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Roden's 1/72 scale
Sopwith 2F1 "Ship's Camel"

by Roger Fabrocini

Sopwith 2F1 "Ship's Camel"


Roden's 1/72 scale Sopwith 2F1 Camel is available online from Squadron.com




This is Roden’s 1/72 scale Sopwith 2F1 Camel (“Ship’s Camel”), kit #044. My quick assessment of the kit is that it is finely detailed, whose fit can best be described as fidgety. It is molded in a soft, tan plastic which makes the removal and clean-up of the very small detailed parts easier, with less chance of breakage.





I built the Camel in five sub-assemblies. The fuselage, lower wing and inter-plane struts, top wing, landing gear and tail surfaces. Once the fuselage was complete I temporarily fixed the lower wing, attached the inter-plane struts to it, aligning it with the upper wing using a simple cardboard jig and assembling and aligning the landing gear.



All flying surfaces were cut and repositioned. All sub-assemblies were then disassembled and painted.

Added details included:

  • P.E. seat from Part

  • instrument decals from Mike Grant’s Decals

  • Control horns from Part set #s72-161

  • Prop boss from Part set #s72-213

  • Upper wing sling points from Eduard’s set #48-406

  • Scratch built Admiralty top mount for the Lewis gun



Once painted the sub-assemblies were assembled. For a reason that remains a mystery, once the top wing was attached the kit cabane struts proved to be too long by about .10 “. I used some strut material I had to fashion new ones, losing the kit supplied Rotherham fuel pump that was molded on the right rear cabane strut. (anyone make a P.E. replacement?)



Painting and Markings


Doped surfaces: I custom mixed Gunze-Sangyo acrylics for the PC10 and doped linen. H-421, H-309, and a drop of hemp H-336 for the PC10 (a hue which is too green I‘ve been told, a bit of artistic license on my part), sail H-85, H-318 for the clear doped linen. The CDL surfaces were broken up using different shades, and hues of the base colours. The same method was used on the PC10 surfaces. Doped surfaces are top coated with Floquil lacquer based, flat coat giving them a perfect (to this modeler’s eye) scaled gloss look.

Wood Surfaces:

I use a base coat of Floquil lacquer based foundation #R84. Once dry I apply a mix of artist oils, thinned with turpentine. The Camel’s wooden fuselage section is said to have been stained to a red-brown hue, so a created a mix of transparent red iron oxide, burnt umber and raw sienna, staining the Floquil foundation with it.

I let that dry for about five minutes (I wait for the sheen to leave the paint) then loaded my #1 brush with turpentine and coated the surfaces again. I work the oil paint coat into streaks along the panels. I also work the paint to create highlights and shadows within the various panels.

Though the panels are suppose to be gloss lacquered I found the dull finish more pleasing to my eye and a nice contrast to the “gloss” doped surfaces. The prop is finished in basically the same fashion, but clear-coated with a mix of Tamiya clear orange and yellow.


Aluminum Surfaces

I will state here and now that I know that the cowling was finished in “Battleship Grey”. I just liked the way the Camel looks with the aluminum cowling. Alclad dull aluminum was used as a base coat, followed by dry brushings of Mr. Metal Color Stainless (213), iron (212) and lastly, aluminum (218). Artist oil washes of Payne’s Grey and black were also applied.

Final weathering was done with small controlled washes and post-shading with the usual heavily thinned Tamiya Red-brown/Black mix.





My main concern was using rigging material that was too thick. It could potentially make the double flying wires look over scaled and generally overpower the delicate feel of WWI aircraft.



I find fly-fishing monofilament the easiest material to work with and recently found some .002”/.95# test line available through Roll Models. com. Its only drawback is that it is clear, necessitating a colouring of some sort. Most holes were drilled before painting and “Hashimoto” turnbuckles (see Bucky Sheftall’s LVG C.VI feature) were attached to the inter-plane struts to help space the double flying wires. My fears of attaching the double wires were largely unfounded. I started at the lower wing attachment point, looped it through the turnbuckle, then back to the starting point. I found the .002 monofilament very easy to cut and any slack in the line was taken up by applying heat to the wire using a butane fueled soldering “wand”. Wires were painted using Vallejo Dark Grey.

The kit supplied decals were used for 2f1 #N6603. They conformed well using MicroScale products, though a bit thick with out of register cockades.





Though there are errors, Roden’s Camel rewards one’s patience with a nicely detailed replica.

I must admit to being inspired by Monsieur Jean-Baptiste Verlhac’s builds on http://wwi-models.org , especially his Eduard 2F1. Also thanks to Bucky Sheftall for passing on little bits of his vast knowledge of WWI a/c and model building.

As always, Thanks to Brett and all HyperScalers.



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Page Created 11 October, 2005
Last Updated 10 October, 2005

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