1/72 Eduard plastic kit to build the Nieuport Ni-17 wich was used by the french aviator Georges Marie Ludovic Jules Guynemer, from the Escadrille N3 - Les Cigognes (1916).
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|Motif||biplane fighter aircraft of World War I|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
|Content||Plastic kit | Decals | Instructions|
The Nieuport 17 was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, manufactured by the Nieuport company.
The Nieuport 17 was a slightly larger development of the earlier Nieuport 11, with a more powerful engine, larger wings, and improved aerodynamic form. It was at first fitted with a 110 hp (82 kW) Le Rhône 9J engine, though later versions were upgraded to a 130 hp (97 kW) engine. The 17 had outstanding maneuverability and an excellent rate of climb. Unfortunately, the narrow lower wing, marking it as a "sesquiplane" design with literally "one-and-a-half wings", was weak due to its single spar construction, and had a disconcerting tendency to disintegrate in sustained dives at high speed. As soon as production of the new Alkan-Hamy synchronization gear permitted, the wing mounted Lewis gun of the "11" was replaced in French service with a synchronised Vickers gun. The standard Royal Flying Corps synchroniser of the period, the Vickers-Challenger gear, was unreliable, and in British Service the wing mounted Lewis was usually retained, by now on the improved Foster mounting, a curved metal rail which made it easier for the pilot to bring the gun down in order to change drums or clear jams. A few individual aircraft were fitted with both guns - but in practice this reduced performance unacceptably, and a single machine gun remained standard.
This is a 1/72 Eduard plastic kit to build the Nieuport Ni-17 wich was used by the french aviator Georges Marie Ludovic Jules Guynemer, from the Escadrille N3 - Les Cigognes (1916).
Georges Marie Ludovic Jules Guynemer joined as a volunteer in November, 1914. As an aircraft mechanic, he went through pilot training, and after completion joined Escadrille MS.3 in April, 1915. His first victories were gained on the Morane-Saulnier. He flew the pictured aircraft shortly before conversion to SPADs.
Through the course of 1916 alone, he achieved 25 victories, more than half of which were attained on the Nieuport. He became a French media darling, and it was a national tragedy when on Spetember 11, 1917, he lost his life in combat. His final tally was 53 confirmed and 35 probable kills.
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