Eduard 1/72 Nieuport 17
Four from film ‘Flyboys’
Nieuport 17 was the most famous of Nieuport designs. It was truly one of the
outstanding aeroplanes of its time. The Nieuport 17 was larger and more powerful
development of the successful ‘Bebe’ and was powered by a 110hp Le
rotary engine. Alternatively the type designated 17 bis was fitted with the130hp
Clarget. Many famous French pilots like Charles Nungesser and George Guynemer
flew the type and the agile little machine with a fast rate of climb was envy to
the desperation on the part of the Germans, who ordered the Nieuport to be
copied. The Nieuport was also in service with the RFC and by early summer of
1917 no less than five squadrons were entirely equipped with the type. The
Nieuport 17 remained
front line fighter until the Spad series of aircraft began to replace it.
Russian, Dutch, Fins, and Belgian pilots also flew the type during the war and
it also served as an advanced fighter trainer with the
1/72 scale model was released by Eduard as one of a series of Limited run
edition scale models. The kit comes with X colorful A5 size pages depicting four
Nieuport marking options and decals for aircraft from the movie ‘Flyboys’.
There are also 6 more pages of instructions. It is interesting to note
that among components there are seven items, mainly cowlings and engine parts
that are not for use. This could mean that these cater for subsequent Nieuport
17 releases, with actual historic markings besides those from the ‘Flyboys’
contains 35 parts in pale tan colour plastic. There are two upper wings to
choose from and two clear parts for different windscreens. The surface texture
of wing fabric is well represented in scale. Interior of cockpit embossed detail
is also given although much of it is hidden. The kit also includes accurate
seat, control stick and a fuselage gun complete with ammunition feed and spent
machine that I chose to represent of the 4 options was the one that had
transparent celluloid skylights in its wing center sections. Behind the cockpit
the Nieuport had a faired headrest. This was well represented in the kit however
I added a head backing cushion shaped from a single drop of thick white glue.
This is clearly depicted on the box art. As mentioned earlier the 17 carried a
single Lewis gun mounted above the center section. I have however chosen to do
the Nieuport serialled N1723 in preference to the others. This was principally
because its armament added a mechanically synchronized Vickers Gun that was
centrally mounted in front of the pilot.
aircraft was airbrushed in a mix of silver with a few drops of gloss white and
varnish. The propeller was hand painted in wood colours and the cockpit interior
painted as per instruction sheet at an earlier stage. I completed the rigging
using transparent thread, which seemed to work to correct scale in view of the
small size of the aircraft.
decal sheet is of top quality that we are used to in Eduard kits. For each
option are provided insignia, stencils, and personal motifs.
hopes to see further world War 1 types being offered in Eduard’s range of famous
aircraft, the kits of which all feature such fine detail and an impressively
exact fit of parts.
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