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Building 10226 Sopwith Camel


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This thread will be like my previous building ones (sets 10179, 10181 & 75059).

Set 10226 first became available in Summer 2012. For more information about this popular plane, visit the Wikipedia page.


We will walk through the building process, take pics and discuss various topics like elements used / how.

Unfortunately, I do not have the original mostly brown colored Sopwith Camel for comparison. Set 3451 from 2001 contained 557 elements while 10226 has 883.

Box pictures below are from a Eurobricks.com review. The box is the exact size as the 10220 VW T1 van.





I started the build and all anyone needs to know is this set's wingspan is nearly 20" !




My previous build threads.

7780: The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc :


7782 The Batwing: The Joker's Aerial Assault :



7786: The Batcopter: The Chase for Scarecrow :




10123: Star Wars Cloud City :




10173: Holiday Train :



10179 UCS Millennium Falcon :




10226 Sopwith Camel :




10181 Eiffel Tower :




10194 Emerald Night train :




10196  Grand Carousel  :



10225 UCS R2D2 :



75059 UCS Sandcrawler :




21021 Architecture Marina Bay Sands



21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 :


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I have this in my personal collection too. I gave my dad one. He built his and loves it. I'm keeping mine mint in the box, I just love to look at it and think of Snoopy!

Ha. I also think of Snoopy with this plane. In fact, i have the perfect shirt to wear when building (pic taken from eBay of the same short I own).


After mine is built, it's going up in my son's room. Will need to securely hang it from the ceiling (upside down to show the detail). It's a big model for only a less than 900 piece set (so many larger elements). The chrome elements are also a nice touch. .

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I also have this one displayed, one tricky part is the one concerning the strings/ropes/what do you call them? I found that moving around the studs where they are fixated makes the movement more sensible to the rudder movement.

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I finished the build today: took many pictures and notes. It was a quick build since many elements are on the medium to larger side.

The picture below is of the seat facing the front of the plane. The block gear stick to control the rudder and flaps can be seen. The pearl gold fence element is the seat bottom.


Here is the engine block. Very early in the process. The front white 1x2 element is backwards and was reversed later.


The side body is installed.


Now the plane is taking shape. 13" long without the rudder.

The gear stick design is cool. It consists of a black light saber that uses a "ball with friction snap" element as the handle. The other end of the saber connects to a black steering gear with another ball snap element. The steering gear connects to a 9m white technic element that meets another black snap element. Finally, a small white rubber band goes around the a window / wall slit element and the ball snap.

The rear flaps are installed. Notice they tilt upward since there isn't any counter pressure yet to pull them bask down to level.




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Then we started the build the top wing section.

When comparing these two pictures, you can see how the initial tan elements have a green layer added for strength. It's needed because at this point, the only elements holding the top wing to the plane are 4 black long suspension elements that connect to 4 technic 2x2 bearing plates. The suspension elements also allow some swaying :)




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Time to turn the plane over and work on the landing wheels and adding rubber bands.

Building the wheels was straight forward. Technic square, pegs, suspension elements, shock absorbers, etc.... The wheels elements are interesting though. The wheels are actually steering wheels with blue rubber bands around them. Then white round plates are added as "hub caps".


The picture below shows the 4 Installed white rubber bands. These are used to level out the flaps by applying counter weight / pressure. 2 rubber bands were also added to the top wing.



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The plane was flipped over to build the rudder, engine, and propeller. Note : you can also see the top body cover which was added after the rear side elements and cockpit detailing with little touched (seat back, curve arch slopes, cheese slopes).



The 8 chrome bows have been used only in this set to date. This is one of many elements used that are kinda scarce.

As with any plane, it's nice to be able to rotate the propeller easily.



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The finished 10226 Sopwith Camel set. This build was just as fun as the 10220 VW van which is my favorite build along with the Sandcrawler sets.

The set deserves more attention. It's totally worth it's retail price.

While taking the outdoor pics, 2 people commented on how nice the model airplane looked and if I would be flying it. They were both surprised to learn it's a Lego set.






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I also have this one displayed, one tricky part is the one concerning the strings/ropes/what do you call them? I found that moving around the studs where they are fixated makes the movement more sensible to the rudder movement.

Sweet set, jaisonline.  Make sure to take good pictures of the rope rigging.  My ailerons work okay, but not great.  I'm curious how much movement you'll get out of yours.

I'll take more pics tomorrow of the string elements. While a noval idea by the designer (Jamie), it functions "so-so" in reality. One side has the wing flaps lego while the other side points up. It isn't close or functioning properly even with playing with tension. However, the rudder works pretty, pretty good.

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Here's how I tweaked the horizontal stabilizer:


And the flaps, this is kinda tricky as all you have to do is turn the small piece with the rope a bit:


That did the trick for me, stick works a wee bit better.

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Very cool, my uncle has one this built in his office, it's a very impressive model.  I have a few stashed as investments, still on the fence as to whether I want to keep one for myself or not.  I'm not that into WWI aircraft, but it does look like a fun build.

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I am not so keen on this set. I bought a second hand one to build quite cheaply. Perhaps that tells a story in itself.


I guess building it soon after VW camper and Tower Bridge was a potential downer anyway


Compare the level of detail with this set to the camper. Not favourable IMHO, and prices are the same.


I am even going to sell my one on again on ebay, which i have never done with a personal build set before


Good to hear others liked it though - each to their own i guess

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