GPM Nieuport 11

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  1. dfarrell

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    So I am not done with my Albatross D.V yet, but the postman left a package at my door from Poland. And in it was the Nieuport 11 with a set of Draf frames, as well as an Albotross B.I and a W.4 and a set of frames for the Halberstadt D.II (which I already have the kit ). So you see, I had to do something with this stuff before it sits around and gathers dust, right? Plus I am just dying to see how these frames work out, so I thought I would start on the Nieuport. I've just finished the front section of the fuselage, not much to show,but here it is.

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  2. Ben Gal

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    I'm looking forward to this one! See my comments about frames on my Fokker E.11 thread. There will be some fit issues if you elect not to glue the patterns to the frames. I didn't because it's one more thing to do - I made up for it by spacers in the right places.

    Good luck - nice subject.

    Keith
  3. dfarrell

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    I was going to show some pictures of the fuselage framing, but my camera had a dead battery :cry: , so here itwith the skins on it. I think I like using these laser cut frames. So far there has been no problems at all! :-D

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  4. dfarrell

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    All I managed to last night was to build the tail skid and a wheel. The skid is built up from several parts. The actual skid part is made from a piece of wire. The blob at the end of it is some glue I put on the end to protect things from being scratched by it. My son sometimes likes to "fly" my models, and I thought I should do something to the end of the skid so it dosen't scratch the runway.

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    Anybody have some advice for cutting out the cut outs in these guys? they are kind of small.

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    Drill appropriate holes at each end, connecting straight cuts with the scalpel? - L.
  7. dfarrell

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    What kind of drill would you use on this?
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    I think everyone who uses them would say, get a Japanese Hole Punch and hope that the hole size fits the punches in the kit (1mm to 5mm).
    If not drill or cut carefully under a magnifier! I find drilling messy, I don't know if anyone has an idea to overcome this?

    Keith
  9. dfarrell

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    I took a few nights off from this guy, but I got back on it tonight. Built the tail feathers, landing gear struts and started the motor. The motor that comes with the kit uses the stacked disc method for building the cylinders. I am combining the crank case that came with the kit (why waste those die-cut frames?) the the cylinders that came from a le Rhone model that I downloaded from some where (the link is on my old computer). I hope it will all fit! Oh well if it dosen't, we have ways . . .
    Here is the picture

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    Thanks, I will remember that.
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    I took a few nights off to play with some other non-modeling projects, but I spent a little time on it tonight. I finished the engine and put it in the cowl. The engine turned out a little too big to rotate inside the cowl, but it does fit, so I can live with that. Here is the engine and cowl, up close and personal:

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    And here is a view of the rest:

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    Engine looks good! Coming together nicely! thanks for the update!

    Chris
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    Looks great! Don't worry about the engine, mine didn't rotate in the Dr1 either!
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    That's a good thing about static models.

    Keep it going, DF.
  16. dfarrell

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    You know what I would really like to see? A Seimens-Schukert D-III with a counter rotating engine (that is the engine rotates in the opposite direction of the prop). That would be something!
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    I am back at it again. I've been working on the wings. The upper wing has lots of ribs and that segmented spar that we have all seen in other build threads featuring other G.P.M. airplanes. The lower wings just have ribs. The fit on everything so far has been perfect, but I am still glad that I bought the frames. They really simplify building the wings. There is no way I would get this many ribs this small cut with this degree of accuracy. Here is the upper wing framing.

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    Here is a shot of the wings and those wing flappy things. They are supposed to be framed like the wings but the rib segments were too small for me to deal with so I didn't use them. (I hope I don't hear boos from you guys who like tiny little pieces) I think they turned out fine.

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    Coming together nicely - I've ordered this kit. Keep up the good work.

    Keith
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    It will look good with your eindecker, as these planes would have been adversaries over the skies of Verdun.