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Apr 15, 2019, 05:01 PM
Lori, hey, you're home early
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Nieuport 17 Balsa USA 1/6 Scale

Well another project is getting added to the list. My club, the Jersey Coast Sport Flyers, had a silent auction selling off the gear and models and kits of a recently departed member on Sunday after our first warm weather fun fly (we have fun flys all year long!!). All proceeds went directly to his family. I really like this club.

I won a partly built 1/6th scale Balsa USA Nieuport 17. The fuselage had already been framed out so I still have to do the wings, tail and landingear, etc. Power will be from the pictured Turnigy C3548-900, 14x8 prop, 3s 3000 or 3s2p 2200. I'm estimating that it'll be around 5 lbs +- a few ounces. Covering will be uncertified Ceconite Lite glued on with Poly-Tak. Paint will be my new fav-- Rustoleum brushed on. I'll probably finish it like an RFC rather than French N17. Some RFC N17's were painted an olive drab on the fuse and upper surfaces. I may indulge in a bit of artistic license and go a bit lighter to resemble more the shade in the Ted Williams painting below. I'll likely omit the spinner. Alternatively I might choose Willy Coppens paint scheme. It's a little different-- silver fuse with green top turtle deck and tail, green wing upper surfaces and the "Paper Horse" insignia. I've already removed 3cm of material from the back of the vacuformed cowl to make it look more scale in profile. Stock is way too long.
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Apr 15, 2019, 05:48 PM
Round engines & two wings...
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Cool. I’ll be watching
Apr 22, 2019, 07:28 AM
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Looking forward to watching your build. I'm currently building a DB Sport & Scale 1/6 Tiger Moth.
Apr 23, 2019, 11:19 AM
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If it flies as well as the 1/4 scale version you will be happy.

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