1/48 Nieuport 28c1 WWI French BiPlane Fighter


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1/48 Nieuport 28c1 WWI French BiPlane Fighter

Amongst all of the Nieuport fighters that fought during WWI, the Nieuport 28C1 significantly differed from all of its predecessors. This aircraft is still considered one the most elegant fighters of that time.
 At the end of 1917, the Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Nieuport continued work on improving the Nieuport 24 and Nieuport 25 types, the most recent successors of the excellent Nieuport 11 Bebe of 1916. All of the Nieuport 28's predecessors were sesquiplanes rather than classic biplanes, due to the fact that their lower wing was considerably smaller than the upper one, both in wing span and chord. In November 1918 the comparative test flights of four new prototypes took place. The results showed that the machine with the new wing design of classic biplane type offered the best performance. Both wings had elliptical tips in plan view, and the upper wing was slightly dihedral from the front. The fighter had a 160 hp engine, the Gnome-Rhone Monosoupape 9N, and was armed with two Vickers guns, installed on the fuselage (one in the center, another one at the port side).

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