The Sopwith Camel was a British single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917 during the First World War. The Camel had a single pilot and was armed with 2 synchronized machine guns. It was quite manoeurable but difficult to handle. In the end the type in RAF/RFC Service shot down more "enemy German" aircraft than other Allied fighter.

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Sopwith Camel

This Camel is an excellent replica and it is coded "B1795". The real Camel "B1795" was shot down by the famous German Ace Manfred von Richthofen on 3 September 1917 near the northern French town of Bousbecque and Belgian border flying a Fokker F.1.  This replica was seen at the Palm Springs museum, California, USA.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland


Sopwith Camel

This Camel F.1 in a Belgian Air Force scheme (no. B5747 and "S-11")  is preserved in the Brussels armed forces museum in the Jubelpark in Brussel, Belgium.

Photographed Summer 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Numerous kits were released over the years. In the huge 1/8 scale there was the iconic Hasegawa kit with full details and they also had a 1/18 kit. Revell had an old 1/28 kit. In 1/32 scale kits were an old Hobbycraft, Italeri and Academy but now there is a far better WingNut Wings kit. Aurora had an old 1/48 kit as well as Hasegawa but now there is a far better Eduard kit. In 1/72 scale the old Airfix, Revell, Renwall, Nichimo, ESCI/ERTL, Roden kits were released but now there is a far better Eduard kit.

NOTE: the Wingnut Wings 1/32 kit of the Camel (kit 32013) has decals of the RAF 46 squadron Camel "B1795".



This walk around page was first published February 2016 by M. de Vreeze