Copper State Models 1/32 Nieuport XVII

By Masaki Tsuda

This was my first Copper State Models kit, and I found it excellent. Compared to Wingnut Wings, I think the mold is a little less sharp, but the reproduction of the internal structure is better than WNW. The fitting is perfect, although assembly is somewhat difficult due to the delicacy of the parts. The instructions are also very clear.

The decals are based on the Italian top ace Francesco Baracca, which CSM sells separately. The horse is famous as it became the Ferrari emblem. The silver dope color is something delicate. We want it not too silver, not too gray. It is basically 2x Aluminum + 1x pale gray. This recipe is based on the instruction of the Wingnut Wings Pfalz D.IIIa. I specifically used Mr. Metal color MC218 Aluminium + Mr. Color 35 IJN GRAY, but I don't know the exact ratio I used as it was decided by my feeling. You can adjust it to your preference!

This is my first time building a Nieuport, and I found I like the lightweight look.

I hope you all enjoy it too.

© Masaki Tsuda 2023

Related Content

This article was published on Thursday, April 13 2023; Last modified on Sunday, April 16 2023