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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
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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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"fun build, but disappionting finish. . ."
clunymike
Have you ever had it happen that you’re at a burger joint, and you’re really enjoying your burger, and then just before your last bite you notice half a cockroach in the burger? Well, this model isn’t quite that bad, but similar. Although there’s nothing super special about it, but it’s a fun little build. There’s not much flash, the pieces fit well, and if you’re looking for a quick fun model for between your more serious projects, this is it. But then you get to the decals (the half a cockroach). I only learned this after the fact, but apparently Academy is infamous for particularly bad decals. In fact, if you look at this model on the actual Academy website, you’ll notice that even they didn’t use their own decals! They painted on the roundels etc.! These decals will not stick, they will not snuggle down no matter how much or what type of setting solution you use (Seriously I tried several), and they silver like crazy. I left the decals on for my pictures so everyone could see how bad they look. So, if you want a fun easy model, buy this one. . . but get some aftermarket decals too!

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Features

  • 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.

Specs

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

Includes

One 1/72 Plastic Sopwith Camel WWI Fighter


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Reviews

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"Not The Best Kit But Ok For Practice"
imageArtCo (Bayonne, NJ)
I agree with the negative reviews preceding mine. The kit is average with fit problems and the decals are below standard. The stripes do not match any of the research photos I have found, nor does the artwork on the cover. It is a good kit to hone your skills as far as learning to fix problems with a sub-par model. If that is not your cup of tea, avoid this kit.

 
"Good Value"
a22046
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.

 
"Good Beginners Kit But Some Problems"
SamuelTyree
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.

Markings

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

Comments

  • 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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