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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Revell Sopwith Camel - H.628

Welcome to the Vintage Model Kit blog!

I have decided to start this blog to show case some of the classic kits contained in my vintage model collection.

I particularly enjoy looking at the quality box top art which is sadly lacking in modern plastic model kits.

I really hope you too will enjoy reading this blog and would be very pleased to receive your comments!

For my inaugural post, I am showing the 1/72 scale Revell Sopwith Camel kit number H-628 which dates back to around 1964. Unlike Revell kits today, this one was manufactured by Revell (Great Britain) Ltd in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

The kit was one of a series that Revell produced of World War 1 aircraft which included amongst others, the Spad XIII, the Fokker DV11, the SE-5A and the Nieuport 28.

The Sopwith Camel first entered service with the Royal Flying Corps in July 1917 and proved very capable on the Western Front. It had a wingspan of 28' and a length of 18'6". It's service ceiling was 18000 feet.

It's most reknowned World War 1 victory was the shooting down of the infamous Red Baron - Manfred von Richthofen by Captain Roy Brown on 21st April 1918.

The Revell model kit represents Captain Brown's Sopwith Camel F-1 of 209 Squadron RFC.

A similar kit to this one is currently for sale on E-bay. Please click here

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