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CYMODEL creates detailed and nice user or instruction manuals for their rc model airplanes. Also a detailed building or instruction manual for the Sopwith Camel from CYMODEL is available.
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1. High-quality, prepainted, fiberglass cowling;
2. High-quality balsa and plywood material;
3. Light weight and strong construction;
4. Functional scale flaps;
5. Hardware package included;
6. Scale color scheme with professional covering;
7. Decals pre-applied at factory.
The Sopwith Camel, along with the Fokker Dr.1, is one of the most well-known aircraft of not only the First World War, but of any era. Thanks to a cartoon beagle, the Camel has transcended aviation circles and become something of a pop culture icon too.
Designed by Herbert Smith of Sopwith Aviation and designated the F 1, the Camel received its nickname from the hump shaped covering enclosing twin Vickers machine guns fitted on top of the fuselage and firing through the propeller arc. Another distinctive feature of the squatty little biplane is the straight upper wing and significant dihedral of the lower wing. The Camel was often powered by a 130 h.p. Clerget rotary engine and this contributed to its terrific maneuverability. With a rotary, the entire engine revolves at high speed with the propeller. This great clockwise spinning mass allowed the Camel to make extremely tight right-hand turns. It also caused many fatal accidents for pilots learning to fly the aircraft. Anyone who?? had the fortune to see and hear a vintage rotary in action won?? soon forget the experience. First joining frontline service in 1917, the Camel proved a match for any other aircraft of the war. With nearly 5,500 built it was the most successful scout aircraft of the period in terms of number of enemy destroyed.