Nieuport Scout - Near-scale model French WWI fighter, for .35 - .40 motors and four function radio control. model.
Quote:- "I have always had a great affection for biplanes, especially of the WWI period, the Nieuport Scout in particular. The model I required had to be simple to build, simple to repair (!) and fairly cheap to put together. That's why it's held together with rubber bands, and features all-sheet construction. If you want to bolt it together, of course, that's a mod that is up to you.
A 35in span model was built and flown first. This was retired late in I973, having lasted about a year, during which time it had clocked up quite a number of flying hours. It was really rather underpowered by its Enya .09 however, and I came to the conclusion that a bigger engine in this airframe was just not on; a larger model altogether was called for. So the model featured here was brought into being. It was drawn up originally as a cross between a Nieuport 11 and a Nieuport 17. I called it a Nieuport Scout as the only gen I had on this subject was the Profile No 49.
This is really a finisher's model because the paint-job and the pilot actually make it into a reasonable scale-ish looking model. The prototype slightly modded up, with full radial cowl and pilot's headrest - and with 0840 power - has been entered as a Nieuport 17C1 in a couple of Class-2 comps and achieved about 10th position - not bad for an all-sheet model!
The overall structure is quite simple to build, so a quick run through first, before going on to more specific detail. The two fuselage sides are cut from 3/32in. sheet balsa..."
Nieuport Scout, Radio Modeller, August 1975
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