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Old 05-12-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default E flite Nieuport 17 modified build...

I recently finished up my eflite nieuport 17 build and thought I would share. I've been building quite a few things this year and though I should start sharing . it's been hectic with two kids in two different sports this spring.

I modified the plane mainly by adding some somewhat semi scale ailerons so a scale dihedral could be used giving the plane a more "realistic" nieuport 17 feel when flying. I again used .039" rods in the .032" sleeves with good success, just like the eflite SE5a I did last year. Only this time I just used one aileron servo. I made wire heart shaped ends to the torque rods and slotted and cut servo arm pieces to glue in the front of them. then covered them with black heat shrink and brushed with graphite powder to make them look more like metal.

I sprayed the bottom of the wings with krylon shortcuts silver and liked the match. it was recommended by someone in another thread.
most all of the plane is modified for looks and/or functionality

the vickers is made from scratch out of foil, foam and card stock paper painted flat black and rubbed with graphite. I used information from arizona models pdf files to try to keep it scale.

the lewis gun is a modified stock part with a drum made out of foam and card stock paper, a set of grips and rear handle made out of aluminum and balsa.

the pilot is a 1/12 scale "fighter pilot" with xps foam used to extend his torso and arms for the proper hieght in the cockpit. then he was repainted.

the whole fuselage, including the cowl, was shot with a semi gloss coat of clear lacquer to even out the appearance and protect it a bit from scuffs.

the wheels are lightened mpi 2.5" sport wheels with the stock N17 wheel "spoke covers" glued on. the landing gear is covered in flatened, glued filled, silver lacqer painted, plastic coffe stir sticks.

the tailskid it just the stock one covered with paper and tape, wood grained with markers, and card stock for the silver metal parts.

there are other mods that i'm sure I'm forgetting.

~don


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Beautiful plane!

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DC...very very nice!!!!!!!!!!!
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very nice airplane and detailing
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:56 PM   #5
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Looks sweet!

How does it fly with your mods?

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:22 AM   #6
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Very nice job on the plane,i have one waiting for me to get done building other planes. I will mark this thread and keep it for the build .Thanks for sharing your talent. joe
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thank you for the nice comments guys.

yeah it flies real nice and easy. the slow flying traits have not been lost at all. it wieghs 11 ounces, but still flies really slow. slower than the eflite SE5a I made last year with the aileron mod.

that being said, the roll rate on the Nieuport definitely won't win any awards. it rolls slowly and loses alot of altitude. I've only had it out twice though. I'll figure out how to get a better roll eventually.

I feel that the more scale set-up gives more of a feel of how the nieuport probably handled. a little unstable at times with the miimal dihedral, a slow roll rate, and a little shaky in a dive. it keeps the 250 slow flyers from all feeling the same in flight.
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I read the instructions and the part about pulling the strings and keeping every thing lighned up scared me.lol How was that part of the build DC, joe
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Very nice. What brand of pilot of is that please?

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I got it at the local hobby store. they are great about ordering things for me.

hobby lobby sells it too: http://www.hobby-lobby.com/fighter_1..._1432_prd1.htm
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Thanks.

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I got it at the local hobby store. they are great about ordering things for me.

hobby lobby sells it too: http://www.hobby-lobby.com/fighter_1..._1432_prd1.htm

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Old 05-17-2011, 01:33 AM   #12
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Very nice mods! Mine flew like doo, so I hung it on the wall for now. My Eflite DVII flies so much better.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:03 PM   #13
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Some nieuports in different colors for ya. http://mars.ark.com/~mdf/N_11.html joe
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ok here's a video I did a week or so ago D
http://www.youtube.com/user/enemyace...13/zNKS9C5dIuM
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Nice and slow flying , thanks for showing that it can fly slowly .
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Nice and slow flying , thanks for showing that it can fly slowly .

