PLANES WORTH MODELING NIEUPORT 17
Model Airplane News|Summer 2020
PLANES WORTH MODELING NIEUPORT 17
The best pursuit plane of its day

If you like building vintage biplane models, there are many WW I warbirds that make excellent scale projects. One of the more popular aircraft to come out of the Great War is the Nieuport XVII (Type 17). Not a true biplane, this French fighter was a “sesquiplane” designed by Gustave Delage and manufactured by the Nieuport company. An improvement over the Nieuport 11, the Type 17 was a little larger than earlier Nieuports and better adapted to a more powerful engine. It was also equipped with the new Alkan-Hamy synchronization gear that permitted the use of a fuselage-mounted Vickers gun firing through the propeller disc. Earlier designs were equipped with a Lewis gun attached to the top wing to clear the propeller arc.

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Summer 2020