As a bit of light relief, and also to put off the time when I have to embark on the main structure of this camel, I decided to assemble the instrument panel. (You will have noticed by now that any adherence to Hasegawa’s recommended build sequence is purely accidental). Continue reading SOPWITH CAMEL F1 – HASEGAWA 1:8 (PART 4): Instrument Panel
So, it was the wheels next…
The saga of the wheels became a bit more involved than I expected. The ones in the kit are simple two piece affairs that depict the wheels in their covered form with some faux spokes and valve showing through a cut-out in the fabric
In the post about the Clerget engine I mentioned completing the propeller and said I’d cover it in a later post, so here we are. I’ve included the wing struts too as they were done in parallel.
The prop and wing struts are parts of the model that catch your eye so I wanted to make sure that they had visual impact. To achieve it I opted for a high gloss, deep mahogany coloured finish. In fact glossier than the real thing probably.
The first part of Hasegawa’s Sopwith Camel kit is the Clerget 9B engine. The kit I’d bought was second hand and the previous owner had already assembled most of the engine, and not to a standard I was happy with. However, the lady selling the model said that there was also a separate unstarted Clerget engine model available that she would include for free. Top stuff! Continue reading Sopwith Camel F1 – Hasegawa 1:8 (Part 1), Clerget 9B Rotary Radial Engine
Many years ago, 20+ in fact, I went into a model shop in Hull, England and hanging from the ceiling above the counter was a truly magnificent model of an S.E.5a WWI bi-plane. The model was huge, as far as I was concerned, and finished without fabric covering so you could see all of the rigging, spars, ribs etc. I was utterly impressed. Continue reading Sopwith Camel F1 – Hasegawa 1:8