Nieuport 28

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This model is based on the old Revell kit.  It depict one of the Nieuport 28 C.1 flown by the 94th Aero Squadron in May 1918.

I've a lot of fun building it.  Basically the forms an dimensions of the Revell kit are good despite a few inaccuracies and a lot of refinement, due to its age.  I just have been to scratch the entire cockpit comprising the seat and its basket, scratch completely the engine (more than 150 pieces, each cylinder including 17 parts), reshaped and refined the cowling, sanded all flying surfaces and rebuilt each rib with fine strips of plastic ( as Alberto Casirati).  The cockpit coaming was sanded and rebuilt with Milliput.  Each struts was carved in bamboo and the undercarriage was redone with Strutz parts.

I painted this model with Vallejo acrylics and varnished it before the application of decals.  Struts are tinted with a mix of Tamyia clear orange (I added a bit of clear green for a more brownish hue) and Johnson Clear.  I made an attempt to highlight the ribs with pastels but I'm not satisfied with the result.  Cockade decals are provided with the kit, but I repainted the blue for a more accurate hue.  The triangles on the nose are handmade using a clear decal sheet painted in black and, using a gentle sanding, I left little bits of red here and there to simulate the flaking of the paint, mainly on the edges of the cowling appertures

As usually now, I used fishing lines of 0.08 mm (about 3 thou.) to rig my model. I simulate spacers to the double lines with a micro drop of cyanocrylate painted in black.

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