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Copper State Nieuport 17
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM UTC
Hi all

A stunning surprise landed out of the blue today on the Isle of Wight! Copper State's gorgeous new 1:32 Nieuport 17:



I truly wasn't expecting this, so I'll start off with a huge thank-you to Edgar at CSM!

First inspection shows the kit is every bit as exciting as we've all hoped - so, along with an in-box review that will follow shortly, I can't resist getting stuck in with a full-build!

I'm up to my neck at Oxfam, plus I have a book to write, but this kit just looks that irresistible! So, work permitting, more very soon...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 02:06 PM UTC
Looking forward to this one Rowan . Still waiting for my to arrive in the mail .



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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 03:33 PM UTC
Sweet!
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 04:16 PM UTC
Sweet. I've only heard good things about them.

So ironic that with as much time as I spend in Phoenix, I did not know of CSM until several years ago.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 - 11:35 AM UTC
I picked mine up (Late version) at the IPMS Nats and if the plastic parts were in a WNW box, no one would doubt otherwise that it was a WNW kit...it is that good!

Gary
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 09:14 AM UTC
Hi Gary

I quite agree - this is an absolute gem in terms of detail.

No pics yet, but I made a start on the build today after getting the "First Look" Review safely posted.

All's going well - I'd just caution that some of the interior parts are very delicate, so cleaning up the sprue attachments does require real care. It's not a job for anyone who's impatient or heavy-handed.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 10:43 AM UTC
Rowan, this looks like a great kit— but I have to ask some questions— the Nieuport 17 had an oil tank just to the rear of the engine— I see a provision for the filler tank cap in the cowling, but no tank on the sprue shots— is one provided? Also, those two flanges on top of the cowling were actually there because that section was removable to allow the cowling to swing down and clear the prop. As such, they should have a line of retaining bolts along the flange line, but I can’t tell if those are there from the photos. Other than those items, this looks like a fantastic kit! Thanks for posting!
VR, Russ
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 11:49 AM UTC
Hi Russ

Yes - the oil tank is provided OK (it was actually the first part I fitted today) and, as you say, its filler spout lines up with the hole in the cowling.

Looking at period photos, I see what you mean about the bolts on the flanges. They're absent in the kit, but I think it would take a very complex mould to create them. Thanks for the heads-up about them - I'll add them using a punch and die when I get to that stage.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 06:39 PM UTC
Rowan,
I did a complete rebuild of the Academy/Hobbycraft/Italeri (all the same kit, just in different boxes) several years back that appears as a feature over on Large Scale Planes. I did quite a bit of research on the Nieuport 17 series, and found some good photos on line of one that had been exported to the US back in 1917. They show the top part of the cowling as a separate removable part. Which has a flange that mates up with a flange on the lower part of the cowling with bolt heads. I replicated mine with Archer fine transfer "rivets". This looks like a great kit. There should also be a fuel filler cap right behind or near the oil filler cap on the fuselage side too-- I don't see it in the kit, but it's probably there. This kit looks like it "fixes" many of the shortcomings of the previously mentioned Academy molds, I'll be watching your build with interest. Not sure I want to take on another Nieuport as I've built 4 in the last ten years, but your build of this nice looking kit may convince me otherwise!
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, December 07, 2018 - 09:47 AM UTC
Hi again Russ

Copper State have moulded an opening in the top-decking that lines up with the spout for the kit's fuel tank.

After my previous post it occurred to me that using fine-tip technical drawing pen might work to depict the bolts - or, as you say, rivet decals. I probably will try the punch & die trick for the extra depth to approximate the look of the surrounding rivets on the cowling.

All the best

Rowan