The Sopwith F1 Camel 1917 WWI by Dennis Melling

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A digital painting, using Bierstadt in DAP, of The Sopwith Camel which was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917. The original black and white image used is in the public domain.
Manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company, it had a short-coupled fuselage, heavy, powerful rotary engine, and concentrated fire from twin synchronized machine guns. Though difficult to handle, to an experienced pilot it provided unmatched manoeuvrability. A superlative fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the war.


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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture well done.

  • Thank you very much Julie :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    Nicely done Dennis and I enjoyed reading about the Sopwith. ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam :)
    Looks a bit fragile for a fighter plane :(

    – Dennis Melling

  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsover 2 years ago

    I absolutely love your digital painting.Dennis. They are awe inspiriing.

  • Many thanks Sandra – I very much appreciate your comments :)
    Best wishes

    – Dennis Melling

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Good one Dennis. As you say, difficult to fly, but a worthwhile opponent. – Ted

  • I was aircrew on Shackletons (came out a little later than the camel :)

    – Dennis Melling

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