Roden’s entry into the world of 1/48th scale WWI aircraft
is a most welcome one.
After Brett’s dissection of the contents, (
it’s time to see how they compare against available plans.
The drawings used for the comparison are those done by Ian
Stair. These are found in Windsock Datafile 34, published by Albatros
Productions. It quickly becomes apparent that this Jack Bruce authored
publication was a main reference source for Roden.
The wings match the outlines very well with all the cellon panels (early
wing) and inspection panels being in the right place. The fastidious may
want to round the wingtip corners a little more though. The one-piece
upper and lower wings ensure that the correctly molded dihedral is
maintained throughout construction. No excuse for misalignment here!
Comparison of the tail plane, fin and rudder also revealed no problems.
The fuselage overlays the drawings perfectly and careful sanding of the
mating surfaces will reward with quite a good fitting cowl and top deck.
The cleverly designed tailskid allows the modeler to “fake” the open
structure that is found to the rear of the fuselage. An area often missed
by manufacturers when producing Sopwith aircraft, is the “ducktail”
leading up to the tail plane. Thankfully, this is something that Roden did
not forget. Equally impressive is the lattice effect around the cockpit
that has also been faithfully reproduced.
The stringer detail on the rear decking, although correct, will provide a
challenge when filling the seam. It may have been better if this was
provided as a separate part, similar to the forward cockpit area.
The well-printed decal sheet provides markings for 4
aircraft. The good choice of subjects are varied enough to satisfy all
I) Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter 9407
This machine displays the colourful markings of No.3 Wing
RNAS. FSL R Collishaw flew this machine on 10 November 1916 and claimed to
have shot down a Fokker aircraft during a raid on Oberndorf.
II) Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter A995
A machine of No.70 Squadron RFC, this aircraft was flown
by Lt. JH Gotch. He had some success flying Strutters, claiming at least a
Halberstadt D.II and Albatros D.V in the type.
III) Sopwith 1.B2
A French machine of Sop.29 as flown by S/Lt. Vicente
Almandos Almonacid in 1917. The Argentine flag inspired the sun emblem on
the upper wing. The latest information on French built Strutters suggests
that the linen was aluminium doped. Thus those that contemplate the French
Strutters should bear this in mind.
IV) Sopwith 1.A2
This colourful Esc. Sop. 226 aircraft was also one of the
many French built machines. As with the above aircraft, the “linen”
surfaces were more likely doped aluminium. Roden label this as a
reconnaissance machine, whereas Brian Knight’s cover art on the
aforementioned Datafile show it with the “B2” designation. Sadly the photo
of this aircraft on the inside cover does not clear up the confusion.
As expected, there is very little to fault with this kit.
Roden continue to provide kits that are good value for
money and their debut offering in 1/48 scale is a worthy one.
Squadron.com for the review sample.
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