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 Keil Kraft 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.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
One low friction plastic nose bushing for the propeller
Pair of 32mm plastic wheels.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel.
One motor peg.
F.A.I. 3/16" rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan with instructions.
Please Note: The model pictured above is a KK Nieuport 17 converted to electric-powered, radio-control and covered with tissue/ markings by John Watters. The pictured model also sports WWI style wheels. These are not included in the kit!