Corgi AA38103 RNAS Sopwith Camel Fighter - Flight Lieutenant Norman Miers MacGregor, No. 10 Naval Squadron, Teteghem, Late 1917 (1:48 Scale)
"When you march into France, let the last man on the right brush the Channel with his sleeve."
General Alfred von Schlieffen, referring to the Schlieffen Plan just prior to his death in 1913
The Sopwith Camel Scout is a British First World War single-seat fighter aircraft that was famous for its maneuverability. Intended as a replacement for the Sopwith Pup, the Camel prototype first flew in December 1916, powered by a 110 hp Clerget 9Z. Known as the "Big Pup" early on in its development, the aircraft was armed with two .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine guns mounted in the cowl, firing forward through the propeller disc. A fairing surrounding the gun installation created a hump that led to the name Camel. The top wing was flat - but the bottom wing had dihedral, so that the gap between the wings was less at the tips than at the roots.
The type entered squadron service in June 1917 with No. 4 Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service, near Dunkirk. The following month, it became operational with No. 70 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. By February 1918, 13 squadrons were fully equipped with the Camel. Approximately 5,500 were ultimately produced.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a Royal Navy Air Squadron Sopwith Camel fighter that was piloted by Flight Lieutenant Norman Miers MacGregor, who was attached to No. 10 Naval Squadron, then deployed to Teteghem during Late 1917. Sold Out!
Length: 5.25 inches
Wingspan: 6.75 inches
Release Date: July 2009
Historical Account: "Downing Aces" - In September 1917, having scored four victories with 6 Naval Squadron, Norman Miers MacGregor was posted to 10 Naval Squadron. Flying the Sopwith Camel, he scored his fifth victory on September 15th, downing the first Fokker DR.1 of the war. The Triplane exploded when it crashed, killing the pilot, Kurt Wolff of Jasta 11. MacGregor later scored two more victories and accrued 325 hours of operational flight time during the war.