The Aviation Militarie Belge received 54 Sopwith Camels. The first 36
aircraft were numbered Sc1 through Sc36. The numbering of the last 18
is not known, although there were an Sk1 and and Sk7.
The 11th Fighter Squadron (Paper Bird or Cocotte insignia) had six
Camels on May 1, 1918, and 11 on Sept. 25.
I chose to model SK 4, mainly because I wanted to build an aircraft that
wasn't flown by one of the more famous aces. As such it is rather
non-discrept when compared to Olieslagers and Copens' mounts. It is
loosely based on Jean vand er Voordt's aircraft.
The kit is from Revell. For the interior I used Roseparts' brass, which
bent up perfectly and fit nicely without any adjustments. I removed the
molded-in engine and replaced it with the Aeroclub Clerget with the
photoetched pushrods. I also used the Aeroclub prop. I filled the
trenches in the wings and used Contrail struts.
The hardest part of the build was removing the step (much bigger than a
seam) that runs the length of the fuselage both on top and bottom,
although the bottom was worse. Even grinding out the cowl to accept the
Aeroclub engine was easier.
The rigging is .005 steel wire. Upper surfaces are painted in Xtracolor
RFC Green, while the undersides of the wings were Humbrol Cream (#103).
The Paper Bird insignia was made by using some white Superscale decal
stripes. I cut two trapezoids and one triangle for each side. The
rondells were from Americal-Gryphon, while the tail feathers were
painted. The SK 4 was taken from an "N" scale railroad letter decal
sheet from Microscale.
This is another 1/72 Revell kit, which I started at the same time as the
Belgian Camel. The intent was to replace two badly done models from 15
years ago with new ones using updated techniques. I bought an Aeroclub
Clerget for this kit as well, but opted for the one without the
pushrods. The cowl was ground out with a Dremel tool to accept the
metal engine. I made several attempts at heat/smash molding on this and
Belgian Camel's cowl, but failed each time.
Since I was building both simultaneously, I used the Roseparts interior
guide for scratching the interior of this model, keeping in mind that
of it wouldn't show anyway once the fusleage was closed. I filled the
troughs in the wings with Squadron White Putty and cut Contrail struts
the right size using the Aircraft Archive Volume #1 plans as a guide.
As with the Belgian Camel, there was a big step on the upper and lower
fuselage. At first I thought the fit was misaligned, but finally
that one side was taller in profile that the other. This mold is
very old. While I sanded the top of the fusleage level, I trowled on
White Putty underneath to acheive an even surface.
I used Humbrol Cream #103 for the CDL under the wings and Xtracolor RFC
Green for everything else but the white nose. Decals are out of the
The rigging is .005 steel wire.
This 1/72 Revell kit was built 15 years ago and was intended for the
or the less-than-gentle hands of my three-year-old son. However, both
and his 6-year-old brother love sitting on my lap while I play Red Baron
, especially the Intro Video which features Roy Brown in a somewhat
fictionalized end to the Red Baron's career. I thought it would be nice
paint up this old model in Brown's colors, keeping in mind the latest
information that indicates a more colorful bird than the image I grew up
I started by removing the top wing and sewing thread rigging. This
was so old it was before I started using beeswax to prevent clumps from
forming on the painted thread. It was truly hideous. Next I trimmed
the existing struts to the proper level and glued the top wing back on.
left the engine/cowl as they were and tried to impart some depth using
different metalic colors: Modelmaster Jet Exhaust for the firewall and
crankcase, ModelMaster Gun Metal for the cylinders and Testors Chrome
for the pushrods. The fuselage needed sanding like the more recently
purchased models --indicating this has been a problem for a long time.
The CDL was Humbrol Cream #103, while PC 10 was Xtracolor RFC Green.
nose, fin and horizontal tail were painted in Modelmaster Guards Red,
the elevators were painted Gloss White. The gloss was toned-down with
flat. The rigging is smoke-colored "Invsible Sewing Thread." Decals are
This is the 1/72 ESCI Camel and another rehab project. Instead of
this 12-year-old kit to my 6-year-old, I decided to paint it up as my
personal English "mount" after D. The Chopper launched his OT aviation
fantasy celebrating a listmember's birthday. My German "mount," a black
Albatros with a red Blitz, was inspired by E. The Heretic and his query
how we would decorate our own OT aircraft. I hope the list will
not only the lack of a historical prototype for the Albatros, but the
inclusion of this aircraft which is slightly outside the WW1 time-frame.
The US Navy received several Sopwith Camels after the end of the war,
of which were used aboard ships. One was assigned, along with a
the USS Texas and was flown off a platform built atop the #2 Turret.
