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Sopwith F.1 Camel
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Main Parts
The tan-coloured parts are beautifully moulded on 4 sprues. The fabric effect on the fuselage is very subtle. The represention of ribs on the wings and tail may be a little heavy, but should look great under a coat of paint. Alternative upper-wings, engine cowlings and fuselage top-deckings are provided.

Construction
This is not a kit to be hurried. While assembly shouldn't be difficult, this is a fairly complex model. All the control surfaces are provided separately and there are a number of small parts. My only area of concern is the fuselage to lower-wing joint. Eduard has tackled this in a way which creates a prominent seam which will need careful filling...

Details
Interior detail is exceptional for this scale, and there's no need to wait for a Profi-Pack version... Eduard has included a pre-painted etched harness as standard. Decal instrument faces are provided and a novel feature is a decal to represent the wicker-work effect on the pilot's seat - only a full-build will show how successful this is...

Painting and Markings
The painting guide is printed in colour. and, although it shows a lot of "dithering", the result is quite handy. Decals are printed perfectly in register (in my example) and provide markings for 3 aircraft, including that flown by Capt. Roy Brown. The wing roundels are ready-sliced to match the separate ailerons - a thoughtful feature, which should avoid any accidents with a scalpel. As usual in their new releases, Eduard have included a sheet of Express Masks.

Conclusion
Overall, this is an exceptional model... arguably the best WW1 kit yet produced in 1/48 scale. It can only help confirm Eduard's place in the "big league" of kit-manufacturers.
SUMMARY
A first look at Eduard's long awaited Sopwith F.1 Camel. This kit has been a long time in appearing but, as soon as you open the box, it's obvious that Eduard has really pulled the stops out in a bid to create a real stunner.
  PLASTIC PARTS:90%
  DETAIL ACCESSORIES:90%
  DECALS:90%
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 8057
  Suggested Retail: 16.00
  Related Link: Eduard
  PUBLISHED: Aug 31, 2003
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.10%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2019 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


   

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