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What biplane is this model modelled after?

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for sticking to one per post. I have made the title as specific as possible. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Feb 24 '18 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ As noted in @MichaelTracy's post below, this is the night-fighter or "Comic" variant of the Camel. In the picture in Michael's post you can see the two Lewis guns attached to the upper wing spars and the rectangular cut-out ala the Snipe - but both the model picture and the picture in Tracy's post show a straight upper wing and 5 degrees dihedral in the lower wing. So the model is a night-fighter-variant Camel which has had its upper-wing Lewis guns removed. $\endgroup$ – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica Feb 25 '18 at 14:26
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The plane is probably modelled after both a Sopwith Snipe and a Sopwith Camel. Look at the cutout of the wing above the pilot's seat. It's rectangular as on the Snipe, not a semicircle as on the Camel. The engine looks like a Camel's however.

So, this model is possibly a hybrid of two famous World War I British fighter planes.

It could also be a specially modified Camel according to @Michael Tracy (except the painting scheme does not match the one on the picture he provides).

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The plane is a Sopwith Camel. It was a British fighter in service from 1917 to 1920. There were 5490 built, of which only 8 survive, but many replicas are on static display and a few are even airworthy.

Sopwith Camel Source

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  • $\begingroup$ Build an Airfix model of one many decades ago :-). $\endgroup$ – copper.hat Feb 25 '18 at 3:41
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Have a look at the 6th picture in this Camel link, you’ll see the exact same rectangular cut-out.

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As for the specific plane it appears to be a rough approximation of a Sopwith Camel from No. 209 Squadron RAF–most likely Roy Brown's B7270.

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Source: Valder137 CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Capt. Brown was officially credited by the RAF for shooting down Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron", but modern historians suggest it was likely Australian anti-aircraft fire from the ground.

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