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This is the Sopwith Camel in micro-scale. It is an early example of a biplane plane, and was used extensively in the early years of aviation. I decided to build this because I wanted to make something that you don't see very much nowadays. Since I have a fascination with aircraft, I decided to build an old biplane plane. The Sopwith Camel was the perfect aircraft. I think it would make a great LEGO set because not only does it look nice and displays well, it also has a high level of playability. One could easily purchase many of these aircrafts and recreate mock battles or even create an attractive display. This build uses a total of 44 pieces.
My model features:
- Accurate landing gear
- Realistic props
- Posable wings
The Sopwith Camel was the workhorse of the BAF in the early years of aviation. It is one of the most iconic planes. It was manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company between 1917 and 1920. Of the huge 5,490 built, only eight originals remain. The Sopwith Camel had a length of nearly nineteen feet (5.72 meters) and a wingspan of 28 feet (8.53 meters). It was able to attain a top speed of 113 mph (182 km/h) thanks to its single Clerget 9B 9-Cylinder rotary engine, or in some cases a Bentley BR1, and had an action radius of 150 miles (242 kilometers). The Sopwith Camel used the technique of packing all the weight into the center of the aircraft to make it more maneuverable, although this also had the effect of making the aircraft harder to fly.