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1:32 scale - Nieuport N.28C1


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Hi all,
As I'm waiting for the display case for the Bristol M.1C model, I thought I'd star the next model.
This model will represent the Nieuport N.28C1, Serial No.6177, of the 95th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, operating from Saints aerodrome, France, during 1918.
This particular aircraft was flown by 1st Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, the son of the ex-President.
As very little of the cockpit will be seen, I'll just add control lines and bracing rigging, so essentially 'out-of-box - I think ;)

 

Mike

 

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Hi all,
The fuselage for the Nieuport 28C1 is ready to be closed up.
I did say this was to be an out-of-the box build, which it is.
Well, apart from:
Peach basket resin seat from 'Aviatic'.
Floor frame and side frames cross bracing wires - 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube (blackened) and 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament.
Rudder and elevator control wires - 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube (blackened) and 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament.
0.3 mm and 0.4 mm diameter lead wire ('PlusModel' - oil pulse meter pipe and starter switch wire.
0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube - control rod from mixture control quadrant.
Two forward cockpit frames (under main fuel tank) and shoulder height slotted panels - from photo-etch 'PART' N28 set.
Tachometer decal - 'Airscale' WW1 instrument set.
Shoulder harness and lap straps - from 'Wingnut Wings' Sopwith Snipe photo-etch set.

 

The supplied instrument panel was modified to represent the actual panel.
Most kit versions are modelled on the panel in the NASM reconstructed aircraft, which had additional instruments fitted for test flights.
The aircraft had Tulip wood diagonal crossed strips, as opposed to the traditional Nieuport metal cladding.
This was replicated by scribing the internal surface of the fuselage halves. 

 

Paints used were 'Tamiya' acrylics, 'Mr. Colour' enamels and 'Alclad' lacquers.
Finishes used were 'AK Interactive' engine oil wash, 'Flory Models' Grime clay wash and 'Alclad' Light Sheen lacquer.

 

Now to close it up inside the fuselage, never to be seen again,

 

Mike

 

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Hi Matt,

So far not to bad.

Others have found the lower wing warped, although in my kit its the upper wing that's warped.

No a deal breaker.

It's a typical earlier Roden kit, so room for improvement.

 

Hi all,
A few updates done.
I've added some photo-etch detail to the fuselage - elevator exit openings, side access panel, top panel edges and the rivet ring on the engine cowl.
I've also drilled out the openings in the carburettor air intake and both ends of the fuel 'Baden' type venturi exhauster.
Also the basic engine, which I've replaced with a 'Wingnut Wings' Oberursel U.I engine, is finished apart from the ignition leads.
The German Oberursel engine was a copy of the Le Rhone 9N engine.
One difference was that the Le Rhone engine had twin spark plugs co-located on the side of each each cylinder.
The Oberursel had twin sparks plugs, but at 90 degrees to each other.
As neither the plugs or in fact the cylinder heads will be seen once the engine cowl is fitted, I've left the plugs as they are.

 

Mike

 

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Hi all,
Just a quick update.
The kit supplied wing struts are only located into the wings with a short styrene ‘stubs’.
Also the fuselage struts are ‘butt’ joints to the fuselage and have no locating stubs.
Therefore I chose to add reinforcing rods to the wings and struts to better locate, align and support the wings.
The wing struts will locate into the wings with 0.5mm diameter rods.
The fuselage struts will be located with 0.4 mm diameter rod.
I've also added anchor points at all of the fuselage and wing rigging points,

 

Mike

 

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Hi all,
I've made a start on the painting phase.
The undersides of the wings would have the faint shadows from the leading edge fairings, wing ribs, rear spar and cross bracing wires.
The upper surfaces hardly at all as they were brush painted with coloured dopes.
I thought this time, I'd try representing these shadows with a slightly different technique.

I airbrushed the undersides with 'AK Interactive' white primer, which was required for when I apply the 'Aviattic' clear CDL decals.
Then I over sprayed a light coat of 'Tamiya' Smoke (X19).
I scanned the internal structure of both with and rescaled the scans to the correct side.
Then coloured the structure with contrasting colours and saved them as JPG files.
These were uploaded into my 'Cricut' Explore Air 2 crafters cutter and the parts not required were deleted.
I then cut the masks using 'Artool' Ultra Mask sheets.
These were placed onto the wings with the parts not required removed.
A light coat of the white primer was airbrushed and then the masks removed.
The bracing wires were drawn on the wings using a pencil.
Finally a light, blend coat of the white was airbrushed to blend everything.

 

The surfaces still need to be gloss coated before the CDL decals are applied,

 

Mike  

 

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Hi all,
Just a quick update.
I've painted the camouflage scheme, using 'Tamiya' acrylics thinned with 'Mr. Colour' levelling thinners 400.
Most of the colours were mixed to create as near as possible the shades of colours.
Airbrushed between 'UHU' white tack 'worms' with additional masking to protect from over spray.

 

Mike

 

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