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Model Airplane News - April 2013

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Model Airplane News - April 2013

Flyzone Nieuport 17 The

Flyzone Nieuport 17 The included LiPo charger is powered with “AA” batteries. There is a small channel molded into the bottom of the fuselage. The battery is easy to install and is held in place with a strip of Velcro. The Nieuport is available as a ready-to-fly (RTF) and as a transmitter-ready (Tx-R) version. Both versions come with a rechargeable 3.7V, 140mAh LiPo flight battery and five “AA” batteries. The RTF version comes with a 4-channel Tactic transmitter with a built-in LiPo charger port, and the Tx-R version comes with a cordless DC LiPo battery charger powered by the AA batteries. The flight battery fits into a recess in the bottom of the fuselage just above the YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO BECOME AIRBORNE WITHIN MINUTES OF OPENING THE BOX AND PATROL THE SKIES OVER ALMOST ANY SMALL, OPEN AREA. landing gear, and is held in place with a small strip of Velcro. The fuselage is formed from an upper and lower half with a foam cowling glued to the front to house the motor. Should you want to get a look at the innards of the model, it is quite easy to separate the halves and then tape them back together. You will have to slice through the nice looking decals to do this though. Unique features Like all the Flyzone WW I airplanes, this one comes fully assembled and is factory finished and painted. The radio and power IN THE AIR I first flew the micro Nieuport 17 at my local RC flying field and with calm conditions, it was a joy to fly. It is extremely stable and very easy to control. Even with occasional gentle gusts, the little WW I biplane easily righted itself with very little pilot input, (if you have enough altitude). If the wind is blowing, forget it. You can really enjoy it best in the early morning or late after noon when it is calm and quiet. Flying off grass you need to hand launch because it wheels are just too small for the sod. Indoors on a smooth level floor, the rudder is very effective and it is easy to takeoff and land. In the air, you can make tight figure-8s while avoiding other planes and the backstops in the gym! Lots of fun in a small package. GEAR USED Radio: Tactic TTX404 4-Channel 2.4GHz (tacticrc.com) Motor: Brushed (included) Battery: Flyzone 3.7V 140mAh LiPo (included) Charger: Flyzone DC cordless unit (included) model to wander a bit. But, with throttle pulled back a bit for cruise speed, the plane tracks nicely without too much need for rudder. Aerobatics: This is a 3-channel (no ailerons) machine and so it is limited mostly to loops and vertical maneuvers like wingovers. But really, the Nieuport is designed for fun, low-level patrols in close. Stalls and glide performance: Power off, the Nieuport will glide, but being a biplane, you need to keep the nose down to maintain airspeed. Stalls are easy to recover from by releasing back pressure on the elevator and applying power. For landing, simply reduce power and keep flying until just about the ground, then pull back elevator a little to raise the nose and hold it off as long as possible. It almost lands itself. GENERAL FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS Stability: The Nieuport is stable enough to be anyone’s second airplane, if the first was a trainer and you have soloed successfully. You should be able to become airborne within minutes of opening the box and patrol the skies over almost any small, open area. Tracking: With its all flying rudder and no vertical fin, I had expected the PILOT DEBRIEFING The Nieuport 17 is ready to fly as soon as you open the box. Charge the flight battery, and you’re good to go with flight durations of up to nine or 10 minutes! After several flights the model’s ruggedness has stood up nicely with both indoor and outdoor flights. 48 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT MODELAIRPLANENEWS.COM

All the controls come connected and ready to go. Note the scale-looking tail skid. systems are all factory-installed and ready to go. You also get an unpainted pilot bust and details like the machine gun and a replica rotary engine. The landing gear, wheels, tail skid, and the wing struts are also scale and come attached in place— there’s nothing to assemble. You may find it convenient to save the box the model comes in as it is designed to be used as a storage and transport container. Small blocks of foam interlock to keep the model and its accessories from rattling around when the box is closed. If you already have a Flyzone RTF plane with a Tactic transmitter as I did, the Tx-R aircraft (the airplane featured in this review), will quickly bind to your radio. If you don’t have one, you can fly your Tx-R plane with your own existing transmitter by adding a brand-compatible AnyLink module. These easy to attach units works with virtually all transmitters, regardless of brand, band, or modulation type. A replica Nieuport 17 in flight at a display in 2007. The Insignia is of the Lafayette Escadrille. (WikiMedia photo by Tom Smith) Flyboys’ Superstar Brought back into the limelight by the 2006 WW I aviation film Flyboys, the Nieuport 17 was one of the mainstays of the French air service during the Great War. A replacement for the earlier Nieuport 11, the 17 has a more powerful 110hp Le Rhône rotary engine for power and larger, stronger wings. Mistakenly referred to as a biplane, the earlier Nieuports, with their noticeable narrower lower wings are actually a “sesquiplane” (meaning one and a half wings). The Nieuport 17 reached the front lines in early 1916 and was recognized as an excellent design. It had superior climb performance, even though its lower wing with its weak single spar construction was known to fail during high speed dives. By 1917, as the 17s were becoming outclassed by superior German aircraft, it was quickly replaced by the newer and more advanced Nieuport 24bis and Nieuport 28. Many Allied aces flew in Nieuport designs and it remains one of the Great War’s most recognizable dogfighters. ■ For the behind-the-scenes story about the making of Flyboys, check out the article “So you want to make a movie” by Tony Bill at ModelAirplaneNews.com/blog/2009/09/28/flyboys/ Bottom line If you have never flown one of the WW I biplanes (or triplane) from the Flyzone RC hangar, then you really should check out the new Nieuport 17. It takes virtually no Specifications Wingspan: 26 ft. 9 in. Length: 19 ft. Weight: 1,232 lb. Engine: 110hp Le Rhône 9-cylinder rotary Max speed: 110mph Endurance: 1.75 hours time to get into the air and when you do get it airborne, it’s a pure delight. Even though this French WW I Escadrille dogfighter is small in size, it packs a big dose of RC flying fun! With mild winds, the Nieuport 17 looks great doing lazy figure-8s over any open flying area. Even though the model is a molded micro flyer, it really captures the scale looks of the full-size WW I fighter. APRIL 2013 49

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