[WWI] Barker's Camel

Thunderbird Models tbirdmodels at gmail.com
Fri Apr 14 18:48:38 EDT 2017

It's entirely possible it was painted that way at some point, it's just
that I've never seen it protrayed that way before and it doesn't seem to
tie in with any of the existing pics (including the one in the WNW
instructions!) during its time in 139 squadron when the cowling and forward
panels were overpainted. If indeed it was overpainted in gloss PC10 at some
point I would have thought WNW would include a photo in their instructions
to back it up, if there is any photographic evidence.

Andy Bannister
Thunderbird Models Ltd

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On 14 April 2017 at 17:54, Ray Boorman <fokkereiv at gmail.com> wrote:

> You have to be careful with his aircraft, being the longest serving Camel.
> He had it for more than a year, in which time it had more than one
> replacement undercarriage, new top wing. and had been repainted and redoped
> more than once. So perhaps sometime during that time it was as portrayed..
>  pity it wasn't preserved...
> Ray
> On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 6:44 AM Thunderbird Models <tbirdmodels at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The Wingnuts Camels arrived a couple of days ago. I'll dispense with the
>> usual superlatives; they are typical WNW quality - enough said! I take
>> issue with their depiction of Barker's Camel though. They have it as glossy
>> PC10 cowling and metal / wood panels. Surely this can't be? Photographs
>> show this to be extremely dark - black or red would be my guess - nowhere
>> near the PC10 of the rest of the airframe, even taking into account tonal
>> differences due to gloss vs semi-gloss paint or the different materials
>> being covered. In Chaz Bowyer's "Sopwith Camel, King of Combat", it's
>> stated that one of Barker's pilot's said he "liked a show" and painted the
>> small spinner red. No mention of red being applied anywhere else, but
>> surely someone who "liked a show" would not have had his machines cowling
>> etc. overpainted in dull PC10?!
>> Anyone know where Wingnuts got this idea from? Is there any documentation
>> to support it? It's not standard practice as far as I'm aware so I can't
>> see Barker requesting such a dull scheme. I may drop Wingnuts a line to see
>> where they came up with the colouring.
>> Andy Bannister
>> Thunderbird Models Ltd
>> www.thunderbirdmodels.co.uk
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