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Eduard Nieuport 17
1/48th scale, Weekend Edition
The Nieuport 17 was one of many versions of this famous WWI fighter. This was a French fighter, very successful, and is one of the more popular modeling subjects of WWI aviation.
For this kit, I wanted to build something quick and out-of-the-box; no resin, photo-etch, scratch building, etc. Just the plastic in the box and whatever glue and paint was needed. I used old school lacquer Floquil Old Silver for the fuselage and wings to replicate the painted linen, Alcad metallizer for the spinner and cowling (that stuff is beautiful, can't wait to use it again), and Vallejo acrylics for everything else.

Paints Used

  • "Old School" Floquil lacquer Old Silver for the majority of the body
  • Alcad Airframe Silver for cowl and spinner
  • Various Vallejo paints for wood effects, cockpit, tires, etc.
This was a good and quick project.  There are problems with the instructions, Eduard included instructions for one kit and decals for a different kit pictured on the box cover (they did not, the instructions are for another aircraft, but Paul Thompson of Internet Modeler was good enough to provided me with correct sheets).  Also, I tried to fix a warp in the horizontal stabilizer with boiling water and warped the thing beyond use (I had to build another from sheet styrene).  With the issues above, and an incorrect engine for the aircraft depicted (more of that "instructions don't match the plastic" problem) I decided to just finish the kit as best as I could. 
I did not fully rig the model, left off the oversized control horns, and a few of the struts are missing as they did not fit properly.  But for my first aircraft kit completed in 19 years, and my first WWI aircraft kit ever, it didn't turn out too bad.  I have a few more WWI kits in the stash and I'm looking forward to building them.
In-progress shots taken with Canon SD700is. Completed model photos taken with Canon 400D (Rebel Xti) with hot shoe flash and 50mm fixed lens.

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