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Ruston's 1000th Sopwith Camel - Profile

By: Steve Schofield

The Ruston Proctor factory in Lincoln, England celebrated the production of their one thousandth Sopwith Camel by painting it in a special dope scheme.
They also produced a special colour brochure to mark the occasion, enabling us to be a little more sure of the colours than we normally are when dealing with WW1 subjects.
B7380  was delivered to Lincoln AAP on 25 January 1918.  The special dope scheme was inspired by Colonel Ruston's studies of Egyptology and represented the winged god 'Behudet.'
During early February, the aircraft was used to promote war bonds
The aircraft was delivered to France in late February.
Rather than repaint the 'plane in a less conspicuous scheme, B7380 was sent home again, where it probably served in a training unit.

As to its eventual fate - I'd be interested if anyone has any clues...

And now some colour detail for modellers:

Yellow, Pale Green, Pale Blue and Roundel Blue bands on the forward fuselage. These were separated by black - edged white bands.  The rear portion had more free-form bands of Roundel Blue. 'Eyes' painted on the cowling were black, with a white flash and a Green ring towards the outside.  Wheel hubs painted with red, yellow and Roundel blue rings both sides.

The interplane struts carried tiny roundels fore and aft. Between these was the Ruston Logo - The Lincoln imp on a biplane background. Cabane struts carried roundels on their forward surfaces.
The upper fuselage followed the port and starboard side bands, with the tailplane mirroring the designs found on the wing surfaces.
The guns were painted with wavy bands of Roundel Blue (possibly edged in white) over  Yellow
While the Roundel Blue band appears to be missing from the lower fuselage, the concentric Blue/Green/Yellow pattern was repeated on the undersurface of the tail.  The rear fuselage, from the Pale Blue band back, was white. Front legs of undercarriage were Yellow, back legs Roundel Blue and the axle was white.
The top wings (left) were white, with Roundel Blue, Pale Green and Yellow centres.  Straight black lines radiated from the middle, and scallop-edge black lines demarcated the coloured sections.
The centre-section cutout was coloured Pale green to the port and starboard sides, while the front section was probably Roundel Blue.  The rear face of the cutout was Yellow.  

Red, white and blue roundels on the upper surface.


Lower wings (right) were similarly marked - roundels on the lower surface, this time, of course.  The word 'Ruston' appears on the undersurface of the starboard wing.  It may have appeared on the port wing too.

Finally, the propellor was natural wood, with Red-Brown tips and central boss.  There were 'flares' of Red-Brown to either side of the boss - both front and rear - edged in Pale Green, which in turn was outlined in black.
The Ruston Logo appeared on both blades.

The engine cowling was Yellow, with black, white and Pale Green 'eyes' and carried the legend 'Ruston - Lincoln' across the ten to two position.

Suggested Colours - Humbrol Numbers:

Yellow - 154 Insignia Yellow
Pale Blue - 109 matt WW1 blue
Pale Green - 101 Matt Mid Green  - add White to taste.
Roundel Blue - To match your decals.
Red - Ditto.
Wood - Dulux Brushwood ('mahogany' over 'pine' basecoat.)
Red-Brown - 100 Matt Red-Brown.


Artwork by Scho and PSP 5.0. (c) February 2000

This article appears courtesy of Steve Schofield of Scho's WWI Modelling Pages - http://www.ww1.org.uk/.
This article is mirrored from - http://www.ww1.org.uk/profile/ruston1.htm.