Nieuport 28 Fighter 1/20 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built FFN28TE Desktop Model. This 1/20 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 12.75 inches and a length of 16 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
The Nieuport 28 (N.28C-1) was a French biplane fighter aircraft flown during World War I, built by Nieuport and designed by Gustave Delage. Its principle claim to fame is that it was the first aircraft to see service with an American fighter squadron.
By the middle of 1917 it was obvious that the Nieuport 17 was unable to cope with the latest German fighters, and that direct developments of the 17, such as the Nieuport 24bis. were unable to offer a substantially improved performance. In fact, the Nieuport was already being rapidly replaced in French service with the SPAD S.VII.
The Nieuport 28 design was an attempt to adapt the concept of the lightly built, highly maneuverable rotary engined fighter typified by the 17 to the more demanding conditions of the times. It was designed to carry an up-to-date armament of twin synchronized machine guns, had a more powerful engine, and a new wing structure for the first time a Nieuport biplane was fitted with conventional two spar wings, top and bottom, in place of the sesquiplane v-strut layout of earlier Nieuport types. The tail units design closely followed that of the Nieuport 27, but the fuselage was much finer, in fact it was so narrow that the machine guns had to be offset to the left.