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Nieuport -24Bis

  • 08/20/2021 7:23 PM
    Reply # 10945053 on 10149972

    Sorry for the late reply. Jim's Spad we signed off as 86 lbs, ready to fly, 134" span. It had a DA150 installed.

  • 08/06/2021 8:09 AM
    Reply # 10824809 on 10149972

    Great looking Spad.

    Do you know what engine was used?


  • 08/05/2021 6:01 PM
    Reply # 10808257 on 10149972

    Wow Al - this is a monster project! Looking great. Reminds me of a friend Jim Dietrick, who built a Spad XIII in his living room... I signed his model off as it was well over the 55 lb limit and needed a waiver...

    Keep building! :-)

    Enclosed is a pic of Jim's Spad. I have not seen Jim in a few years...

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  • 08/01/2021 8:48 AM
    Reply # 10787465 on 10149972

    I am still working on this one. Here  are some later photos.

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  • 05/23/2021 3:50 PM
    Reply # 10540906 on 10149972

    This build requires some old fashioned woodworking.

    Here are the interplane struts and a scale 32 inch static propeller I have made

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  • 05/08/2021 8:56 AM
    Reply # 10454691 on 10149972

    Working away slowly. A couple of "Eye Candy" parts.

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  • 04/19/2021 7:58 AM
    Reply # 10328101 on 10149972

    Thanks for your response. Glad to know there is someone else still scratch building. At one third scale, it usually takes me about 9 months or so to complete.

    Any time you would like to come around an visit,  just let me know.  I live in Woodway.

    My Email address is :-flyby13@sbcglobal.net


  • 04/19/2021 3:06 AM
    Reply # 10327592 on 10149972

    Hey Alan. This is progressing along nicely. That's a whole bunch of landing/flying wires on those planes. It's great to see what I call "real building" still being done, and not a YARF (Yet Another Ready to Fly). I'm just now getting retooled to start building again, and this model is a great inspiration to do so. Please keep posting updates, and let us all know when the maiden will occur. Thanks.

  • 04/18/2021 9:07 PM
    Reply # 10326791 on 10149972

    An Update

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  • 02/28/2021 6:04 PM
    Message # 10149972

    How nice to have a new website that we can all share.

    My current building project is a One Third scale Nieuport 24Bis.

    There were many variants of  Nieuports used in WW-!.

    The first was the small Nieuport 11,  known as the” Bebe”.

    Then perhaps the most famous, the N-17 which equipped a large number of  Allied squadrons and flown by many of the Allied Aces.  

    The next variant was the N-24 which had a more powerful rotary engine and a more rounded and streamlined fuselage.

    After that the N-27 which was a development of the 24 and again had a more powerful rotary engine and strengthened wings.

    The final version used was the N-28.

    The model I am building is a Nieuport 24Bis. Why Bis?

    Previous variants had no Fin but had a full flying rudder with semi rectangular stabilizer and elevators.

    The N-24 was designed with a Fin and Rudder with a rounded stabilizer and elevators.  However, there were production delays in getting those new tail designs built, so the early production N-24 continued with the earlier tailplane design and these were designated as N-24Bis.

     I am using  drawings by Hardesty for the full-size aircraft that I have had printed out at One Third scale.  No R/C plans at all, I am designing the model from those drawings and all the parts are cut in my shop. It takes quite a bit longer doing it that way, but I enjoy solving those issues.

     I started this project about 8 weeks ago and it will take me probably 9 months or more to complete.

    I started with the fuselage and the tail feathers and have also made a start on the wing center section.

    The top wing span at one third scale is 108 inches, so I have to build  the wings in three parts for storage and transportation.

    An interesting feature of this aircraft is that the ailerons were connected to a torque rod. That was connected to two vertical push rods in the fuselage. Moving the joy stick from side to side moved those push rod up and down which turned the torque rod and operated the ailerons.

     As a result, there will not be any servos in the wings for the ailerons, they will be driven, as the original but by two servos mounted in each side of the fuselage.

    The bearings for the torque rods are situated in the center section of the wing, but there has to be a  slop- free  way, for the torque rods to be connected when the outer wing panels are installed. That will be done using a square alloy rod that will slide into a square alloy tube.

    Here are a few of photos of the build so far.

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