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Article and flight video by Terry Dunn.
Fly Eddie Rickenbacker's French fighter.
Full review on page 55 in the August 2013 issue of Model Aviation and the app.


SPECIFICATIONS:
Model type: Electric semiscale ARF
Wingspan: 40 inches
Wing Area: 326 square inches; 2.3 square feet
Length: 33 inches
Radio: Futaba 7C 2.4 GHz transmitter; Futaba R617FS receiver; three Futaba S3114 micro servos.
Minimal Flying Area: Club field
Price: $155.99 for laser-cut ARF; $14.99 for optional detail package (windshield frame, wheel covers, cockpit coming, stall horn, air intake tube, 1/8-scale WWI pilot)
Components Needed To Complete: building supplies; four-channel radio with three micro servos; 250- to 300-watt electric power system.
Power System: Uranus 28309 outrunner brushless motor; APC 9 x 6E propeller; Uranus 25-amp ESC; ElectriFly 3S 2200 mAh 30C LiPo battery
Duration: 8-plus minutes
Flying Weight: 37.9 ounces
Wing Loading: 16.7 ounce per square foot
Wing Cube Loading: 11.1
Full Throttle Power: 24 amps; 268 watts; 8.6 watts per ounce; 113 watts per pound; 9,660 rpm


Pluses:
• Well built.
• Nice scale features.
• Looks great in the air.


Minuses:
• Assembly manual is not up to date.
• Pushrod lengths are not adjustable.








The motor mount can be assembled to accommodate a variety of motors. The Uranus 28309 I used works well, as does the Uranus 25-amp ESC mounted below it. Note the motor leads, which are routed behind the motor.







I used a small countersink bit in my hand drill to remove material from the tailwheel bracket and improve its fit.







Adding V-bends to the aileron pushrods allows for precision adjustment of their individual lengths.







The 40-inch wingspan Nieuport 28 has an impressive list of detail features, which is unusual for a model this size.







With an accurate scale outline, flying wires, and factory-applied camouflage, Maxford’s Nieuport 28 is a convincing reproduction. Adding a coat of satin, clear spray paint to the covering helps to complete the illusion.






8 comments

This one looks quite good but unless the wings come off my looking will be from a distance. Your discription of the instructions match my past experience with Maxford as I purchased a well turned out Sopwith Pup from them a couple of years back and while what was done was quite good what was not was a total lack of usable instructions. The kit came with an assembled balsa and fabric frame and an as of yet unreadable CDROM. One of their employees was supposed to get back to me with assistance or at least with the equiptment needed to read the CD. Never Happened. Have a very pretty shelf queen with no balance info or the process for adjusting the pull-pull cables for the rudder and elevator. Hope they have become better at updates, the work done was very good but the follow up stunk!

I very much dislike music in flight videos. I'd rather hear the pilot and onlooker comments, sound of the plane's prop and motor and even wind noise.
Watching it fly, you can tell it is not "... on the large end of the park-flyer range..." as Terry Dunn stated in his article. It doesn't fit the AMA definition of park flyer.

Ken: I fully agree with you about the music. If they are going to have music, please have it at the intro and the ending. During the video itself, it is very distracting.

I have a rock solid Sopwith Pup from Maxford, may want to add this to my collection. Looks great.

I have to disagree on some videos, my son flies his helicopters to music all the time, then he takes my video and re-syncs the music back to the flight so everyone else can see and hear what he did during the flight. The music fits the flight because he was flying to the music originally. On the other hand I do like to hear the sound of the engine, wind and nature especially with planes.

How cool, above the plane video. A new dimension.

Keep it up Terry.

I also wanted to say that the aerial photography was awesome! I would like to know what aircraft/camera was used for those segments. Very stable and high quality imaging. First rate!!!

DJI Phantom with a GoPro camera.
http://www.modelaviation.com/djiphantom

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