Although pictures I have seen of this aircraft show it in what looks to
PC10, the aircraft displayed at the US Naval Aviation Museum in
painted in overall light gray. This is the subject I chose to model.
As this model had already been assembled, I merely removed the sewing
rigging and repainted it. I used ModelMaster Light Gull Gray and
Silver. The molded-in engine was painted with the same variety of
I used on Brown's Camel. However, the lack of actual depth on this
hurt the ultimate appearance as compared to the Revell kit. Decals came
from the decal drawer, including lettering from a Microscale Railroad
set. For what it's worth, the struts on ESCI kit are the correct length
need not be cut.
This is the much maligned 1/72 Airfix 2F1 Camel and the result of
inspiration born of competition. While in the process of finishing four
Sopwith Camels and with a local model contest two weeks away, I decided
needed one more to qualify for the Collection Category (five or more of
closely related subject). While leafing through "The Camel File," I
compelling photograph of "N5," the 2F1 prototype, armed with Le Prieuer
rockets. Now here was something completely different. I also began
wondering about the paint-job. As this would be an RNAS machine, and
RNAS Sopwiths (namely the Triplane) wore PC 12, wouldn't it be possible
"N5" wore it?
Using the secret handshake, I canvased the list and was told to read the
chapter on Camel markings at the end of "The Camel File." And, lo and
behold, the author of the article notes that Sopwith-produced 2F1s were
painted in PC 12 at the factory. "N5" was a Sopwith-built 2F1.
There is a lot to dislike about the Airfix kit. I discarded the cowl
undercarriage, using the spares box to replace them. The machine guns
also replaced, the Lewis with an Aeroclub part and the Vickers with a
Rosepart. I didn't do a full rebuild, but I did widen the fuselage nose
some, sealed off the starboard-side gunport in the nose and scratched an
Admiralty-pattern Lewis gun mount using pictures in "The Camel File" as
guide. The rockets were purloined from a TOKO Nieuport that has yet to
For PC 12, I used Ceramcoat Iron Oxide straight out of the bottle and
thinned with Future. It brushed on smooth, without a blemish. Flying
surface undersides and the fin were done in Ceramcoat Old Parchment.
coat of plain Future was applied prior to decal placement, which came
the Americal/Gryphon sheet. The registration number was created from a
stripe decal from SuperScale and railroad lettering from Microscale. An
Superscale sheet also provided the Sopwith logo. Rigging is with .005
I built the 1/48 scale SMER Sopwith Camel as one of many preparatory
exercises before attempting to tackle the more expensive and more
1/48 scale models produced by Eduard. I'm mainly honing my
skills on the cheap kits so that I won't ruin the Eduard's too badly.
That said the SMER Camel was built out-of-the-box with some rudimentary
interior detailing with styrene strip in the cockpit. The only place
needed work was the covered gundeck, the opening of which was too narrow
my purposes. The guns of the kit are its worst feature and replacements
required. Unfortuntately, Aeroclub's Vickers were too big. I cut out
long slots to make a semi-covered gundeck (the type that covered the
portions of the guns).
I picked Collishaw's XX Squadron machine. The PC 10 was Extracolor RFC
Green, while the CDL was Humbrol Cream. The wood grain effect was
with a base of ModelMaster Wood, watercolor pencil scratches and a
of Future. Decals are out-of-the-box except for the white band, which
made with white decal film. Rigging is mostly .008 steel wire, except
the control wires, which were .007 fishing tippet line.
When a 1/48 scale Monogram Sopwith Camel turned up for sale on the list
$5, I couldn't resist. I had the Monogram SE 5a, thought it well done
thought the Camel would equal it. It turned out to be one of those
The main problems with the kit are the gundeck, overstated ribs, and the
cowl appears to be the wrong shape. I was also dismayed to find that
aerlions and elevators were represented by *raised lines* on the wings
tail. The attachment of the undercarriage to the fuselage is assisted
pair of reinforced attachment points not present on the prototype
The gundeck is the covered type with a slot that was too narrow to
the Aeroclub Vickers replacements. I carved out two slots to make it
semi-covered type of gundeck. I sanded down the ribs and scribed in the
aerlions and elevator lines.
Both wings were seriously warped. Using hot water, I straigthened them
remembering to impart a dihedral in the lower set. (I detailed this
nightmare in a posting to the list a couple of months ago and don't want
think about much less write about it again.) The trenches were filled
putty and Contrail struts were used instead of the kit parts. Painting
rigging were done in the same manner as the SMER Camel above.
By the way, these are two different kits. The cowls are different as is
everything else except the engines. However, you could put the SMER
on the Monogram and vice-versa. I almost bought an Aurora Camel to
my research into similarities, but resisted the urge. I'd have to say
experience with the Monogram Camel assisted my resistance.