With an accurate scale outline, flying wires, and factory-applied camouflage, Maxford’s Nieuport 28 is a convincing reproduction. Adding a coat of clear satin spray paint to the covering helps complete the illusion.
trim the airplane to my preference.
The total weight was slightly less than
38 ounces, roughly 4 ounces above the
advertised weight. However, that is not
cause for concern because wing loading,
power loading, and cube loading values
Although Scale purists may scoff at the
inauthentic tailwheel, it provides solid
ground handling on paved runways. On
takeoff, I gradually add power and a little
right rudder. Even so, the big, powerful
rudder and sticky foam tires will send
you slaloming down the runway if you
get heavy-handed on the controls. The
Nieuport is usually airborne by the time I
reach half throttle.
In the air, I like to pull back the power
and cruise around on the deck. The
ailerons and elevator are well matched to
give the airplane smooth response at this
I prefer to keep the aileron and elevator
set at the high-rate throws, with the
rudder at low rate. Rolls are slow enough
that you’ll need a little down-elevator
as you pass through inverted to keep
from losing altitude. Loops can be large
if you start with a slight dive. A hint of
right rudder will keep it tracking straight
through the first half of the loop.
Scale models of early aircraft often
inherit the unique personalities of their
full-scale namesakes. Such is true of the
Maxford USA Nieuport 28.
Watch a video of the
Nieuport taking to the skies in the
app and at www.ModelAviation.
It isn’t hard to build or fly, but
it demands attention to detail at the
workshop and the flying field. The payoff
is a superb-looking airplane with eye-catching detail and slow-flying charm.
You’ll soon find yourself diving out of the
sun while making machine gun noises and
pretending to wipe the castor oil from
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