Aces high – a duel in the sky

Harking back to an age of more gentlemanly aerial combat, these LEGO versions of a Sopwith Camel and a Fokker Triplane from Vaionaut are beautifully done. The tan and dark brown colour scheme on the Sopwith is perfect, and I particularly like the smart use of clip-and-bar pieces to give the upper wings their signature raked-forward look. Nice use of binoculars and screwdrivers to create the twin machine-guns too. The restrained use of some custom stickers, an appropriate choice of minifigures, and a lovely little workbench all come together to complete the scene.

Sopwith F.1 Camel

However, if you have a Sopwith, you must have an opponent in red. And sure enough, Vaionaut has built a gorgeous Fokker Dr.I to accompany.

The Fokker is a great piece of work too — it’s not easy to capture such iconic lines in a small footprint whilst still allowing room for a minifigure pilot. I’m not as big a fan of the wing supports on this one as on the Sopwith, but it’s still a lovely model. These creations make an excellent pair that would look great displayed together.

Fokker Dr.I

Check out this rear view of the Sopwith to see how the builder has incorporated working ailerons into the trailing edges of the wings. That’s a nice touch.

Sopwith F.1 Camel

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