Nieuport 17 - Free flight scale model WWI biplane fighter for .049 power. Scale is 1/12.
Quote: "A two-way plan for the famous French World War I fighter, for free-flight with true scale or simplified fuselage and pendulum control. Designed to be as tough and robust as the usual sports model, DM Collin's Nieuport 17 offers the choice of a simplified 'square' fuselage or the true scale tapered section. (See formers on plan for side A or B'). The original has the vertical fuselage sides, but application of the French insignia conveys a most realistic appearance.
Drawing carries all instruction for assembly. With sheet sides and flat base wings this scale subject is perfect for anyone with a little construction experience.
When first built, the prototype weighed 9 oz - this has crept up to 10-1/2oz after respraying etc. Actual weight is not critical. It is unlikely that the balance point will be far enough forward when first built, the original needed about 2in of 1/8in dia. solder glued into the cowling to bring the centre of gravity position onto the top wing mainspar.
The original used an 8x4 propeller cut down to 7x4 (as the correct 6x4 looked a bit too blanked off by the cowling). The hole in the cowling is used for filling the tank - the compression screw extends backwards through the lower air vent in the cowling and as it is not considered necessary to fiddle with the needle valve between flights it is shortened and does not reach outside the cowling." (Aeromodeller, December 1967)
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