Sopwith Camel (oz4446)
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Sopwith Camel. Rubber scale model WWI British fighter biplane. Discontinued kit. Guillows kit no WW-6.
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User commentsOnly Guillows model I ever built, in the barracks while in the USAF, probably about '66 or '67. Mine was a failure, just too heavy to fly on rubber power. That impossibly short nose was the culprit. In order to achieve some semblance of balance, Guillows included a really thick molded plastic cowling to provide the needed weight, probably weighed as much as the whole airplane. I couldn't even get much of a glide, should have just set it up as a display model and forget about flight. Interestingly, no one in the building complained about the smell of clear dope....
DougSmith - 29/03/2016
I found photos of the Guillow rubber powered Sopwith Camel which I converted to 4 channel RC. Here is one posing [model photo].
IrwinMWeisbrot - 10/06/2019
Speaking of modified Guillows kits, this is my own journey along those lines from a half-century ago… this one being a control line version of Captain Roy Brown’s Squadron 209 Camel. It was Brown (DSC and Bar, RAF, Western Front) who of course, engaged the Red Baron in the latter’s final aerial combat.
My Sopwith Camel was a modified Guillows 18” ws rubber-powered kit [pics 004-006], beefed-up appropriately to withstand the riggers of control-line flying… complete with a McCoy .049 for power (note the needle-valve protruding from the side). Perfect-brand rubber-tired “rat-racer” wheels were substituted in lieu of the kit-furnished plastic units… along with piano wire/wooden landing gear struts. Overall finish was in butyrate dope. Note the aluminum (beer can) pitot tube on the outer inter-plane strut as well as the prop-wash-driven air pump (non-functional) located on the aft cabane. She flew great, but as stated by a previous builder, needed a lot of weight up forward (short nose moment) to balance her out. Wooden Top Flite 6”dia. prop completes the "business end" of things.
Thank you again, Steve and Mary. I do so enjoy adding “faces” to the model plans you’ve made available to all of us. Inspiration!
Neal Green - 06/08/2020
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