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CaptnBirdseye
#1 Posted : 20 August 2020 13:41:15

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Hi guys and gals,
I have a bit a quandry that i'm hoping someone can shed some light on.

I fancy building one of the wooden 1/16 Sopwith Camel kits, and as far as i can see there are two major players to choose from:
The first is the kit from Artesania Latina/Modelspace
https://www.model-space....ith-camel-full-kit.html

This kit has already been featured on this forum, a documented build by arpurchase, so for me that's a known entity.
https://forum.model-spac...spx?g=posts&t=29876

The alternative is the kit from Model Airways
https://www.cornwallmode...pwith-camel-MA1030.html

This one is unknown to me, or at least in relation to the AL version. The company seem to get a good review, but there's not many build videos to view the quality or content.

So my question is this: Has anyone on the forum built either one of these kits and what were their thoughts? I can get a MA kit quite a bit cheaper than the AL version, but if the build quality isn't there i would rather spend the extra BigGrin

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Gray
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#2 Posted : 20 August 2020 15:06:12

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Hi Gray,
I built the model airways DR1 a few years ago. Model airways kits are pretty good.I did have the sopwith camel kit but I sold it. I did look at Andy Purchases build of the Al Sopwith Camel and I would say based on that the AL version is a nicer kit. The model Airways kits metal parts are a bit rough and I remember aligning the fuselage for the Dr1 was a pain even using the supplied jig.
the DR1 built into a nice model, but it was a bit of a fight at times. the AL kit looked like an easier build, but then part of that maybe due to Andy skills as a builder.

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#3 Posted : 20 August 2020 15:40:44

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BigGrin Hi Carl
Thank you, that's just the kind of info i was needing, as i couldn't find any build diaries for the MA kit, so appreciate the response ThumpUp
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#4 Posted : 20 August 2020 16:52:07
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I have both in the stash, and I’d take the AL kit any day of the week, over the MS kit. The white Metal is ghastly on the MS kit.
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#5 Posted : 20 August 2020 19:41:37

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I have both in the stash, and I’d take the AL kit any day of the week, over the MS kit. The white Metal is ghastly on the MS kit.


See this is what makes this forum great ThumpUp
Thanks Mark. Seems I’m being swayed to the AL/MS version.
I also like the many builds of this one on the net. Easier to understand how it all comes together!
Regards Gray
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#6 Posted : 25 August 2020 11:16:53

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BigGrin Kit ordered. Best price without importing from US (could be problems with Customs here) was actually from Modelspace! So well done you guys ThumpUp

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Hi I have the al kit and the parts look top quality to me .might even get round to building it one day.cheers mick.BigGrin
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CaptnBirdseye wrote:
BigGrin Kit ordered. Best price without importing from US (could be problems with Customs here) was actually from Modelspace! So well done you guys ThumpUp




I would caution anyone ordering from US at the moment that there are likely going to be delays. I sent a package to UK and it spent 2 weeks in Chicago before it left for UK and it is almost 1 month and it still hasnt arrived.


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#9 Posted : 25 August 2020 19:45:25

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Just been looking at the downloadable parts list and build instructions.

Looks like a very nice model i must say.

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#10 Posted : 27 August 2020 15:02:03

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Love KIT ARRIVED TODAY Drool

Guess who's one happy bunny BigGrin

Well done MS. They do get a lot of stick when things go awry, so it's nice to give a compliment where it's due ThumpUp
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#11 Posted : 01 September 2020 21:23:43

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Looks a nice kit Gray which should develop into a nice model when finished, good luck with the build. Cool ThumpUp

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