1 x 7.7 mm.
19 ft. 1 in.
24 ft. 9 in.
Pictured above is the Nieuport from a kit by Balsa USA. Wingspan is 73 in. Balsa USA recommends .90 - 1.20 4c or 23 cc gasoline
engines for power. Notice the rockets near its wing tips.
Nieuport airplanes are perhaps the best known of the Nieuport fighting scout
series of aircraft. They were originally designed and built in France by Gustave Delage. The aircraft was often referred
to as the Bebe.
They were deployed in both France and the Dardanelles. In the Dardanelles they were one of the first true fighter aircraft used
by the British Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
picture above is the prototype build Nieuport built by Peter Rake. It
will eventually be offered as a kit from Manzano
Laser Works. Wingspan is 33 in. Power is by a speed 400 motor. The
motor is geared 2.33:1 turning a 10 x 6 propeller.
Nieuport 11 aircraft was extremely maneuverable and able to gain air superiority
over German aircraft ending the so-called "Fokker Scourge."
During the Battle of Verdun in February 1916, the aircraft was
responsible for the infliction of heavy casualties on the Germans.
Nieuport built from a kit by Proctor Enterprise has a wingspan of 61.25
in. Recommended engines are .70 - .80 four cycle.
The fighter was armed with a single Hotchkiss or Lewis machine-gun
firing above the propeller from the top wing. Some of the
aircraft were equipped with up to eight rockets on their outboard struts
which were used against enemy observation balloons.
The Nieuport shown above, built by Lichti of RCGroups, was converted
from a Guillow free flight kit. Wingspan is 24 in. It is 1/12 scale.
Although it was originally intended for rubber or engine power, Lichti
converted his airplane to electric power.
The tiny Nieuport Bebe was neither a monoplane nor biplane. It fell into
a class of 1 1/2 wing aircraft called sesquiplane. It has a
lower wing that is less than half the area of the upper wing.
The AMA has a number of Nieuport plans. They have spans from 24 in.
through 37 in. Although the plans show engine power,
they can probably be adapted for motor power.
20 ft. 4 in.
26 ft. 3 in.
2- 7.7 mm
The Nieuport shown above is built from a Kit Cutters kit in 1/6 scale. It has a 52 in. wingspan.
The Nieuport 28, differed from previous Nieuport fighting scout models in
that the lower wing was enlarged to be almost as large as the top wing. The aircraft were produced in France.
The aircraft were flown by the American Expeditionary Force pilots during World War I. It first flew on June 14, 1917.
On April 14, 1918, during only the second combat mission with the Expeditionary Force, two Nieuport aircraft had victories
over enemy aircraft. Lieutenant Alan Winslow and Lieutenant Douglas Campbell (the first U.S. fighter Ace of WWI) of the 94th
Aero Squadron each had victories over enemy aircraft.
The Nieuport built from a Aerodrome kit has a wingspan of 53 in. Power is by a AXI 2826 motor that can turn either
a 12 x 8 or 14 x 8 propeller. Weight is around 60 oz.
U.S. World War I Ace Eddie Rickenbacker first flew the aircraft. Although it had a smaller turning radius than other aircraft
of the time, it was slower, did not climb as well, and tended to be less durable. It tended to lose the fabric covering from
its upper wings in a fast dive.
That's Ian Turney-White and
his scratch built 50% scale Nieuport. It has a 157 in. wingspan, is
powered by a Westlake 342 cc twin, with a weight of 120 lbs.
German SPAD aircraft had an advantage over Nieuport aircraft. However
the U.S. pilots were able to overcome some of the advantage
with superior training. The victory ratios of SPAD aircraft and Nieuport
aircraft were similar.
The Nieuport Museum Scale kit
from Proctor Enterprise has a 80 in. wingspan and a length of 63 3/4". Weight is
about 16 1/2 lbs. You will need a 1.60
or bigger engine to power it.
A total of about 300 of the aircraft were produced. After the war a
number of the aircraft continued serving around the world.
Aerodrome has a Neuport kit. Wingspan is 36 in. and power is by a Speed
400 motor geared 2.33:1 with a 9 x 4.7 prop. All up weight is around 23 oz.
Cleveland Model has plans for the Nieuport with wingspans of 28 in., 42
in., 56 in. and 84 in.
Le Rhone 9J rotary
1- .303 cal.
