September 28, 2023


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1938 Design Flies Once more! – Mannequin Airplane Information

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1938 Design Flies Again!

Revealed within the June, 1938 subject of Mannequin Airplane Information, Herbert Okay. Weiss’s sub-Peanut-scale Nieuport 161 is a free-flight copy of the prototype French fighter produced in 1935. The design is receiving renewed curiosity due to its inclusion within the Flying Aces Membership ( January 2023 publication. Constructed by publication editor Michael Kelly, the brand new mannequin differs from the plan with a detachable nostril block, a extra ahead rubber motor peg to assist with stability, and extra tissue anchors to make overlaying simpler. The Nieuport is roofed with silver Esaki tissue with inkjet-printed tissue markings; it weighs 8.9 grams ready-to-fly with a 1.8g rubber motor. Kelly writes that it was a quick construct, taking only a week from chopping the primary items to its first flight.
He provides, “Flight trimming went fairly easily. It flies surprisingly properly outside for such a tiny plane; by the top of the primary flying day it was giving dependable 40 to 50 second flights.”
The Nieuport is the primary in a sequence of Weiss’s free-flight designs revealed in Mannequin Airplane Information that shall be featured in future Flying Ace Membership newsletters.

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