CONSTRUCTION SOPWITH CAMEL
IN THE AIR
;e Zenoah G- 38 powers the Camel nicely.
;e original Xoar 18 x 8 WW I Scimitar
propeller from Falcon Propellers provided
good climb performance, but I switched
to a 20 x 8 prop to better load the engine.
Smooth application of throttle is a must,
but the smallish rudder does a good job of
keeping the Camel tracking straight.
My radio gear is a JR XG14 transmitter,
JR RG731BX 7-channel receiver, and six
JR 821HV servos. ;e four ailerons provide
positive roll rate, and turns are improved
with some rudder input. Pitch control is
not overly sensitive, but proper balance is
important. ;e center of gravity is shown
on the plans.
Landings are fairly easy for a W W I
biplane with a fixed tailskid. Keep the
throttle above 1/4 power, and fly a shallow
approach angle. Line up with the runway,
and when you’re about a wingspan above
the ground, start applying up-elevator
to level o; and begin your flare. Try to
touch down in between a wheel landing
and a full three-pointer. Like most WW I
airplanes, if you land tail-high, the Camel
can nose over. A low, reliable idle is a must.
Once the wheels are on the ground, pull
throttle to idle and use rudder to keep it
straight. A little toe-in on the wheels helps
prevent ground loops.
I’m very pleased how the Sopwith Camel
turned out, and I am sure that you’ll find
it easy to build and fly. To see the entire
building project, check out my Build-Along
series at ModelAirplaneNews.com/camel1.
Remember to keep the tail light. ;
;e aileron servos are installed under flush-fitting hatch covers. I used 4-40
hardware for all linkages. I used Robart control horns throughout.
I used miniature clevis ends for the tail-surface rigging wires.
Hold in some up-elevator
as the Camel likes to land
slightly nose high. If you
wheel-land it with the tail
high, it will want to nose
over. Ground handling is
good considering it is a W W I
biplane with a fixed tailskid.