1/32 scale Academy Nieuport 17/21
War I Aircraft
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As the Dutch air force Nieuport biplanes
had an overall aluminium dope look, no separate painting of the wings nor
fuselage was required (as may be needed for camouflaged of biplanes with
Next, the struts were set. Make sure that everything is symmetrical and parallel. Next, after ample drying time, the wires (made from fishing wire) were rigged to the already drilled holes in the lower wing. The wires were set on tension through hanging clothes pegs.
The outsides now got a light grey paint layer with the airbrush to check for any flaws. Some corrections were done where necessary.
The interior at the pilot cockpit were painted various shades of “wood”, using brown hues with the paintbrush.
The Dutch AF Nieuports have an overall
aluminium finish. With the airbrush, coats of alu zilver dope paints were
applied. The engine area got some hues of metal and aluminium as well.
The rudder got a coat of white.
The Dutch “Luchtvaart Afdeeling” planes
had large Orange balls as National markings. The were cut from large orange
decal sheets. I used a MORN compass cutter. (Alternatively, use the Dutch
Decal set 32009).
The plane number N215:R80 has a very nice bird on the fuselage side. The number was scribed with a permanent marker.
The bird was painted, using pictures, on a clear decalsheet, painting a couple of the until I was happy with it. The sheet was cut to size and added to the model.
All decals got a protection layer of gloss varnish using Johnson Future (Pledge / Klear)
-the wheels have some wires as well
and although closed, the wires were made from some thin plastic rod .
A simple but nice Nieuport 21 biplane of the “Luchtvaart Afdeeling” is now in the collection.
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