|Feb 29, 2004, 10:46 AM|
86 year old scale Sopwith Camel!
An RC buddy had a co-worker recently loan him his father's photo album from when he was a mechanic with the 43rd Aero Squadron in WW1. There is a treasure trove of old photos!
Imagine his surprise when he came to a number of photos that appear to be a large scale Sopwith Camel model with what looks like a miniature rotary engine. Obviously, this was long before the advent of RC. But maybe free flight or control line, or just a static model? It looks like it has workable control surfaces, and the engine is very interesting in that it's a 5 cylinder. If they were making just a static model with a dummy engine, wouldn't they likely have gone ahead and done a 9 cylinder like the real ones?
The entire album may be viewed at 43rd Aero Squadron Album . Lots of crashed aircraft and some interesting pictures of captured German aircraft too.
Any coments or further info would be breatly appreciated.
RC Dawn Patrol
|Mar 05, 2004, 05:37 AM|
There is some speculation that it might have been something built by Sopwith for training ground crews. I don't know, those guys look pretty proud of it in the pictures. It'll be interesting to see what (if anything) can be learned.
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