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    Balsa USA 1/4 scale Nieuport 17 PLEASE HELP!!

    It's getting close to that time of year again and I'm trying to decide on a winter building project. I'm thinking about the Balsa USA Nieuport 17

    Does anyone have any experience with this kit (kit quality,building difficulty, power, setup, finish etc. etc.)

    I was thinking about maybe using a converted 31cc Ryobi engine for power any other suggestions?
    Iknow this kit's porpuse was not to be identical to scale but I would like to make it as close to the real thing as possible.

    Thanks in Advance!

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    RE: Balsa USA 1/4 scale Nieuport 17 PLEASE HELP!!

    Well I know this thread is old, But if anyone else is starting this kit I would highly recommend using HARDWOOD Spars. My first set of wings (balsa spars) would "sag" quiet a bit. I noticed the same condition w/ other Nieuports at Rhinebeck. My second wings were built using the hardwood spars and you can see the difference. This is a GREAT flying airplane!

    Ray.

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    RE: Balsa USA 1/4 scale Nieuport 17 PLEASE HELP!!

    Wow you did dig this one up from the back of the forum ! hahhahahh

    I have a friend with this plane, no problem with wing sag, flies great, and he lost a tail wire last summer, nearly went into tail destructive flutter.

    good looking on the ground, and in the air... i think the purists will say the lower wing chord is way off... but its nice flying/looking plane to most.


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