In-Box Review
Sopwith Baby
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by: Luciano Satornetti [ LITTORIO ]

The Sopwith Baby was a development of the Schneider from which it differed in having the more powerful 110hp Clerget engine and a more orthodox open fronted cowling. Another improvement was the installation of a synchronised Lewis gun above the fuselage, although some Babies still retained the Lewis inclined upwards through the top wing. Later aircraft when built by Blackburn were equipped with a more powerful 130hp Clerget, the first of these were armed with Ranken anti-Zeppelin rockets instead of machine guns.

The Kit
This kit comes in a small top opening box with a colour profile on the lid. Inside the box we find two zip lock bags one containing the decals while the other contains 14 cream coloured resin parts. The parts consist of fuselage, upper and lower wings, floats, vertical and horizontal tail while the engine, seat, propeller, propeller boss, cowling and Lewis gun are attached to a thin piece of resin film. A couple of air bubbles are present on my example the worst being on the propeller blade while the rest should not prove a problem.

One item that may be an issue is a complete lack of struts for both the wings and the mounting of the floats.

The Instructions
Well what can one say about these, they consist of a single sided sheet of approx 5 x 8cm with a three view drawing of a Baby. The plan and front drawings are not to scale while the side profile does appear to be in scale. That is it for the instructions, not even a chart to measure the struts that will need to be made against.

There are no colour call outs, in fact no writing at all.

The Markings
Markings are supplied for one unknown aircraft of an unknown unit. The issue here is that the box top art work profile and the decals do not match.

Now Im not sure of the method used to produce the decals but when viewing them it is noticeable that I can see the lines that make up the blue parts of the roundels and rudder flash.

In Conclusion
A useful addition for the small scale modeller, but not for the beginner as some scratch building will be required in this very small aircraft. The addition of a template to help with the struts would have been help full.

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Highs: Useful addition for the small scale modeller
Lows: Complete lack of strut template or guide, decals that dont match the profile and the issue of the blue portion of the decals.
Verdict: A useful addition for the small scale modeller, but not for the beginner as some scratch building will be required in this very small aircraft.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:144
  Mfg. ID: 144/049
  PUBLISHED: Mar 01, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Luciano Satornetti (Littorio)

Ok, firstly I build what ever takes my fancy however I mainly build 1/350 WWII era ships mainly cruisers and any aircraft. However my favourite aircraft being the mighty Beaufighter, Sepecat Jaguar, Hawker Hunter, Fw-190 and the Su-27 family. I also like wheeled armour like the Stryker and Centauro ...

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And I thought their Sop. F.1 was a beauty.
MAR 01, 2011 - 12:37 PM
Now that is small !
MAR 01, 2011 - 01:11 PM
Wow!!!!! nice kit, I do not build yet an resin kit, will be interest to see the review. Cheers Al
MAR 01, 2011 - 01:18 PM
There is built Baby on this link: here.
OCT 02, 2011 - 10:17 AM
Michal, nice Baby, even the rigging!!!! wow!!! thanks for share. Al
OCT 14, 2011 - 01:59 PM
Thanks, but only resin kit is my work. Builded by Jaroslav Sheya Sebek, my friend.
OCT 17, 2011 - 07:27 AM

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