Re: Camel metal panels

Mark K. Nelson (
Mon, 31 Jul 1995 22:00:20 -0700

>Hmmm! Good point! The other point that occurred to me later after
>my posting (why do these thoughts always come *after* I post?) is
>that with all that oil being spewed out by those Clerget
>and LeRhone rotaries, maybe it wouldn't it wouldn't even be
>necessary for an erk to wipe down the cowls to prevent rust.
>Everytime the engine was cranked up, it'd be like spraying the
>whole thing with WD-40. So, maybe my rust theory is less than
>conclusive :-(
>I can't find a darn thing in my books on this. My bet's still
>on aluminum but I'm just guessing. Anybody got access to the
>'Planes of Fame' or Canadian Camels for a definitive resolution
>of this?

I decided to do a quick flip through a variety of books on sopwith types.
Most of them only mention paint or "natural metal" finish, but the 1 1/2
strutter datafile explicitly states Aluminum.

It would probably be fatal (amongst this crowd) to assume that all sopwiths
had Aluminum cowlings, but, what the heck, go for it!


Mark (From Kites & Other Delights in West Edmonton Mall)