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||Roden Sopwith 1.B1 French Bomber.
Kit # 411
|Contents and Media:
||77 grey plastic parts; photo-etched
USD$17.97 from Squadron.com
||Nice detail, good use of p-e,
perfectly registered decals.
Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner
scale Sopwith 1.B1 is available online from Squadron.com
Roden’s latest release of the 1 ˝ Strutter sees it in
the guise of the French single seat bomber.
Light grey is used for the 77 plastic parts which is a departure from the
clear plastic seen in previous releases of this subject. A photo-etched
fret compliments the kit and consists of an additional 38 items.
This latter item contains the instrument panel, bomb access doors,
alternate control horns with cable, bomb exit framing, engine “spider” and
cable termination points.
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All parts were found to be well moulded with only an
ejection pin inside the fuselage half that may need filling. The level of
detail on each item was excellent.
The flying surfaces are found on sprues B and C. As expected, the rib
detail is beautifully subtle and the cleaning up of any flash is a minor
inconvenience. The ailerons, elevators and rudder have moulded on control
horns, which will aid assembly for the more inexperienced modeler. The one
piece wings come with the correct dihedral already set and the trailing
edges are acceptably thin.
The fuselage halves contain structural detail on their inner surfaces as
well as a delicate representation of this on the outside. Also seen is the
characteristic Sopwith “duck tail” in front of the tail plane leading
acknowledging Albatros Productions in the instruction sheet, it is
fortunate that Roden have deviated from Ian Stairs plans in the Datafile
with the fuselage.
From available photos, it is clear that the stringer portion of the turtle
deck finishes level with the elevator cable guides on the fuselage. The
kit correctly depicts this.
There is a measurement in the instructions that can be ignored. Step six
shows the photo etched bomb compartment access doors as being 28mm from
the front of the fuselage halves. The measurement is wrong but the
illustration shows the correct placement of the leading edge being on the
fourth vertical impression.
Also notice that the starboard fuselage fabric lacing is correct in the
kit as it finishes next to the aforementioned cable guides. The Datafile
plans would have you believe otherwise.
The usual basic cockpit items are provided but this area won’t look as
bare as it did in the two seat versions. Roden have resisted the
temptation to model the skeletal tailskid position so more advanced
builder’s can have fun here.
Usually the armament contained in Roden kits is first
class and here we are not disappointed. The machine guns display fine
detail and can be used with confidence. With this release, the extras can
be donated to the spares box. The engine similarly is well detailed which
is fortunate considering the large opening in the cowling.
options are provided for on a perfectly printed decal sheet.
This sheet is part of a range from a new supplier so
the quality is a big improvement on past issues.
Make sure there is plenty of liquid on the surface
that the decal is floated onto, otherwise it may tear during positioning.
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Sopwith 1.B.1 from
Latest information reveals that most if not all
French built Strutters were doped in aluminum.
As this information is rather new, Roden can be
forgiven for following the previously published traditional scheme of
clear-doped linen. No doubt this will change in the future when published
data becomes available to the general public.
Arguably the best looking subjects of the Strutter
series are the French versions.
Here we have a kit that provides all the basics for
the modeler to produce an excellent reproduction of this important
This is another welcome release from Roden and one that should prove
popular with WWI modelers.
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