Finally, the turn came to the assembly and painting of this Nieuport 24bis aircraft model. I wanted to assemble this model because I had in stock a very interesting and bright decal from PrintScale manufacturer.

Nieuport 24bis in 1:32 scale

Nieuport 24bis

Manufacturer: Roden

Cat. nr: 611

Scale: 1:32

plastic details, decal sheet, assembly guide.

Released: 2011

Nieuport 24bis Decals

Nieuport N.23/N.24 Part 2

Manufacturer: Print Scale

Cat. nr: 32-005

Scale: 1:32

decal sheet, assembly guide.


Nieuport 24bis in 1:32 scale by Roden | Details

The kit includes several frames with plastic parts, a decal sheet and assembly guide.

I decided to make a version of the fighter in the service of the Red Army Air Force:

  • Nieuport 24bis, 13th RAO “Kazanskoe”, Sokologornoe airfield, Northern Tauria, March 1920.

The devil sitting on a bottle of vodka and trying to grab a frightened crow! … I am sure that such an emblem will look very unusual and impressive! What do you think?

Perhaps it’s time to start assembling. Go!

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Cockpit Interior
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Cockpit Interior

Cockpit interior

The first step in building a model is the cockpit interior (assembly and painting). I had to sweat a little – the details don’t fit together very well. But with the help of a knife, file and sandpaper, everything fell into place.
The interior was painted with a brush with acrylic paints. Uff, i need a pause and coffee.

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Fuselage assembly
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Fuselage assembly

Fuselage, hood with engine, lower wings

Next is the fuselage assembly. Ardent greetings to the file and sandpaper.
In parallel, I am assembling the hood and the engine. Engine painted with a brush and acrylics – a layer of black, a layer of gun metal, and a dry brush with chrome. The upper parts of the cylinders had to be ground off with a file, since the assembled motor does not fit into the hood.

The lower wings had to be clipped at the junction with the fuselage, as their sweep turned out to be incorrect. After that, the wings were glued on and left to dry. Next, the joints are filled with acrylic filler…

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Engine and lower wing
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Engine and lower wing

Chassis and small things

The chassis came together pretty well. In addition, the hood with the engine was glued into its place, as well as various small things: struts under the rear fender, a footboard for the pilot.
Well, it seems like everything, I take an airbrush in my hands!

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Engine assembly
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Engine assembly
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Chassis assembly
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Chassis assembly
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Chassis assembly
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Chassis assembly

Priming & pre-shading

First, the model was primed and pre-shaded at the same time.
I painted the plane with an airbrush with a ‘One Shot’ black primer by Ammo of Mig Jimenez, after which volume was added with a ‘One Shot’ white primer also by Ammo of Mig Jimenez.

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Pre-shading with primers

Base color

After the primer was applied to the model, I left it to dry for 24 hours. After that I painted the model a basic gray with an airbrush. The tail of the plane is painted red with a flat brush. The hood was painted with Vallejo ‘aluminum metallic’.

And again – drying within 24 hours.

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Base color
Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Base color

Battle with decals

It’s time to start working with decals. I used additional decals from Printscale manufacturer.

Honestly, I ruined the first version of the decal (where the devil and the imp grab the plane). The decal has a very thin backing and when I tried to place it on the model, it just crumpled and torn. Perhaps it was necessary to cut this decal into smaller pieces and then try to place them on the plane. But I ruined everything!
Therefore, the second version of the decal went into work – the devil with a bottle of vodka grabbing a crow. Also a cool storyline!

I cut a decal from a sheet, soaked it in warm water for 15 seconds and carefully and slowly put the decal on the aircraft fuselage. After that, I removed the remnants of water drops with a cotton swab. And finally, with the help of a brush, I processed the installed decal with a special compound from Humbrol.

The same actions were performed on the other side of the fuselage.
And now we dry for 24 hours.

Nieuport 24bis | Step by Step | Decals

To be continued! Please, stay with us!

My impressions of the model during its assembly

My point of view may differ from the opinion of other modelers

Detailing level


Build process

1- hard | 100 - easy

Painting process


Final impressions

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Prototype brief reference

Aircraft in WWI often became obsolete, though having barely taken to the air. The fast pace of invention in aircraft design often led to nothing, and some ideas and developments became outmoded, which a year or two before had been considered as progressive and innovative. However, some design approaches, which might be considered simple in many respects, ensured not only great success for certain aircraft, but also a kind of rebirth in later types and variants.

One such aircraft was the Nieuport 17, which can undoubtedly be named among the ten most famous types of the Great War. Built in 1916 it became a real salvation for the Allies’ air arms and was built in large numbers. Later there appeared the Nieuport 17bis with a modified fuselage, and in the spring of 1917 the designer Gustav Delage developed the next new version of the fighter, the Nieuport 24. The fuselage gained a more rounded cross section in comparison with its predecessor and the wings were rounded at their tips. The horizontal and vertical tail surfaces were also very different from previous models, having a more rounded outline. A powerful 130-hp Le Rhone engine was installed in the plane.

However, in operational use it was quickly apparent that despite the aircraft’s improved flight characteristics, the plane had significant problems in control, because of faults in the tail assembly. Although it was elegant, testing proved it to be too fragile. The designers were persuaded to give up the ‘elegance’ of the aircraft in favor of the old but time-proven and battle-tested tail design, the same as in the Nieuport 17. This machine could not be considered a brand new type, and so it was designated the Nieuport 24bis. This modification process took until the summer of 1917, and then when the 24bis started to arrive in the combat units, it was found that its predecessor the Nieuport 17 had been completely dislodged by SPAD fighters. For the Nieuport 24bis a place was found mainly in training units, but many machines did appear at the front. The famous French ace Charles Nungesser flew a Nieuport 24bis in combat.
At this time the United States, which had just entered WWI, started organising their own Air Force from scratch, and they bought from the Allies all available types of aircraft to make up the complement of their air arm. France sold at least 140 Nieuport 24bis to the U.S., about a hundred Nieuport 24, and almost three hundred of the Nieuport 27. None of these several hundred planes saw combat, their fate until the end of the war limited to the training of future pilots. After the war many Nieuports were sold to private owners, while all other machines were sent for scrap.

Apart from France and the U.S., the Nieuport 24, 24bis and 27 were used to a limited degree by the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. A small amount were sent to Russia where they survived the October Revolution of 1917, and appeared in the ranks of the White as well as the Red Army. Several machines were used by the Air Forces of Poland, Japan and Romania.

Source: Roden
Photos: Wikipedia

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