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A Nieuport by any other name... (1/72)

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A build from 6 years ago:

 

Did you notice that after playing a popular character or role, for some actors and actresses it becomes very difficult to be cast in another type of role?

Same for the airplanes. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found a photo of the Nieuport 28 as a post-WW1 sport machine parked (and possibly repaired/reconditioned) by the Rogers Aircraft Inc. aviation company.

This is a very simple, effortless conversion for a fun an quick weekender, without pretensions. The plane had a simple paint scheme which somehow delineates well the design shape.

The Revell kit was used but there are others around. The kit is nice, has certain detail -a bit exaggerated-, but not a good interior, so to the lonely kit’s seat some bits were added. Some rigging –the kit’s instructions in that regard are kind of vague- is required but nothing that can not be endured with the help of a cup or glass of your beverage of choice. I cut out some openings in the front and side of the cowl as per the real machine and modified the mount of the rotary engine to allow for room for the detail inside the cockpit. The windshield was discarded and the stab struts were replaced by suitable brass Strutz. Control horns and cables were added to the rudder, all other control surfaces were torque rod-operated. The canvas-covered kit’s wheels were replaced with photoetched spoke wheels as per the real plane I was modeling, and wire snippets had to be inserted in the trimmed axle to locate them. The kit’s prop (with a sorta chunky hub) was also replaced by an Aeroclub white metal item. Home-made decals were printed.

In my research I also found a number of French machines with civil registrations that looked enticing.

A relatively simple kit that has potential for alternate liveries, so the research is now up to you. Hint: Compagnie Generale Transaerienne.

 

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Attractive little model!

 

The somewhat less than taut fabric covering makes one question the work standard of the Rogers Aircraft Inc., though – doesn't it? 😉

 

The risk of spoiling viewers with the matchless quality of your scratchbuilt masterpieces, Moa!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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1 hour ago, Spitfire31 said:

The somewhat less than taut fabric covering makes one question the work standard of the Rogers Aircraft Inc., though – doesn't it?

Those were lean times....

 

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How to turn a run-of-the-mill kit into a little gem - just ask Moa to demonstrate.

 

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