Slow is the way to go! It is very calming and I enjoy seeing it almost float when a slight breeze comes along. Ty Doug
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I have just started on a Nieuport17 Eflite I got at a hobby shop close out sale this winter. For those following this thread I was thinking of a 2712-12 combo from headsuprc..has a 10amp esc and some 5 gram TP servos and a GWS 7x3.5 prop.
May take a while as we have a postal strike going on up here. I like the Italian coloring so I have painted it a light tan and changed the blue to green on the tail/rudder. I painted the fuse a light tan as I had scads of acrylic paint. Perhaps more along the lines of an Ethiopian campaigner back in the day.
I really liked the fish scheme DG60 did but that's beyond my poor talents..
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Simply outstanding!
At the risk of sounding British, top notch!

Only thing left to do is pull-pull. something I never got to on my Jenny.

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I really liked the fish scheme DG60 did but that's beyond my poor talents..
The fuselage is printed paper glued on. If you would like to try it I can email you the files to print the paper. I recomend useing a laser printer to print the files, makes them water proof. The wings and tail are just painted silver then stripped black using a marking pen.

Now for my last stunt, a forward flip on landing.
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The prop looks great. What did you do to get the wooden look or is the propwood?
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thanks, assuming you meant my plane.
it is a gws 0843 orange prop.
I use sharpies to color it. I first give it some wood grain by wiping the blades with contact cleaner or acetone. you have to make long passes with the rag from the base of the blade to the tip. do it quickly just a few times. this will give it some depth. you can skip that step if you won't be looking too closely at the prop. then make long lines with the sharpie coconut color(light brown) also from the base of the blade to the tip the slow steady lines will overlap here and there and make a wood grain effect. then I do a few lines with sharpie brown. then i blend it in a bit with the coconut. the more brown you use the darker the woodgrain. you can get any shade you want with practice.

I need to get some video of this plane before I crash it
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Thanks for the detailed instructions for coloring the prop. I'm about to put together a Great Planes Electrifly Fokker DVII and will follow your instructions for my prop.
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Nice video. Actually looks like a plane flying and not a plane trying to be a toy helicopter (with heavy metal soundtrack).

Slightly off topic but I was honestly ready to push the button and order the se5a version when HH announced the new se5a (larger, more powerful, 4-channel, already assembled, and cheaper when you add it all up!). I don't know who does the math there, but they lost a sale.

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eagle33-your welcome!

hobbyjumper - it's a different animal than the e-flite SE5a 250 slow flyer. the 250 will fly incredibly slow, wieghs about 9 ounces, with a 30 inch wingspan.

the new one does not come assembled as far as I can tell, and it wieghs almost 41 ounces with a 37 inch wingspan, so it has a much higher wing loading.
I modified my eflite to be 4 channel, 250 SE5a and I love it. it will barrel roll, hammer head, fly inverted, do an inverted loop! and plenty of fun stuff.

I do really like the new one by parkzone too.
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Yes. You're right, of course, about the two planes being apples and oranges -- it's just the penny pincher in me can't reconcile paying more for something smaller with fewer features. (I can't believe the pz se weighs 50% more than the mustang)

Regardless, I will get one of these slow flyers sooner than later -- I'm leaning toward the Jenny. I know it's the first of the lot, and has some design bugs, but I like the look.

By the way, I saw your other videos featuring the hz champ. I have flown the wings off mine (literally) -- what an awesome little plane that is.




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eagle33-your welcome!

hobbyjumper - it's a different animal than the e-flite SE5a 250 slow flyer. the 250 will fly incredibly slow, wieghs about 9 ounces, with a 30 inch wingspan.

the new one does not come assembled as far as I can tell, and it wieghs almost 41 ounces with a 37 inch wingspan, so it has a much higher wing loading.
I modified my eflite to be 4 channel, 250 SE5a and I love it. it will barrel roll, hammer head, fly inverted, do an inverted loop! and plenty of fun stuff.

I do really like the new one by parkzone too.

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