The fin and rudder were entirely scratch built as it wasn’t worth trying to convert the kit parts. Continue reading SOPWITH CAMEL F1 – HASEGAWA 1:8 (PART 10) FIN & RUDDER
Now we are starting to get into the main parts of the build: The port upper main plane. This is another part of the build which is being done out of sequence. It’s also the last part that has already been commenced by the chap who originally bought the model. Continue reading SOPWITH CAMEL F1 – HASEGAWA 1:8 (PART 6): Port Upper Mainplane
When I received the Sopwith model the main fuel tank was one of the components the previous chap had already assembled and painted. Unfortunately the brush painted finish wasn’t the best, so I decided to remove it and redo the whole thing. Continue reading SOPWITH CAMEL F1 – HASEGAWA 1:8 (PART 5): Fuel Tanks
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
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