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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017 01:29 am 
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Hello everyone! I don't know whether it's just my experience or if there actually is a problem, but the engine cowlings on model Sopwith Camel never fit.

I have three models currently all of which have this problem to some extent: Airfix 1:72 (built), Revell 1:72 (unbuilt), and Italeri 1:32 (unbuilt). Now the Airfix model is an old kit ( I don't know exactly when as I bought it off eBay, but a best estimate would be the 70's) so this does somewhat excuse it. However the Revell and Italeri kits are far more modern and yet the apparently perfectly semi-spherical engine cowling juts out at odd angles and doesn't follow the shape of the rest of the plane. This isn't too bad on the Revell kit as the irregularities are at least symmetrical, but the Italeri kit fits fine on one side but not on the other. I don't understand why this should be as my Airfix Sopwith pup is a perfect fit so clearly it's possible to do it correctly.

Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone have a method to neatly fix this without using a huge amount of filler?


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017 01:34 am 
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Update: I was ranting there a bit in annoyance that he Italeri kit I just bought didn't seem to fit well. However this was just dry fitting and the piece in question does fit when the machine gun mounting is in place.


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017 03:05 am 
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In fact the Revell Camel dates back to 1963, not a great deal younger than the Airfix.

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The Airfix Camel dates from 1957 :!:

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017 10:48 am 
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Wow! A lot older than I thought. That definitely explains it


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