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Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 12:00 PM UTC
Revell of Germany are to release two 1/28th fighters from the Great War era.
The SPAD XIII, and the Sopwith Camel are due out in February and March.

Sopwith Camel
The Sopwith Camel was the most successful British fighter and reconnaissance aircraft of the First World War. Many of its pilots achieved the status of "Ace" during aerial combat. The most famous amongst these was the Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown. More than 5,500 "Camels" were delivered and achieved a total of 1,294 kills in aerial combat.

Model details
Item No - 04747
Scale - 1/28
Release date - 03/2014
A large model with detailed engine, cockpit with instrument panel.
2 crew figures.


The SPAD XIII is one of the Allies most successful fighter aircraft of the FirstWorld War. After faults were eliminated in the spring of 1918 this sturdily built aircraft possessed very good dive characteristics and was fast and agile at altitudes above 1000 meters (3000 ft). The SPAD XIII was powered by the new Hispano-Suiza engine, a water-cooled in-line engine developing 220 bhp and was able to reach 2,000 meters (6000 feet) in 5 minutes. Its armament consisted of 2 Vickers MG. Nine French factories produced around 7300 of these aircraft. In total 80 French fighter squadrons and 15 Squadrons of the U.S. Air Force equipped with the SPAD XIII stood opposite the German Air Force at end of the War.

Model details
Item No - 04730
Scale - 1/28
Release date - 02/2014
- Structured surfaces with rib detail
- Detailed V-8 engine
- Moveable wheels and propeller
- Detailed cockpit with pedals, seat and control column
- Exhaust pipe
- Instrument panel
- Two Vickers MG
- Detailed undercarriage
- Yarn for wing bracing
- Pilot figure
- 2 Ground crew figures
- Decal Set for 2 American versions

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Bearing in mind the year and reference material that Revell had at the time they were molded; they still hold up well. The Spad gets a bit dicey with the motor as the covers don't fit with the rocker boxes on the motor; but other than that, they all fit well and have the look. I am looking forward to getting one each. Best Mark
JAN 07, 2014 - 08:16 AM
I built the SPAD, Camel, and the Tripe many long years ago. Lovely Kits for their day and, for Mikael's thoughts on mobiles on another thread here, they hung from the ceiling in my Boy's bedroom for years! Cheers, Lance
JAN 09, 2014 - 06:07 AM
Hi there Despite my incredible age, I have to admit I never saw any of these for real in their original incarnations - they were way beyond my pocket-money range (Two shillings a week - 10p in modern money). All the best Rowan
JAN 09, 2014 - 12:12 PM
While I cut my teeth on these the man that really knows these kits is Aeroscale member "DrIace". Here is his 1:28 Revell Sopwith F.1 Camel.
JAN 09, 2014 - 03:08 PM
That's a real beaut!
JAN 09, 2014 - 04:07 PM
Stephen, Thanks for posting the pics and Jowady, thanks for the comments
FEB 04, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Great Camel! Someone gave me an old bagged 1/28 Revell SPAD and I hope to do it justice on the Great War GB here.
MAY 01, 2014 - 06:33 PM
Speaking of Memory Lane, the Fokker DR-1 was where I discovered Rotory Engines spun. The Auroras motors didn't, after the Revell DR-1 they did. That was the first modifiation I ever did to a model. ( Nieuport 11 ) Captn Tommy
MAY 05, 2014 - 02:12 AM
I have a Dr.1 in my stash along with a generic WW1 German details etched fret, I think by Toms Modelworks. Only set of accessories I've found for this scale. I've been thinking of getting the Camel and building both to try out some of the more advanced building and finishing techniques that I just can't seem to get to work right in 1/72. Namely rigging and ribtape effects. I think they're great value for money given the large scale and pocket money pricing. Just a pity no one seems to make any better machine guns to really make them pop.
SEP 09, 2014 - 05:09 AM

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