Peppe La Peuw (Nieuport) (oz6488)


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Nieuport Peppe La Peuw. All sheet radio control stand-way-off scale model biplane. 23in span, for .020 power.

Quote: "Peppe La Peuw. Dick Erickson's sort-of-scale Nieuport for rudder-only pulse proportional. Photos by Dick Fish.

From out of the past comes a roaring throb of a World War I aeroplane, an .020 powered rudder-only bi-plane known as the Nieuport, in this case, Peppe La Peuw, so named for its lively performance and acrobatic ability. A stand-way-off-scale all sheet balsa replica of a famous aeroplane that will have you smiling before, during and after every flight into the blue yonder.

In this day of everything inflationary, the current trend towards lower building and operating costs of smaller R/C aeroplanes is something to think about. Every modeler has a choice of countless designs to build and fly and, overall, this great hobby has much to offer. My own thinking and choice has always been with small models, from my Goldberg 1/2A Skylane (oz868) with a Rand Galloping Ghost (still flyable), to the present series of rudder-only .020 and .049 powered bunch of fun. Rudder-only flying offers maximum building and flying pleasure, while the dependable Ace Pulse System maintains complete control with its low cost and super dependability. With only a flapping rudder to control our enjoyment, rudder-only flying is an art of fascination - it's all done with any good design and a little practice.

This Nieuport was designed to fly with a minimum of effort, the sight of it cruising around is enough to satisfy anyones interest. While some .020 powered models tend to be a handful because of their size and 'scale effect', this design was thought out thoroughly with flying ability first. With all the down and side thrust in the engine, it looks like it's ready to fall out of the cowl, but then with all the power in a TD .020, it is very necessary. A Pee Wee .020 would have been plenty of power for sport flying, but I was after more than that - I wanted performance for whatever my thumb could come up with. I have always used a Vogt throttle on my TD's, since this enables you to select any amount of power from the engine. The throttle is a two piece aluminum sleeve which can be pre-set before launch.

So, if you like peppy rudder-only aeroplanes and have some stick time with only a rudder, Peppe La' Peuw will make you happy, for nothing beats low cost fun R/C.

Construction. Check the Bill of Materials for the necessary wood and miscellaneous materials used. Cut out the fuselage sides from 1/16 medium balsa following the arrows for the exact outline. Pin the sides down to construct a right and left side, then outline each side as shown with 1/8 square balsa and the 1/16 balsa lower wing doubler and dowel gussets.

While they are drying, cut out the firewall from 1/8 in ply and drill the engine mounting holes for the 2-56 blind nuts. Two sets of holes are shown, depending on whether you use either a Per Wee or TD. The TD is mounted with the regular back plate as a separate fuel tank is used. Push the blind nuts into the firewall and screw the engine in place until the blind nuts just start to bite. Push some epoxy under, and around, the blind nuts then tighten the screws all the way. This procedure holds everything in alignment, making it much easier to remove and re-install the engine for cleaning or switching from one plane to another..."

Direct submission to Outerzone. Scanning by Don at EAC, cleanup by theshadow.

Update 01/03/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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