Chief among these is that, to fool the eye, they
will have to look exactly like a full-size airplane.
To help do this, they will need to have dirty,
well-worn airframes, with the scale markings
from the Lafayette Escadrille pilots. ;e ailerons
for the Nieuport are actuated by torque tubes
A scratch-built 1/3-scale Nieuport 11 grows in my shop. In the foreground is the starboard upper wing panel,
with torque tube built into the wing structure. In the background, the fuselage is taking shape. In the far distance,
our Le Rhône rotary is on the test stand. To see progress of these models, visit Dawn Patrol RC on Facebook.
and bellcranks, and the rudder and elevators all
have pull-pull cables, just like their big siblings.
;e other important factor that is driving the
airplanes’ construction is the FPV component.
Everything the camera sees drives the construction details. For example, the inside of the
windscreen has to be exactly scale, as does
the underside of the top wing, which will be
detailed with closely spaced rib stitching. Also
important is what we don’t want you to see: No
servos, receivers, etc., can be visible; it all must
be hidden from view. ;e batteries (one set for
the engine, one for the servos, and one for the
sound module) are all up against the firewall or
hidden by the dummy fuel tank.
Another aspect of the project is to use FPV-equipped camera drones. ;ese will be used to
capture authentic-looking air-to-air footage
to be included with the footage shot from our
FPV-equipped RC WW I aircraft.
Sponsorships and funding continue to be
sought for the film. Some model companies
have generously donated or discounted
parts and equipment. Hitec, Williams Bros,
IFly Tailies, and Benedini sound modules
have all contributed. We are halfway through
production, and the target completion date
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