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 RICKENBACKER’S 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 down 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.
Wingspan: 20” Fuselage: 15-3/4” Scale: 1/16 (3/4” = 1 ft.)