Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe (Late)


Vital Stats

  • Manufacturer: Wingnut Wings
  • Scale: 1:32
  • Aircraft: Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe
  • Markings: “Nelly” |  Grigoriy Stepanovich Sapozhnikov | 1st Soviet Fighter Aviaotryad | Soviet Union | 1920
  • Aftermarket: Gaspatch Turnbuckles
  • Paints: Principally Tamiya paints, with some Alclad and Vallejo where needed.


Wingnut’s Late Snipe is the second biplane – and second Wingnut kit – that I’ve built, and it certainly went easier than the Pup. Overall, not only have my skills and confidence improved in the last two years – so have Wingnut’s detail and engineering. These latest kits – the Snipe, Fokker D.VII and so on – are brilliant. Buy them and have fun.

Aftermarket Verdicts:

  • Gaspatch: These tiny metal turnbuckles are a WWI modeler’s dream come true, at least yielding turnbuckles that 100% look the part. I will say though, that the toughness of the metal makes the set with the integrated eyebolts very difficult to use, as bending the eyebolts requires a surprising amount of force. In situations where you want the turnbuckle mounted right up against the wing/fuselage like that, I’d highly recommend just using fine, twisted wire as your eyebolt.

Detail – 5

Wingnut’s Pup was impressive, but the Snipe takes things to another level. Even little items like the Vickers machine gun get better this time around. If you have not partaken of a Wingnut Wings kit, seriously do.

Engineering – 5

Is this really a surprise? Wingnut Wings is known for clever engineering that makes their kits go together with minimal fuss. With the Snipe, Wingnut’s reputation shines through. Heck – I was able to paint most of the aircraft before assembling it!

Fit – 4.5

Engineering without fit just doesn’t work. Fortunately, most of the Snipe fits without fuss. The only areas where I wish the fit had been more assured were the upper deck, over the cockpit, and the cowl. The cowl in particular, was a butt-joint all the way around, where I think a lip of some kind would have really helped assure a proper fit.

Instructions – 5

It’s Wingnut. Their instructions are the best in the business.

Markings – 5

Wingnut Wings’ decals are fantastic, and as usual, their selection of schemes proved interesting.

Wingnut Wings continues to dominate WWI aviation…







8 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Satin says:


    Looks great, I’m looking forward to building mine! I only see links to parts one, two and the “mini review”. Am I missing something?

    1. Doogs says:

      You are not. Just haven’t had the time/wherewithal to put the other parts together.

  2. John says:

    Doogs, that is a masterful and inspirational build. It’s been a long time waiting for the final result but WELL worth waiting for (and no complaints about the wait I might add – it’s been like an extended Christmas Eve). Many thanks from down under.

  3. EdAlves says:

    Fantastic as always. The metallic engine cover is outstanding.

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