Balsa USA Camel F1 Kit Build

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
I started this thread yesterday on Giant Scaler News. Since I have a few friends here and like this site. I'm going to run paralell threads in both places like I did the Fokker.

This is a little Early to start a winter Build Thread. What Can I say. I got the kit in the mail yesterday. I won't have the time to start on it till sometime in October or maybe even November. I figure what the heck why not the kit is Here and I have the engine on the shelf.

The criteria for this build was that I had to find something with a Round Cowl. The reason for this is that the ZP-38 on the shelf has a side carb and rear exhaust. That set up is better suited for an inverted mount. Most of the WWI planes need the engine cylinder standing up because of the crank location of the scale planes. I also wanted an Allied plane. I just couldn't find one that I liked. Then I saw an Add for a Camel F1 from BUSA. I did a search and stumbled upon The Royal Naval Air Service and their planes. I saw a brightly colored plane that I didn't know the Allies had. Had Red and white stripes on the nose. Caught my eye right away. I said if that is a real scheme then that's the plane I want to build.

I'm fortunate when it comes to building WWI planes. I don't know anything about them. To me . Half the fun of building a scale plane is the research that goes along with it. I often find things in history that I didn't know about. This is where the research starts. I'll be ordering a book on the Royal Naval Air Service 10th Squadron and well know more by the time we start building.

This is it. Start putting your two cents in. I'm open to any stories about WWI or the 10th Squadron.

This is the plane I'm intending to model.
 

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Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Some of you may remember the ZP-38 that I didn't put in the Fokker. It is definitely going in this plane.
 

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Super08

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Well you know I have to double subscribe to a double build. I would hate to miss out on any gossip. :willynilly:
 

thepamster

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Well okee dokee. Lets double up this deal. Two wings, two threads, YES.:thumbsup:
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Yerp. I'd tailwheel it myself...
Nop. They were meant to be skidders. Thats just the way it was and will be on mine. lol. I still taxi them back in low wind conditions. I'm starting to learn how to lift the tail and just steer it with the rudder. If I put a tail wheel on it that education would be wasted cause I'm lazy and would just taxi it like a regular taildragger. Got to keep nostalgia alive.:thumbsup:
 

thepamster

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In the olden days didn't they just have two guys pick up the tail and point it in the right direction? Is that how you remember it Tom?:yikes::biggrin:
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
I've seen that in some videos. They still needed the skids to land. The most unique feature of the WWI planes I think is the Ax handle mounted to the lower wing tips to help from ruining the wing tips when the pilots dragged the wing.
 

thepamster

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I could use axe handles on my Phaeton though they might be a little heavy. Lol.
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Hi from Hungary. Starting to figure out how to use my dads computer. You will just have to put up with my bad spelling. Spell checker only works in Hungarian. LOL.

Vacation started great. TSA decided to inspect my luggage and didnt deliver it for 2 days. Had to borrow some clothes from my dad. Cant figure out how to use the punctuation marks on this key board. Starting to feel better. Getting over the jet lag. We are 6 hrs ahed of the East Coast. Midnight on the east coast is 6 am here. Being sleepy all the time is no fun.

One thing for sure. The food here is great. Just what I needed. Gain a few more pounds. LOL.
 

Super08

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Food, which the consumption of seems to have become one of my favorite pastimes. Enjoy :cheers:
 
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