Hey all, just wondering if anyone has an Electrifly Nieuport 11 yet. Hopefully, I will get mine on Monday!
I am not a huge Nieuport fan...not that I don't like them, but rather I prefer Spads, Albatroses (Alabatri?) and Fokkers. But something about this plane has charmed me somehow. Some bonuses for me: It has the best looking WWI pilot I have seen; A good representation of a Lewis gun; and looks to be an easy and quick build...I also have all the parts needed to finish it on hand!
I know the e-flite is designed to have the motor spin with the prop, I woud like to see someone do this on the Nieuport, Camel, or Dr.I. - Or maybe someone has and I haven't seen it.
I attached the plastic motor to my brushless on my Eflite Nieuport but with the down and side angle of the brushless the motor did not look right and can't be seen while flying so I took it off the brushless and attached it to the cowl. I made a foam motor for my MS-L where the motor can be seen at the open bottom of the cowl while flying.
That looks great. With the open cowl of the N.11, I think that type of set up would really stand out.
Have you ever lost a cylinder while running?
I made this engine by enlarging a printed paper model I found on the net. I did not have to use the printed crankcase but used the bell on the motor. I played with the size of the paper model till the part the cylinders glue on just fit wrapped around the bell of a 2410 motor. First time I just glued one layer of paper around the bell and glued the cylinders on. Over half the paper came loose and ripped off the motor with the cylinders. I was hunting cylinders all over the room. Next I cut the cylinder holder twice as long so it is now wrapped twice around the bell and glued to both the bell and itself. The cylinders are printed paper wrapped around foam. They do no damage if they do come off and if I loose one in the air the first thing I notice is the noise it makes hitting something as it spins with the motor. Once it flys off you can not even tell it is gone till seeing the missing cylinder on landing. I think the only reason I loose one is it got knocked loose on landing the time before. I make a lot of things using the printed paper models, motors, guns, and even planes. You just enlarge the paper model to the size you need and glue on foam. If want to make a plane and don't want the paper glued on the foam, you can use the enlarge model as a cutting guide to cut the foam.
Picked up the Nieuport today! Everything is intact. Aside from a very small bit of ironing out of some small bubbles and a slightly warped Aileron there's nothing wrong with the contents. The Aileron should straighten out with some shrinking of the covering. I pieced some of the major parts together, and everything fits quite nicely.
As I said before, I am very happy that they made a nice replica Lewis gun for this kit. So kudos to you Great Planes for that. It is so much better than those sticks that came with the Fokker D.VII and Dr.I...not to mention that ugly thing which came with the S.E.5 and also the failure to include a Lewis gun with the S.E.5! The pilot is a much better piece to boot...with a little work it could be made to very convincing. So Great Planes, you better be producing a lot of those Lewis guns and pilot busts as they will certainly be hot items!!!
I am still not happy with the choice of silver for the main wings. As far as I know the early Nieuports had a linen clear doped coverings, and the silver dope wasn't introduced until the N.17 was introduced. At any rate, I don't plan to change anything. It's a pretty good looking scheme in my opinion. However, IF catastrophe strikes I will certainly come up with something different!
I was going to post some pics of the contents of my box...but Tower has some very nice pics on their web-site...I may as well repost them here.
If anyone wants a pic of anything in particular I will be happy to post some in that case.
Some of the artist made the wings tan others silver. Some have the Turenne coat of arm with a black horn others with a gold horn. One even says the front of the plane was not blue. If you don't like the silver wings paint them with a light tan or linen. I use acrylic craft paint and put it on with brush, for large surface like the wing I use a wide foam brush. I thin the paint with window cleaner. It is what I painted my GP SE5A with.
It looks to me like it's the same one used by GP for the Fokker DR1 pilot's scarf. It's way too stiff and thick for my taste. I just use a strip of plastic grocery bag. More scale like feel.
Maybe it is the way I am attaching the scarf. I tied a piece of plastic grocery bag around the pilot neck and it was stiff like it was being held out by the wind. I have tried different cloths and they did the same thing. I haven't tried silk yet, hmmmmm wonder what the wife has that is silk I can steal.
I have a very thin Thai silk I use to "glass' Foam arf's with using WBPU. Can't think of the web address right now but it's really thin stuff. My housekeeper is also a seamstress so She folded over a strip of it and sewed the edges so no raggedy edges show. If I can get My camera working I'll try to get a shot of it.