The Nieuport 17

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Project by lab7654 posted 12-11-2012 12:56 PM 1098 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my US History class, we were handed a sheet with several project options. I immediately moved toward the model plane one. “Extra credit for handcrafted models”... you know what that meant. Here’s the result. For the most part, I just rough cut everything on the bandsaw and sanded the heck out of it. The body and wings are just 2×4s, with the body being 2 of them laminated together. I did this at my cabin shop of course, but when I brought it home, the pine cracked a little due to air temp/humidity changes. No big deal, I just dabbed a little glue in the cracks and sanded them clean. The propeller is cherry. The little wheels are just store bought, I don’t currently have a lathe to turn them myself. The most difficult part to the whole thing was gluing all of those pieces together.The most fun part was shaping and sanding the propeller. Hope you like it!

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 01:02 PM

Most times when we see something so well done like this, the first thing we think is “What kind of exotic woods did he use?”
And yet this was made from an old 2X4! All I can say is EXCELLENT!
I might have to turn out a few of these myself, got plenty of 2×4s in the shop. Thanks for the idea

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 03:39 PM

Very cool! I was guilty of doing the extra-credit models in school as well (way back in the 1950-60s). Enjoy, and keep up the modeling. I eventually ended up building model RC sailplanes when in my 40’s, so it CAN be a lifetime hobby for sure!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 03:53 PM

Way nice, :-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 04:53 PM

You captured the essence of the Nieuport without over complicating the model. Good work.

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 08:34 PM

Let me Congratulate you! You did an awesome work!

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#6 posted 12-11-2012 10:30 PM

My brother would love something like this! Great job!

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 03:41 AM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I would have liked to make this out of some nice maple, but i used what was on hand. Plus the sanding was relatively easy with some 80 grit. I’m starting to grow fond of working with 2×4’s… besides the jointing. Oh, and a sidenote, this is unfinished. I’m still debating on leaving it that way or just slapping a clear poly coat on it.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 11:41 AM

Looking good. I like it natural, but surprise us.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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