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Postage Stamp Planes PS5350-2
Sopwith Camel Diecast Model
RFC No.209 Sqn, Arthur Brown, Bertangles, France, 1918

1:63 Scale   Length   Width
Sopwith Camel   3.5"   5.25"

The Sopwith Camel was a British single-seat biplane fighter which was introduced in 1917, replacing the Sopwith Pup. One of the most successful biplane fighter designs of World War 1, the Camel's name was derived from the slight hump covering the machine guns forward of the cockpit. Although the Camel was responsive and maneuverable, it was tricky to fly because most of its weight was located in the front third of the aircraft. Still the Camel was credited with destroying more enemy aircraft (1,294) than any other fighter plane during the war. Sopwith Camel B7270 - No. 209 Sqn. was flown by Captain Arthur Roy Brown, a Canadian World War I flying ace. The Royal Air Force officially credited Brown with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron", although it is now generally agreed that the bullet that hit Richthofen was fired from the ground.

Sopwith Camel

Designed as a heavier, more powerful refinement of the Sopwith Pup, the Camel was first flown in 1917. Earning its name from the distinctive humped fairing surrounding its twin .303 Vickers machine guns, the Camel's unforgiving flight characteristics claimed the lives of many students in flight training. In the hands of a skilled pilot though, it was an extreme dogfighter that could out-maneuver any contemporary with the possible exception of the Fokker Dr.I. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane's handling under power. Together with the S.E.5a, the Camel helped gain superiority over the German Albatros and is credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter.

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Postage Stamp Planes

The "Postage Stamp Planes" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft.

"Postage Stamp Planes" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic ordnance loads.

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