The Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin was a 4-gun high altitude fighter introduced in late 1917 and was powered by the 200hp Hispano-Suiza V8 geared “Hisso” engine. The Sopwith Dolphin was faster and performed much better at high altitudes compared to its more famous counterpart the Sopwith Camel. The Sopwith Dolphin featured two bay wings with negative stagger, a completely open top wing center section, deep fuselage and was armed with up to 4 guns. Nearly 1800 Dolphins were built by The Sopwith Aviation Company LTD, Hooper & Company LTD and The Darracq Motor Engineering Company LTD. It wasn't officially declared obsolete by the RAF until September 1921 and a small number continued to see service with Poland in the early 1920s.
-144 high quality injection moulded plastic parts.
-18 part highly detailed 200hp Hispano-Suiza engine.
-Optional propellers, 20lb Cooper bombs & carrier and Lewis gun armament.
-Optional radiators, center sections, tail skids and front cowls allow both early and late production aircraft to be built.
-12 photo-etched metal detail parts.
-24 page fully illustrated instruction manual.
-High quality Cartograf decals for 5 aircraft including markings for American, Australian, British and New Zealand pilots and/or squadrons;
A - Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C3785, RNAS Dover, early 1918.
B - Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C3803 “Red Star”, SARD, RFC, March 1918.
C - Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C3824 “U”, JW Pearson (USA - 12 victories) & CE Walton (USA), C Flight 23 Sqn RAF, May to July 1918.
D - Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C3879 “Q”, RB Bannermann, C Flight 79 Sqn RAF, August to November 1918 (NZ - 17 victories).
E - Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C8163 “A”, HJ Larkin, A Flight 87 Sqn RAF, August to November 1918 (Oz - 11 victories).