NIEUPORT 28 1918Kit
Rejected by the French and British air services, the Nieuport 28 was the
first biplane fighter received in large numbers by squadrons of the United States
Air Service. A favorite with aces like Harold Hartney, it was fast and maneuverable
but had a tendency to shed its upper wing fabric if its pilot pulled out of a
steep dive too quickly. EDDIE RICKENBACKERS Favorite Fighter
Eddie Rickenbaker enlisted in the U.S. Army in May, 1917 and arrived in France
on June 26. With the connivance of high-ranking friends in the AEF, Rickenbacker
was accepted into the air corps. He trained at Tours, France, was promoted to
lieutenant, In March, 1918, after training in aerial gunnery at Cazeau, Eddie
was assigned to the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron, the first all-American air unit
to see combat (April 14, 1918). He became an ace, and won the French Croix de
Guerre, in May by shooting down five German airplanes and was named commander
of the 94th, the "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, on September 24. The following day,
Eddie shot dow two more German airplanes, victories for which the U.S. government
awarded him a belated Congressional Medal of Honor in 1930. His twenty-sixth confirmed
victory occurred on October 30, and the last victory (the 69th) for the 94th occurred
on November 10, 1918. World War I ended the next day.
Designed from the original plans, photographs and restored aircraft on display
in several museums. This historically accurate model reproduces virtually every
detail of the real airplane. The open framework allows for authentic detailing
and shows the intricacies of construction. The kit contains over 190 laser
cut basswood and birch plywood parts for ribs, fuselage and other wooden components.
Hundreds of finely cast Britannia metal, copper, aluminum, brass and rubber parts
make up the instrument panel, fuel tank, turnbuckles, ailerons, struts, compression
bar, stabilizers, machine guns, wheels, tires and more. A perfectly scaled
rotary engine- complete with cylinders, distributor, spark plugs and crankcase-
is also assembled from Britannia metal castings. Three sheets of plans and an
explicitly illustrated, step-by-step instruction manual will assist novice and
expert modelers in the completion of a museum quality model.
182-821-9 NIEUPORT 28 Wingspan: 20” Fuselage: 15-3/4”
Scale: 1/16 (3/4” = 1 ft.)
Regularly US$300.00 our web special US$254.95
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