Sopwith Camel WWI RAF Fighter

This is the Academy Sopwith Camel WWI 1/72 scale fighter airplane model kit.

Academy Sopwith Camel WWI RAF Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #1624
 Academy Plastics # acy1624
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 2-3/4" (7cm)
  • Width: 4-3/4" (12.1cm)
  • Height: 1" (2.5cm)
  • Academy Product Number: 1624
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"Good Beginners Kit But Some Problems"
Like the Academy Spad XIII, this is a good beginner plane because it is such a good price. It’s best used as a beginner’s plane, or a practice piece. It is simple to build, and the parts fit together pretty well, with only one major seam where the tail fits onto the back of the fuselage. The amount of work it would take to fix this hard to reach seam wasn’t worth it to me so I just left it. The seam from where the fuselage joined took a bit of fuss, but was no big deal. I did have to force the nose of the plane together and glue with CA glue to close the huge gap. This is apparently a common problem. The rib supports on the wings were too pronounced and they just looked like lines on plastic and not like ribs covered in cloth. I sanded these down to round them off and make them less pronounced and I think the kit looks much better for it. Also, some of the raised panel lines on the plane should be recessed, but are presented as raised lines. I used the point of my hobby knife to scribe lines on the fuselage using the raised lines as a guide for the knife. When I finished the scribing, I removed the raised lines leaving only the proper recessed lines. There was a small line of flash along some of the pieces easily taken care of with a hobby knife. Some of the parts were too small use sanding sticks and the like. The main problem with this kit is the decals. They are way too thick and didn’t form to the plane very well even after using Micro Set and multiple applications of Micro Sol. They are also too large and I had to trim the ones that are for the vertical stabilizer. Because of their thickness, they had tendency to silver on the edges. I trimmed some of those edges off to keep that from happening, but it wasn’t possible to do that for all the decals. The good thing about the decals is that they are robust, so not a bad choice for a youngster since they don’t tear easily. This kit isn’t bad for the money, but the decals situation makes it a very difficult, and at times frustrating, kit to build.

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  • Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in grey.
  • The exterior surface of the plane is detailed with metal seams, bolt heads, and various other minute details.
  • Accurately reproduced biplane construction.
  • Dual Vickers machine guns mount atop the fuselage.
  • Realistic landing gear affix to the bottom of the craft.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly.


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 2-3/4" (7cm)
  • Width: 4-3/4" (12.1cm)
  • Height: 1" (2.5cm)
  • Academy Product Number: 1624


One 1/72 Plastic Sopwith Camel WWI Fighter

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"Good enough for an 8yr old"
This kit was bought for my Grandsons first glue together model kit here are the Pro & Con of the model ---Pros: -Good value (very inexpensive) -parts were molded very well compared to the similar Revell kits with minimal cleanup. Cons: -only one decal set -Minimal interior detail -there is no paint scheme. Seriously, they tell you where the decals go and give you a black-and-white picture of the plane with NO paint colors in the instructions. Not too big of a deal, but annoying. After my grandson built the model I tore it apart and attempted to make it look some what like the box. We did a lot of internet surfing to find a color schemes and if they had camo patterns & cable stabilizing for the wings

"the sopwith camel"
This kit goes together well. The tail is a weak spot the rudder attachment is tiny and will fail if not enough glue is used. The struts are one piece and fit easily. The landing gear is also weak, as the landing gear is made of very thin plastic so be patient and gentle in installing the gear once installed the gear is strong. After that paint and decal . the over all kit looks good once finished.

"It was Mostly good overall"
Anthony Faulds (West Mifflin, PA)
So I decided to buy the Stopwith Camel as my First Bi-plane and World War One model. When I first got the model in on Friday the 12 of May 2017, I was somewhat surprised on how much parts, and how small the box was. When I first open the contents of the box The detail on it Was quite amazing and the quality on the Fuselage, The building of the model was quite good but some occasion the wooden parts on the model that would hold the wings, and the gear legs were hard to get in and to balance on the model, But the rest Was easy. But I was putting the decals they had a clear, visible outline to the naked eye, and the decals would curl after taking them off the wet decal sheet. Overall I would recommend this to people if they want a quick model to build up. Or Just to hone their skill's as a modeler.


  • One Decal Sheet with Markings for One Aircraft
  • 1: No. 10 Squadron, B Flight, Royal Navy
  • Airframe and Detail Colors
  • Red, Grey, White


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children.
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives.
  • Modeling paint should only be used by an adult in a well-ventilated area.

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