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Postage Stamp Planes PS5350-3
Sopwith Camel Diecast Model
AFC No.6 Sqn, B5248, Minchinhampton, England, 1918

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

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The Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was established in 1912 and was the forerunner of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) which was formed on 31st March 1921. The AFC's No 1 Squadron flew against Turkey in the Middle East from 1915 to 1918 and no's 2,3 & 4 Squadrons against Germany on the Western Front from 1916 till the Armistice in 1918. The AFC's best fighter aircraft in the final stages of WW l was the famous Sopwith Camel which could climb to 3000 metres (12,000 feet) in 12 minutes, fully loaded with weapons and ammunition. The Sopwith Camel was a single-seat biplane fighter aircraft that was introduced to the Western Front in 1917. The Sopwith Camel was powered by a single rotary engine and armed with twin synchronised Vickers machine guns. The AFC's 3 top Aces A. H. Cobby, E. R. King and E. J. McCloughry all flew Sopwith Camels in No.4 Sqn. AFC.

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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