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#1 65Chevelle Aug 31, 2006 08:08 PM

Peter Rake IPS Nieuport Mono
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Well I've put aside the IPS Scout for a little while and have recently started a new build. :rolleyes:

You can't miss that elevator design. I really like it.
This may be a slow build since work just got crazy for me but I'll post more as time allows.
So far the plans look really good and I don't see too many issues. Right now I forsee that my biggest problem will be finding a jig to make my own wire wheels.
I also tried a little experimenting with aluminum foil and lye. I'll ask for opinions and add a pic at a later date. Looks like a few more "firsts" for me on this build. :)
I've been buiding a little here and there as time allows. I'm really falling for this design. That Swallow tail got to me.
I want to thank Pete for letting do this build. I do really appreciate it.

#2 Redbaron25 Sep 01, 2006 02:36 AM

Welcome to the '2 or more models on the go at once' club, Chris! I agree that tail is very graceful and attractive - they don't make 'em like that any more, do they.


#3 PETERRAKE Sep 01, 2006 03:51 AM

Welcome aboard mate.
The Nieuport IV is actually quite a lot different to the one you're building, not just around the tail and cowl. However, I only have to add the text to a 30" version of that too.


#4 65Chevelle Sep 01, 2006 08:19 PM

That will definately be a nice one to build Pete.
Which derivation? Is it like what I attached previously?

#5 pburress Sep 01, 2006 08:43 PM

Wire Wheel Jig

Dare designs makes a jig as well as a kit to make wire wheels. I orderd a jig & wheel kit (2 1/4") for my Castaibert wheels from Pat Tritle. He can be reached at PatsCustomModels@aol.com.

I have a problem with working on two at once. I usually just set one aside- the danger there is not picking it up again!

#6 PETERRAKE Sep 02, 2006 01:10 AM

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Yes, pretty much what you posted, but with this tail shape.


#7 65Chevelle Sep 02, 2006 05:53 AM

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Pete, I came across that one too. Pretty unique.
Here's one more variation. I like the clean cowling on this one.

pburress, Thanks for the info. I remember a thread here regarding scratch building wire wheels. I'll have to find it again. I believe the jig described in the thread would allow buiding of various diameter wheels. An adjustable jig. It utilized pvc pipe for the rim.


#8 markie Sep 02, 2006 08:52 AM

"I remember a thread here regarding scratch building wire wheels. I'll have to find it again. I believe the jig described in the thread would allow buiding of various diameter wheels. An adjustable jig. It utilized pvc pipe for the rim. "

Chris, When you find that link would you please post it for us? I've got to make a set of wheels for my Sommer Monoplane. Thaks,


#9 Redbaron25 Sep 02, 2006 10:19 AM

Here's Peter's thread on the 'PVC pipe' spoked wheels...

and also another one I found...


#10 65Chevelle Sep 02, 2006 02:45 PM

Ahhh, Thanks Steve.
Here's a couple more pics of the mono build.
Pete, I assume that you want this model built according to the plans with minimal deviations? I have a couple of minor questions/comments. I'll send them along later.

#11 65Chevelle Sep 02, 2006 02:47 PM

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Oops, forgot the pics.....
Here they are.

#12 65Chevelle Sep 04, 2006 06:14 AM

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The wings are completed. Only needs final sanding.
On to the fuse.

#13 PETERRAKE Sep 04, 2006 10:32 AM

Looking really good mate. I'm still waiting for your queries re options though.
On the subject of wheels, bearing in mind that you can afford weight in front of the balance point, had you considered using the wheels off one of those little toy m/cycles or BMX type bikes. They look okay and are pretty cheap. I usually scour the discount shops for such items and picked up a couple of Ducatis with wheels just a shade over 1" diameter. Two quite nice pairs of spoked wheels for 2. Always worth buying two the same because front and rear wheels aren't always identical. I have, in the past picked up other sizes, more suited to your needs. Saves a lot of work and is much cheaper than those Czech made spoked wheels I normally use on small models - 10 a pair.


#14 65Chevelle Sep 04, 2006 06:14 PM

Pete: I hadn't thought of the toy motorcycle/ bicycle wheels. What a good idea. I was thinking of making my own and have been searching the net for a plan on making the jig. Toys might be an easier option.
As for the questions/comments: I built in the rib dihedral based on former F3/F3A. There is no dihedral given on the plan. I trust the former since this is a plan for a laser kit.
The rigging blocks in the wings go from top to bottom. I had to look it up on your original build. This was not clear to me from the plans. No rigging details or information is shown regarding the rigging. I don't know if you normally show this but it would be helpful.
I'm going to take off the motor thrust angle straight off the drawing since it isn't specified. Okay?
Lastly, built up former F4 is incorrectly labeled as 3/32 x 3/6. That should be 3/16?
All minor, but I wanted to mention them. I'll be working on the fuse starting tomorrow.

#15 65Chevelle Sep 04, 2006 08:08 PM

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Here's a pic of my aluminum foil experiment on a piece of scrap balsa. I tried to duplicate the aluminum finish for the cowl. The raw aluminum foil is too bright so I shot it with some lye from oven cleaner to dull the surface. Is it still too shiney?
I tried to keep the lye off the left side. As you can hopefully see, the right is some what duller.

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