Sopwith Camel: First World War Aircraft
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The iconic Sopwith Camel was so named because of the ‘hump’ created by the gun breech covering its twin Vickers machine guns. While its predecessor, the Pup, was a docile machine to fly, the Camel had to be treated with utmost respect until mastered. One side-effect of its powerful rotary engine was a significant gyroscopic force which tended to pull the aircraft to one side. This had the benefit of giving the Camel a very tight turning circle, which could be utilized to great advantage in a dogfight.
I find that it is useful to have a personal set of 'quality standards' by which I judge my models. My criteria for a successful build are as follows:
- The aircraft should be recognizable as a specific type by the average aviation buff. I also hope that, if you look at the model from a distance, you should recognize the aircraft type before you realize that it has been created from Lego, e.g. “Nice Sopwith Camel, oh wow! it’s made from Lego!”
- The model should be aesthetically pleasing in its own right
- The colour scheme should be accurate, or at least believable
- The model should be as robust and strong as possible without compromising the ‘lightness’ and delicate charm of aircraft of this era
- The scale should be accurate in comparison to the (head and shoulders of the) pilot figure