The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the most famous fighter aircraft of the war.
The Sopwith Camel was powered by a single rotary engine and was armed with twin synchronized machine guns, a first for the Royal Flying Corps.
Though proving difficult to handle, it was light and more unstable than its predecessor the Sopwith Pup. The way the aircraft handled provided for a high level of manoeuvrability to an experienced pilot, an attribute which was highly valued in the type's principal use as a fighter aircraft. In total, Camel pilots have been credited with the shooting down of 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict.
Towards the end of the First World War, the type had also seen use as a ground-attack aircraft, partially due to it having become increasingly outclassed as the capabilities of fighter aircraft on both sides were rapidly advancing at that time.
After the War finished the type remained in service for some years and some Camels found their way in the aerobatic Flying Circusís that became popular attractions in the 1920ís. This means that as well as Military colour schemes there is a wealth of other private colour schemes and livery available.
Laser Balsa Cut Kit
Tony Rayís Laser Balsa Cut Kits provide an enjoyable building experience resulting in a flying model that is designed to take RC as standard. It makes a great model for Donor Radio Control Equipment you have from other UMX aircraft, such as the Electronics used in Ares, Fly Zone, Park Zone and E Flite.
Our Kit comes with gearbox brushed motor and propeller and a 29 page Instruction manual specific to the UK, written in English with colour photographs.
We also have a RC board that can be adapted to suit this model easily. The RXH62A board Is available HERE.
The precision parts fit is amazing, and you will not fail to be impressed. The model comes complete with white tissue, brushed motor and propeller. Our own model is coloured in some green tissue that we purchased separately. You will need a sharp knife, sand paper, wood glues of your own preference, although super glues do make for very quick building. If you would like a glue that behaves similar to Super Glue but is water based, try super phatic and from the same company there is now a none smelling Ezee Dope.
Instructions can be downloaded HERE.
The UK KIT with motor version comes with a 8520 coreless motor/Gearbox and a 4530 propeller, other electronic devices are not included.
Our kit also comes with a 29 page Instruction Manual Specific to the UK and the Kit is supplied in a sturdy box. Other suppliers offer a download instruction manual that is not as comprehensive.
You will need
- Glues, sanding paper, sharp knife, covering and covering dope (depending on covering used).
- Radio Control Equipment. The model has been built as 3 function with the ailerons fixed, if built 4 function you will need servos. Various RC equipment can be used with success.