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Old Jul 18, 2012, 07:57 PM
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Micro Nieuport from Flyzone

FlyZone Micro Nieuport 17. Showing mid-August for the Tx-R and mid-September for the RTF.

Finally something to battle with the Dr.1 and Albatros!

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Old Jul 18, 2012, 11:35 PM
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My micro fleet will be growing larger
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Oh no...

I really don't need another airplane!

I want it, but...

Maybe I could move to larger quarters. Someplace where there's room for all the boxes and me too.

How fiendish.

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Old Jul 19, 2012, 06:53 AM
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Cool, just like the Spitfire or Mosquito you can never have too many Nieuports

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Old Jul 19, 2012, 08:18 AM
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Based on experience with Dr1 and Albatros:

Plus:

Micro
Nicely molded
Well Painted
Flies well

Minus:

Gear struts just glued to fuse (no wire)
Motors/gear box rattle like an old freight train
Servo chatter
Fuse is glued together, no repair access
No piece parts available
Wheel retainers pop off
Not DSM2

I'll probably end up buying one and modifying it with a PZ brick, Champ motor, and reinforcing strut joints with short lenths of bent wire. I've got kits underway on my board right now, but when I get a chance I'm going to do that to the DR1 and Albatros that are on my shelf. Of course that makes the model all that much more expensive.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 03:07 PM
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Based on experience with Dr1 and Albatros:
Minus:

Gear struts just glued to fuse (no wire)
Motors/gear box rattle like an old freight train
Servo chatter
Fuse is glued together, no repair access
No piece parts available
Wheel retainers pop off
Not DSM2
I'm not sure what you mean by "no piece parts available." I believe that their Dr.1 pieces are available separately. In fact, I have a complete set of airframe parts for the Dr.1 in my workshop.

I heard that there might be another WWI plane coming from Hobbico. The Nieuport is certainly a nice one to model.

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Old Jul 19, 2012, 05:00 PM
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I sure would like a link. Both Dr1 and Albatros are disabled right now. I still want to replace the innards though. The PZ or Spectrum bricks are much better and PZ motor/gearboxes are smoother and quiet. Seems to me Flyzone is making models of very popular planes that are well engineered as far as flying characteristics but fall short in the propulsion and electronics.

Of course this is only my opinion, your mileage may vary.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 06:38 PM
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I sure would like a link. Both Dr1 and Albatros are disabled right now.
Tower Hobbies stocks all the parts for both planes.

I assembled a DR.1 from parts early this year.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 07:21 PM
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"I sure would like a link."

Ray, there was a link in the orignal post. Here it is again - FlyZone Nieuport

Unfortunately, there isn't much to see other than a picture on Tower's site. It doesn't even appear on FlyZones site yet.

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Old Jul 19, 2012, 07:36 PM
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Thanks. I did see that link, I was looking for a link to get parts. Tim said Tower has them so I need to go check that out.

Just checked out the parts. Everything is available and in stock. Thanks for pointer. Now just to take the planes apart......
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 08:28 PM
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I sure would like a link. Both Dr1 and Albatros are disabled right now. I still want to replace the innards though. The PZ or Spectrum bricks are much better and PZ motor/gearboxes are smoother and quiet. Seems to me Flyzone is making models of very popular planes that are well engineered as far as flying characteristics but fall short in the propulsion and electronics.

Of course this is only my opinion, your mileage may vary.
For any plane they sell Tower lists the parts for it. Here's the link for the Dr.1.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXCKWD&P=0
If you look in the box at the top left of this page you will see a link for "replacement & optional parts." Click on this and you'll get a complete parts listing. The same is true for the Albatros, and once the Nieuport is available they will list the parts for it too.

I retrofit a BSD ball bearing 7mm gearbox with a long-can 7mm motor in my Dr.1. It's quiet and develops 18% more thrust for almost exactly the same weight.

There are plusses and minuses for Parkzone and Flyzone's respective bricks. Check the Parkzone Carbon Cub thread for all the reports of servo problems on that plane. Mine jammed up on the third flight, locking the ailerons, it flew into a tree, and had to be returned to Horizon (who replaced it when they got their next shipment, very good customer service). Six of one, half a dozen of another ...

Hope this helps.

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Old Jul 19, 2012, 09:58 PM
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SWEET! I just flew my DR1 a few weeks ago and loved it. Had it for most of the summer but the weather just hasn't cooperated for flying time.....unless its a day I'm at work lol.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 10:04 PM
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I've seen this one in person but not flown it yet. It looks sweet and reports are it is a good flyer.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 06:56 AM
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RayRangel,

"I'll probably end up buying one and modifying it with a PZ brick, ..."

Do you mean that you don't trust the Nieuport's brick? But if you mean it's not compatible with your Spektrum transmitter, and you'd want to make the brick swap, this is unnecessary, because you could use a $25 AnyLink with your Spek. TX to control the Nieuport brick.

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Old Jul 20, 2012, 07:16 AM
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I hope so, I really like the flying qualities of the other two. It's on my list to buy. I hope my opinions weren't too off-putting. As I said, the flying qualities of the Dr1 and Albatros planes are well engineered.

If nothing else I will reinforce the landing gear struts and wing strut attachment points before first flight though to save on the necessity of field repairs.
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