YouTube – Nieuport 11
1 x 7.7 mm.
19 ft. 1 in.
24 ft. 9 in.
Nieuport 11 aircraft 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 Nieuport 11 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.The tiny Nieuport 11 was neither a monoplane nor biplane. It fell into a class of 1 1/2 wing aircraft called sesquiplane. Its lower wing is less than half the area of the upper wing.
The Nieuport 11 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.
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.
RC Nieuport 11
The RC Nieuport 11 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 RC Nieuport 11 built from a kit by Proctor Enterprise has a wingspan of 61.25 in. Recommended engines are .70 – .80 four cycle.
The AMA has a number of RC Nieuport 11 plans. They have spans from 24 in. through 37 in. Although the plans show engine power, they can probably be adapted for motor power.