~ 1930’s Givejoy Toys Skybirds Model Of WW1 Nieuport Scout Fighter Aircraft ~
The Nieuport 11, often referred to as the Nieuport Scout, was a French fighter aircraft used during World War I. It played a significant role in the early years of the conflict and was one of the first purpose-built fighter aircraft. Here is a brief history of the Nieuport 11:
Development: The Nieuport 11 was designed by the French engineer Gustave Delage and was introduced in early 1916. It was developed as an improvement over the earlier Nieuport 10 and was designed specifically as a fighter aircraft, rather than a reconnaissance plane that had been adapted for combat.
Design: The Nieuport 11 was a small, single-seat biplane with a distinctive “sesquiplane” configuration, featuring a smaller lower wing. It had a lightweight wooden structure covered with fabric and was known for its agility and maneuverability. The aircraft was armed with a single synchronized 7.7mm Vickers machine gun that fired through the propeller arc.
Performance: The Nieuport 11 was powered by a variety of rotary engines, with the Le Rhône 9J being one of the most common. It had a top speed of around 110 mph (177 km/h) and was highly maneuverable, making it an effective dogfighter.
Operational Service: The Nieuport 11 quickly entered service with the French Air Service (Aéronautique Militaire) and was also adopted by other Allied air forces, including the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) of the British Empire and the Imperial Russian Air Service. It was used primarily for air-to-air combat, engaging in dogfights with German aircraft over the Western Front.
Successes: The Nieuport 11 gained a reputation for its effectiveness in combat. It was credited with shooting down numerous German aircraft and became a symbol of French aviation prowess in the early years of World War I. Aces such as Georges Guynemer and Charles Nungesser achieved many of their victories while flying Nieuport 11s.
Improvements: The Nieuport 11 was followed by the Nieuport 16 and Nieuport 17, which featured improvements in performance and armament. The Nieuport 17, in particular, was widely used and continued the success of the Nieuport series in combat.
Legacy: The Nieuport 11 and its successors played a crucial role in the development of fighter aircraft tactics and technology during World War I. They helped establish the concept of the fighter ace and contributed to the evolution of aerial warfare.
Retirement: As the war progressed, newer and more advanced fighter aircraft were introduced, and the Nieuport 11 was gradually phased out of frontline service. However, it remained in use for training and other secondary roles until after the war.
The Nieuport 11 is remembered as one of the pioneering fighter aircraft of World War I, known for its agility and combat effectiveness. It made a significant contribution to the early air battles of the conflict and helped shape the future of military aviation.
~ Dimensions ~
The model has a length of 9cm (3.5 inches) and a wingspan of 12 cm (4.75 inches).
~ Condition ~
The model is of wood construction, hand-painted and is nicely detailed.
It is in very good condition commensurate with age.