Re: Camel metal panels

Mark K. Nelson (mnelson@compusmart.ab.ca)
Mon, 31 Jul 1995 22:00:20 -0700

>Hmmm! Good point! The other point that occurred to me later after
>my posting (why do these thoughts always come *after* I post?) is
>that with all that oil being spewed out by those Clerget
>and LeRhone rotaries, maybe it wouldn't it wouldn't even be
>necessary for an erk to wipe down the cowls to prevent rust.
>Everytime the engine was cranked up, it'd be like spraying the
>whole thing with WD-40. So, maybe my rust theory is less than
>conclusive :-(
>
>I can't find a darn thing in my books on this. My bet's still
>on aluminum but I'm just guessing. Anybody got access to the
>'Planes of Fame' or Canadian Camels for a definitive resolution
>of this?
>
>Bill
>

I decided to do a quick flip through a variety of books on sopwith types.
Most of them only mention paint or "natural metal" finish, but the 1 1/2
strutter datafile explicitly states Aluminum.

It would probably be fatal (amongst this crowd) to assume that all sopwiths
had Aluminum cowlings, but, what the heck, go for it!

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Mark (From Kites & Other Delights in West Edmonton Mall)
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mnelson@compusmart.ab.ca