Perhaps one of the most highly sought after titles for serious RC Scale modelers is the “Best in Show” award from the annual WRAM Show. And this year’s winner of the title from the 2012 WRAM show was the talented Mike Gross Sr., with his amazing 1/3-scale Sopwith Camel. Held this year at the Meadowlands Expo Center in NJ , this year’s static scale competition was very well attended and there were many amazing enterants. Mike as we’ve mentioned before, is one of the nicest Warbird guys you’ll ever meet and is long time member of the Long Island Warbird gang. His beautiful Sopwith Camel which he built from Mick Reeves plans will also serve Mike as his competition plane for the upcoming Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. This impressive WW1 fighter was test flown exactly one year after Mike started the project.
Mike says: “He enjoyed all 1,500 hours he put into the build! The Camel weighs 42lbs. ready to fly and is powered by a DLE 111cc twin-cylinder gas engine turning a Xoar 29×8 propeller. It is controlled by a JR 12X radio with JR 8611 and 8711 servos. The radio operates the scale control yoke (stick) and rudder bar which move the flight surfaces. The Camel is covered with Solartex and all color and markings are painted with KlassKote epoxy paint.Mike used “MinWax” stain and rub on polyurethane as well as many acrylic paint colors for the impressive finishing, weathering and aging.
As well as the Best in Show award, Mike also won the Best Paint Finish award, this year sponsored by Model Airplane News and presented at the show to Mike, by Sr. Tech. Editor Gerry Yarrish. He really nailed that weathered and aged look that’s so important for serious scale competition.
From tail skid, to engine cowl, this amazing piece of WW1 machinery captures the flavor and history of vintage aviation! We wish Mike all the best as he starts his flying campaign with his giant scale Sopwith Camel.