Building the Nieuport 16 Eduard 1/48 scale

by Walter Silva  © 2008 Modeler Site

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This Eduard kit can be compared with any Tamiya or Hasegawa release, dimensions of scale model are accurate if you take as reference the scale plans from Windsock Datafile Special "Nieuport Fighters Volume 1". It’s important to mention the detailed El Rhone engine and the three-piece figure the kit provides, something that can be used in dioramas.


The Nieuport 11, often nicknamed “Bebe” (Baby) due to its small dimensions, was a French World War I single seat fighter aircraft, designed by Gustave Delage. It was a scaled down version of the Nieuport 10 two seater and is famous as one of the aircraft that ended the Fokker Scourge of 1915.

Used by the British and French to counter the Fokker E.III, the Nieuport 11 was disadvantaged by its lack of a synchronized machine gun. It remained in service on the Western Front until 1916 and in Italy until the summer of 1917 when it was substituted by the Nieuport 16 which was essentially a Nieuport 11 airframe powered by the Le Rhone 9J 110 hp (82 kW) engine. Visible differences included a pilot headrest and fairing behind the cockpit. British Type 16's also had their Lewis machine guns mounted on a British designed Foster mounting on the top wing.

It saw service until 1917 with the French, British and Belgian squadrons while the “Bebe” was then relegated to training.


I started by preparing both fuselage halves for the interior paint, drilled the holes where the rudder control and elevators wires cross and to anchor the rigging material. I also drilled the semicircle to cover the hole inside on the footrest with thin sheet aluminum.

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