George B. Tenediotis
Kit: Eduard (1:48)
SOPWITH CAMEL F1, Royal Hellenic Naval Air Service Kazamir Airfield, Smyrni,
Asia Minor August 1919
The model depicts Sopwith Camel 1967, one of the machines that initially
belonged to the “Z” Squadron operating under British command over the Aegean
Sea and then handed over to the –then embryo- Royal Hellenic Naval Air
Service. These planes played a very important part on the first half of the
ill fated Asia Minor Campaign by granting the Hellenic Air Force supremacy.
The Eduard model (“Profipack” version) was used in PC 12 finish with various
modifications and amendments in the cockpit and wing area while all roundels
and fin markings were modified to represent the Greek period markings. The
model was extensively weathered (for a biplane!) according to existing photos
of the actual machines.
The model depicts Sopwith Camel D 3332, a machine piloted by Maj A W “Nick”
Carter, a 17 victory ace and CO of No 210 Sqn RAF in the final days of the
Great War. The plane which had been the mount of many pilots and formerly
belonged to 9 Naval Sqn and then to 204 Sqn, was handed to Maj Carter by Capt
E. Swale, a 17 victory ace himself.