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Sopwith Camel – 46 Sqn, Donald MacLaren, Royal Flying Corps, Athies, France, 1918 1/48

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Corgi Aviation 1/48 scale AA38105; Sopwith Camel of 46 Sqn, Donald MacLaren, Royal Flying Corps, Athies, France, 1918. Limited Edition of only 1050 Pieces.

Length 4.75 inches Wingspan 7 inches

Donald Roderick MacLaren joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and received his pilot’s wings following initial training in his native Canada. He then travelled to England to enhance his flying techniques before crossing to France where he joined 46 squadron to fly Sopwith Camel fighters. MacLaren claimed his first victory on March 6th 1918 and on March 21st he carried out a successful bombing raid on a large German railway gun. While flying back to friendly lines he downed two enemy aircraft and an observation balloon and for this action he was awarded the Military Cross. Further displays of skill and bravery over the following months saw MacLaren receive a Bar to the Military Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Order. During this period he had also taken command of 46 squadron and been promoted to the rank of Major. Donald MacLaren was the highest scoring Camel Ace of the First World War achieving 54 victories and recording 18 of these while flying Sopwith Camel D6418, the subject of this model.

Designed as a heavier, more powerful refinement of the Sopwith Pup, the Camel was first flown in 1917. Earning its name from the distinctive humped fairing surrounding its twin .303 Vickers machine guns, the Camel’s unforgiving flight characteristics claimed the lives of many students in flight training. In the hands of a skilled pilot though, it was an extreme dogfighter that could out-maneuver any contemporary with the possible exception of the Fokker Dr.I. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane’s handling under power. Together with the S.E.5a, the Camel helped gain superiority over the German Albatros and is credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter.

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