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Sopwith 1˝ Strutter
single seat bomber

Review Part Three
Differentiators, Accuracy & Markings




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: RD404
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 10 parts in clear styrene; 58 parts in light grey styrene;  1x photo-etched fret; four marking options.
Price: USD$20.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Accurate; nice surface texture; excellent small details (brass and plastic); significant subject; plentiful marking options; well thought-out engineering (e.g. placement of sprue connectors on fuselage); great to see a 1/48 scale companion company to Eduard in the WWI mainstream market
Disadvantages: Clear fuselage and wings is a creditable but probably misguided idea; no locating pins on main parts; some potential fit problems - builder beware!
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner

Roden's 1/48 Scale Sopwith 1˝ Strutter Bomber is available online from Squadron.com




As expected, the contents are essentially the same as those found in the release of the two-seat version. In this case, sprue D replaces G to provide the single seat insert for the top of the fuselage. The wings and fuselage components are still molded in clear plastic, which is a blessing to some, and a hindrance to others. The idea is to allow for easy replication of the cellon-covered areas and to permit the imitation of the airframe through a light coat of paint over a dark coloured structure. The downside is that the plastic is more brittle to work with and harder to see when eliminating joins.

A nice fret of P-E supplies the fuselage access doors that are peculiar to this variant as well as details for the engine, struts, control horns and instrument panel. Eagle eyed modelers will also note the parts for the upcoming French version.


The plastic parts are well molded and show good crisp detail. The basics have been provided for the cockpit so the chance for extra detailing is there. The spares box grows thanks to both types of propeller being supplied as well as an abundance of machine guns! These latter items being particularly exquisite.

The inbuilt dihedral on the one-piece wings makes for trouble free alignment, as does the central “W” struts. Careful sanding and dry fitting will be needed for other parts of the assembly, but none of this should be new to modelers of this era of aircraft.

Detail is not lost on the smaller items and all parts were fully formed.





Albatros Productions Datafile No.80 was used to overlay the parts. An initial comparison showed major discrepancies but it was quickly established that Ian Stair’s plans were not printed in true 1/48th scale. The previous review on the two-seater version (using DF no.34) had shown that all was ok and obviously the same applies here due to the commonality of parts.

The rib detail on the wings is wonderfully subtle, as is the effect of the internal structure under the cockpit. Equally well done are the fin, tail plane and top decking.



Marking Options


The large decal sheet comes with options for 4 aircraft. Despite the potential dangers of the roundels being printed as a single unit, my example was in perfect register. The options provided give a nice selection of the type of markings applied to RNAS machines.

A pleasant surprise was seeing that Roden had made an effort to provide different blues for the British and French roundels.




I) Sopwith 1 ˝ Strutter N5134, December 1916.

This Westland built machine was originally delivered to No.3 Wing RNAS. It was transferred to the French where they painted their own colours over the British roundels and rudder. While piloted by Sergent Louis Pivette, it was shot down on 16 March 1917 by Ltn. Kaemmel of Jasta 23.


II) Sopwith 1 ˝ Strutter N5115, November 1916.

Another No.3 Wing RNAS aircraft that was transferred to the French Aviation militaire, white 44 is depicted in the colours it wore before any overprinting had taken place.

III) Sopwith 1 ˝ Strutter N5201

This is the second production 9700 Type to be produced by the firm Mann, Egerton & Co., Ltd. It was destined to be received by “F” squadron of No. 2 Wing RNAS in April 1917.

IV) Sopwith 1 ˝ Strutter N9706

No.3 Wing RNAS received this aircraft on 16 December 1916. It was later transferred to the Aviation militaire on 20 April 1917, where it crashed while in French service.




Roden have chosen wisely with their entry into the 1/48th scale market. Being able to get multiple variants from the one subject is important. The bonus here is that we also have a significant aircraft type.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Robert Baumgartner
Page Created 04 November, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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