The Sopwith 9901 was the precursor of the widely used Sopwith F.I Camel, The 9901 was first proper British fighting scout, the first "Pups' (as they were nicknamed) assigned to the Royal Naval Air Service arrived on the Western Front in 1916. Although regarded as a ‘nice’ aeroplane to fly, pilots who used it in combat gained impressive successes during the first half of 1917. This single gun platform was serving at the front and knocking down enemy aircraft long after her debut on the Western Front. The Royal Flying Corps also used the Pup from January 1917 onwards, with the final combats with the machine occurring in December of that year.
This book describes the combat careers of the successful Pup aces RNAS & RFC, how they flew and how they fought. Many of the pilots later moved on to increase their scores in the twin gunned Sopwith F.I Camel.
This particular monograph has fewer colour profiles and the description of the general paint useage is not covered as well as one might expect.
Highs: The colour profiles are most impressive with Mr. Franks' usual fact grounded approach to research.Lows: I would like to see these and more profiles and stories in an anthology by unit. The camouflage treatment on the relavent aircraft were not discussed. And the pertinent camouflage paints should be discussed.Verdict: Highly recommended for the new research and information on the individual pilot profiles.
About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...