Postage Stamp -1/63 Sopwith Camel
One of the most successful single-seat biplane fighter designs of World War I, the Sopwith F.I. Camel would be credited with destroying 1,294 enemy aircraft – more than any other fighter plane during the war. The moniker “Camel” was derived from the hump covering the machine guns forward of the cockpit. The Camel was not easy to fly, though in the hands of a skilled pilot it was quite responsive and maneuverable.
Sopwith Camel B7270, No.209 Sqn. was flown by Captain Arthur Roy Brown, a Canadian air ace. Brown was officially credited with shooting down the “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen on 21 April 1918, though it has been proven that the fatal shot was fired from the ground, most likely by one of several Australian soldiers. Nevertheless, Roy Brown’s air combat record is one of exemplary skill and courage, in its own right. Apart from his acknowledged victories, Brown never lost a pilot under his command during combat, due to his practice of requiring new pilots initially to observe dogfights from a safe distance to see how they worked, prior to deployment.
This diecast metal airplane model comes in 1:63 scale with plastic stand and is approximately 3 3/4 inches (9.5cm) long with a 5 1 /4 inch (13.3cm) wingspan.
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