[WWI] Sopwith Camel Questions

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Wed Aug 21 20:53:29 EDT 2013

As to the 'open' vs 'closed' looking at many Camel pics in my references, almost all of the "Naval" Camels seem to be closed type, but the famous pic of a lineup of N10 Camels shows both, it may have been a modification done at unit level, at the preference of the pilots, rather than at manufacture. As to the Bentley, BR1, Aeroclub announced one about a year ago, but I don't know if it was ever released. (In any case, it has the same double pushrod front as the Clerget,) so... 


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From: "Mike Vice" <jmikl2957 at comcast.net> 
To: wwi at wwi-models.org 
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:28:03 PM 
Subject: [WWI] Sopwith Camel Questions 

                OK, all you Camel experts, I've got a couple of questions for you!  They're in reference to Eduard's 1/48 Kit #8055, the non-profi Sopwith F.1 Camel (RNAS). 

                One of the markings options is for a machine, B7202, delivered to 9N on 23 Jan 1918 and flown by the squadron for about two weeks before it was transferred to 10N on 4 Feb 1918.  Instead of roundels on the fuselage sides it's got these lovely blue-edged-in-grey-and-white sloping and circular fuselage band markings, plus a white center section with two blue horizontal stripes. 

                But now to the questions about the kit, which offers two upper forward fuselage pieces, C2 and C7.  As you might expect, the kit instructions merely suggest "choose one."  (!)  They are rather different from one another.  What I'll call the "open" option, C7, is a piece with leather only partially surrounding the pilot and the space ahead being more open to the guns.  The "closed" option has kind of a circle look, with leather totally surrounding the pilot.  Looking at the GA drawings in The Camel File (Sheet 1, p. 254 ff.) it looks like part C2, the "closed" piece, belongs to the prototype Camel and subsequent 130hp Clerget machines.  The "open" option, C7, appears to be for late production machines (140 hp Clergets); the appropriate drawing looks to be Sheet 8 of the GAs.  For BR.1-powered machines it looks like the "closed" option applies (GA Sheet 9) but I'm not sure. 

                B7202 was a BR.1-powered Clayton and Shuttleworth product that wasn't delivered until the Camel was fairly prevalent in British squadrons but was certainly delivered before the long-stroke 140hp Clergets came into squadron use.  So what's your suggestion, use C2 "closed" or C7 "open"?  I suspect the answer is "closed." 

                Next question: there are two sets of wheels/tyres in the kit but they look pretty much the same.  Which should I use? 

                And lastly, as noted, B7202 was BR.1-powered.  I'm pretty sure the engine in the kit is a Clerget.  Correct?  Or not?  If it's a Clerget, is there an Eduard kit that includes a BR.1 that I can switch with the engine in the kit?  If not, does anyone have a suggestion for finding a 1/48 BR.1 that I can put into the kit? 

                Per usual, TIA. 

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