Nieuport Delage 580 (oz13979)


Nieuport Delage 580 (oz13979) by Nick Limber 1935 - plan thumbnail

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Nieuport Delage 580. Rubber scale model of the French two-seat reconnaissance prototype.

Quote: "One of the crack fighting planes of France, the Nieuport Delage 580 has won wide popularity among the French pilots - and justly so! Train your eyes on the top-flight model pictured at the bottom of this page, and you'll agree with the French! This is a model you builders will want to turn out with true craftsmanship. The Nieuport Delage 580, by Nick Limber

Among the models that made their debut at the Thirteenth Annual Paris Air Show, the Nieuport Delage 580 is the particular model that has become dear to the French pilot's heart. The flying characteristics of the ship are a closely guarded secret of the French Air Ministry, therefore it is impossible for us to give you performance data On this remarkable craft - but we can show you how to build an excellent flying model of it, such as the one pictured on this page.

Fuselage: After you have carefully studied the plans and are sure you understand them, you are ready to start construction of the model. Since all-balsa fuselages are in style and are very easy to build, we will construct our fuselage of balsa blocks. A 14 inch by 3/4 x 2-3/8 block will be needed for the side of the body. Two of these blocks glued together will give you the right size for the fuselage.

First, trace the side view of the body from the drawings to the balsa block. This done, cut around the outline just made and sandpaper the newly cut surface. When this operation has been completed with both blocks, glue the two blocks together. Care must be taken that the glue is just on the edges of the blocks or else you will have a hard time splitting the blocks when the time comes to hollow out the body.

Plate C shows templates AA, BE, and CC from which you make other cardboard templates. Each one is used to set up flush against the side of the fuselage at the positions marked on the drawings. A sharp knife is used to shape the sides of the fuselage, and sandpaper is employed to finish the surfaces. By holding the template flush against the side of the body, you are able to tell if you are shaping the sides correctly or not. If you hold the body up to the light and no light passes through between the template and the outside wall of the fuselage, you have shaped the body correctly. This method helps you get both sides of the fuselage correctly shaped.

When the sides of the body have been finished you may split the blocks along the glued line and proceed to hollow the inside of the fuselage. Hollow until the walls of the body are about 1/16 thick. When the inner walls of the body have been sandpapered, reglue the two blocks together again. Notice that the diagram calls for a small groove in the front end of the body for scale purposes. Three 1/4 in holes are also drilled on both sides of the body. The next step is to dope the fuselage and put away to dry before sanding surfaces again with the fine sandpaper.

While the dope is drying, make the motor hoods as shown in Plate A. A soft grade of balsa is used for the hoods and they are hollowed out after the desired shape has been obtained. A piece of 1/16 dowl is used for exhaust stacks. When the exhausts have been glued into place, cement the hoods to the body at a 45° angle, as shown on Plate D..."

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