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Help With turnbuckles for neiuport 11/16
generalgrog
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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 11:37 PM UTC
Hi all,
First WW1 model and I am interested in the Lafayette escadrille. So I am working on the special hobby 1/32 neiuport 11, but will also be building 16's and 17's.

I have done some looking in the web at pictures of rigging, but it has been real tough. I found some good close ups of the side fuselodge turnbuckles, and also the front wire bracing for the landing gear. But am having trouble with the rest of it.

I would like to use the turnbuckles from Gaspatch, but don't know which ones to get.

Can someone help me out?

Thanks!!
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 09:33 PM UTC
Originals and replicas seem to use the "A, B & C" types. It depends on the location of the attachment. Lower fuselage or lower wing for the "A & B" types. The "C" types are more suited to the internal structures. Turnbuckles were located on the lower ends of the cables for ease of access. The upper ends were attached to simple loop / eye anchors.

The cover of Over the Front Vol.22, #4, 2008.



Guynemer's Ni. XI
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 09:37 PM UTC
See close ups here.
generalgrog
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 12:59 AM UTC
Hey thanks for the reply! That's a big help. In a lot of the B&W photos it appears that some of the turnbuckles have been wrapped? Am I right about that?

GG
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 08:40 AM UTC
The turnbuckles had to be adjusted or "tuned" on a regular basis. Not viable to wrap them. Maybe due to extreme wet weather? I would say generally, no.