Sopwith Camel (oz873)


Sopwith Camel (oz873) by FC Saunders from Aeromodeller 1951 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Sopwith Camel. Scale free flight model WWII fighter biplane. Scale is 1/8.

Quote: "The Sopwith F.1 Scout, usually called the 'Camel', was one of the most famous fighters of the 1914/18 war, and possibly because of the stories of their exploits, the most romantic.

This model 1-1/2 in to 1 ft Camel is exceptionally stable, both under power and on the glide, which is unusually flat. Because most of its component parts are completely knock-off-able, it will stand up to any number of rough landings. The original has been in use since early 1949, and as shown by the photographs, carries the markings of No 28 Sqdn, which served with Camels on Home Defence, and later on the Italian Front.

Fuselage. The fuselage is basically a slabsided structure, with formers and stringers added. First build the two side frames on the plan, these are of a 1/8 in spruce, making sure to fit all the necessary pieces of 1/8 in sheet balsa, where shown.

Remove the two sides from the plan, and fit the cross pieces starting at the nose. When joining the stern post, ensure that it is 3/8 in wide, and that a hole is cut for the rudder pendulum.

The centre section wire struts can now be bound and glued in position. Then bind and glue the brass tube for the front undercarriage leg. Fit all the necessary dowels where shown and also the paper tubes for the bracing wires to pass through. The tail skid formers, and stringers, can then be added, not forgetting the 1/8 in sheet plywood let into the bottom of the fuselage for the rear undercarriage legs..."

Added PDFvector plan tracing, thanks to hogal.

Scale Sopwith Camel from the pen of F.C. Saunders at a scale of 1-1/2 in to the foot (1/8th). Fitted with a pendulum operated rudder and knock-off-able components to ensure the model has good performance and longevity.

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