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New Release: Sopwith Camel (2016 Edition)

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About the Sopwith Camel:

The Sopwith Camel was a British WWI single-seat biplane fighter aircraft originally introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It used a rotary engine and included twin synchronized machine guns. It was incredibly difficult to handle and took a skilled pilot to operate the craft. Camel pilots were credited with shooting down an estimated 1,294 enemy aircraft; more than any other allied fighter of the conflict. It served as a ground-attack aircraft, especially towards the end of the war, when it became outclassed in air-to-air roles.

An important role of the Sopwith Camel was night fighting and home defense. The RNAS flew Camels from Eastchurch and Manston airfields against daylight raids by German bombers. A number of Camels were more extensively modified with the Vickers machine guns being replaced by overwing Lewis guns, and the cockpit being moved rearwards so the pilot could reload the guns. This modification became known as the “Sopwith Comic”, and allowed the guns to be fired without affecting the pilot’s night vision.

Specifications

  • Role: Biplane fighter
  • Designer: Herbert Smith
  • Introduction: June 1917
  • Number produced: 5,490
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 18 ft 9 in (5.72 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Clerget 9B 9-cylinder Rotary engine, 130 hp (97 kW)
  • Maximum speed: 113 mph (182 km/h)
  • Range: 300 mi ferry (485 km)
  • Guns: 2x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine guns

Additional information about this Brickmania custom building kit:

The Sopwith Camel has the following features

  • Sleek fuselage design and completely tiled wing surface
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Twin BrickArms machine guns
  • includes one pilot minifig
  • 1/35 scale to match other Brickmania models
  • Over-all color is dark and light gray
  • Includes premium vinyl sticker sheet with two complete roundel sets
  • Includes XXX genuine new-condition LEGO® and BrickArms elements
  • Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years experience with LEGO is recommended)

All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.

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