19 ft. 0 in.
36 ft. 9 in.
Pictured above is the Nieuport built from a kit by Balsa USA. It is of
all wood construction with a wingspan of 55 in. and a length
of 40 in. From .35 to .50 engines are required. Weight is about 6
A Frenchman, Clement Ader received the first ever contract to built a
military aircraft in 1892. Although he could not get the aircraft
to fly, it set a precedent for the use of an airplane as a military
Picture immediately above is the Nieuport built from a kit by Balsa USA. Construction is from wood. It has a
wingspan of 80 in. with a length of 61 in. A 1.20 four cycle engine can power the 14 lb. model.
By 1907 the United States had put forth its own requirements for a military aircraft. Germany patented the first fixed
machine gun to be used on an aircraft in 1910. The first recorded use of a weapon being fired from an aircraft was in the
United States on August 20, 1910.
The first British dedicated fighter aircraft took flight on November 3, 1912. During the civil war in Mexico, in
November of 1913, the first recorded air to air combat took place with pistols being fired between aircraft.
The Nieuport that first flew in 1916 was the second model of the Nieuport Fighting Scouts, and a vast improvement over
its predecessor. The aircraft had a more powerful engine, greater wing area, and a stronger fuselage structure. Controls were
actuated by wire rather than ropes.
The VK Models Nieuport shown above is built from their kit. With a wingspan of 54 in. and length of 37 in. it
requires from .48 to .70 engines for power.
Pilots appreciated the Nieuport 17 for its great maneuverability, speed, and climb rate. An improved gun mount made loading of
machine gun easier. Eventually a synchronized machine gun that could be
fired through the propeller arc was mounted on the aircraft.
The Nieuport built from Flyboy plans wingspan is 82" and length is 57
in. A 1.20 four stroke engine can power the model.
Nieuport became the preferred aircraft of a number of World War I
flying aces. Eventually it became the predominant French
World War I fighter aircraft before more modern aircraft replaced
The Nieuport pictured immediately above is from a build thread to the WattFlyer website by Long Time Flyer. It has a 47 in.
wingspan and should weigh a little over 1 lb. when completed.
In addition to France, a number of Allied nations flew the Nieuport. It was built under license in Italy and Russia.
Over 7,200 Nieuport aircraft of all types were produced.
Balsa USA has a Nieuport kit. Its wingspan is 107 in. and length is 82 in. For power you will need
from 40 cc to 50 cc engines. Weight is around 28 lbs.
Arizona Model Aircrafters has NieuportMuseum Quality Kits with wingspans of 28 in., 55 in., 82 in. and 110 in.
E-flite has a Nieuport. Its wingspan is 34 1/2 in. and its length is 24 in. A 250 size brushless motor
is included with the 1/2 lb. model.
Powerline has a Nieuport. Wingspan is 38 in. and length is 25 1/2 in. Included is a brushless motor, ESC,
and servos. Weight is around 20 oz.
There is a Nieuport by 3 Sea Bees. Wingspan is 64 in. and length is 46 in. Power can come from .46 to .60
two cycle or .60 to .80 four cycle engines. The model can also be easily converted to motor power.
K&W Model airplanes has a Nieuport in kit or ARF. The kit is of museum quality. Both have a 65 in. wingspan
and 45 in. length. Engine choice is from .46 to .60 two stroke or .60 to .80 four stroke.
AMD Hobby has a Nieuport. Its wingspan is 22 1/2 in. and length is 15 3/4 in. Included is a motor.
Weight is just 9 oz.
Dare Hobbies has a kit of the Nieuport. Its wingspan is 68 in. and length is 48 in. A .53 to .64 four
cycle engine is recommended as power for the 6 3/4 lb. model.
Eureka Aircraft has plans and a kit for a Nieuport.
You can download plans from J.C. Wilkerson for the Nieuport with a 30 in. wingspan from rcmodell.hu. It is powered by a Speed 280 motor.
RCUniverse has some posts about a Nieuport from Fly Jumper. It has a 71 in. wingspan and length of 51". Weight is from 9 to 10 lbs. ready to fly.
Kit Cutters has plans and kits for the Nieuport with wingspans of 39 in., 52 in. and 78 in.
You can find plans for a gas powered Nieuport at the AMA Plans Service. It has a 54 in. wingspan. Plan number is 15529.