Academy 1/72 Sopwith Camel WWI Fighter

SKU: ACY12447

This is an Academy 1/72 scale plastic model kit. The Sopwith Camel is the fighter flown by "Biggles" in the novels by W.E. Johns during the First World War. The "Camel" was also flown by Snoopy in the Peanuts comic strip, when he imagines himself as a First World War flying ace and the enemy of the German pilot known as "The Red Baron". Actually, The Camel was perhaps the best allied fighter of WW I. It was a British single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It had a short-coupled fuselage, heavy, powerful rotary engine and heavy fire from twin synchronized machine guns. Its victory tally was 1,924 aircraft shot down in only sixteen months of fighting. The Camel was extremely agile and had a fast rate of climb. In a controversial air battle in 1918 the great Baron Von Richthofen fell to the guns of a 209 Squadron RAF Camel flown by Canadian Roy Brown. Total production was 5,490 aircraft between 1917 and 1918. Academy's kit is an easy build due to its low parts count. Engraved panel lines, rivet and strut detail are all there, plus engine and landing gear detail and an accurate RAF decal set. Item Dimension: 3.12 x 4.5 x 1.4 inches.