1/32 Hobbycraft Sopwith F-1 Camel

Gallery Article by Victor De Jesus on Nov 25 2014



The fitting of the parts for this aircraft was superb! After 40 years of on and off modeling, I decided to build a WWI aircraft (Oh yeah, I was scared before ;-). I have recently visited several air museums and I've seen several beauties that have been wonderfully restored and maintained. 


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Finding the required PC 10 and clear doped paint was the true challenge during this build. After several visits to my local hobby shops, I found the last one of each of the paints hidden among the rest of other paints. For the varnish wood finish, I painted the parts with wood color as base. I then made decals with the wood grain finish, and I made templates for each of the parts that called for the wood looking finish. I must admit that applying the decals to each of the parts was a painstaking effort that took a lot of time to accomplish. In the end, the wood parts do look like natural wood and it made the model stand out even more. The build was a smooth sailing until I had to attach the upper wing to the support beams. Boy, just thinking about it makes me get a headache. That almost caused me to slam this kit against the wall as I had several failed attempts. Eventually I got it right and then came the wiring of the wings. That wasn't as bad as the attachment of the upper wing, but by far it was the most intimidating part for me. I am pretty sure that I made a couple of mistakes during the wiring, but I am just happy that the upper wing did not become detached (I would have smashed the kit if that had happened). 

The decals were very thin and flimsy, and I was lucky to get the result that I ended up with. I had to paint over some of the rough edges that kindda fell away while applying them. Once everything was attached and painted, I sealed everything with a coat of clear semi-gloss lacquer. 

Victor De Jesus

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Photos and text by Victor De Jesus