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NIEUPORT 17 C.1
The Nieuport 17 C.1 was a French sesquiplane (a bi-plane where one wing set has a smaller surface area than the other) used extensively in the First World War. It was an exceptionally maneuverable aircraft for the time and out-performed most of its opponents. Every Allied air force eventually deployed the Nieport 17 and it was even copied by the Germans - this allows for a myriad of paint schemes for the modeller!
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Small Flying Scale Series model of a Nieuport 17. Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed". This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood
150mm diameter plastic propeller
Pre-bent motor hook and shaft
Low friction plastic nose bushing for the propeller
2x 32mm plastic wheels
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel
F.A.I. 3/16" rubber motor strip
Tissue to cover the model
Full size printed plan with instructions
The model pictured above is a KK Nieuport 17 converted to electric-powered, radio-control and covered with tissue/ markings by John Watters.
Electronics not included in this kit.
INCLUDED IN YOUR KIT
This is a basic list of kit contents that will be updated with a more detailed list soon.
- Plotted plan
- Laser cut parts
- Tissue covering
- PVA Glue
Only Suitable For Ages 14+
Choking Hazard - Contains small parts, keep out of reach of children.
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Items that fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters (59cm x 17cm x 15cm weighing less than 2kg) can be sent to most countries outside the UK.
For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.
A parcel like this currently costs around £14 to Europe and around £18 to send to the USA and will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. This is because Royal Mail hands over the parcel to the local Post Office service for your country who have to clear it through customs and then deliver it to you.
The Royal Mail tracking code also transfers over to the tracking for your country’s postal service.
For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.
These companies use something called volumetric weights to calculate the cost of shipping.
For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!
This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.
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