Carousel 1 AirCraft 6142
Nieuport Nieuport 11 Bebe Diecast Model
Aviatori d'Italia 70a Squadrigilia, Francesco Baracca, Udine, Italy, 1916
|1:48 Scale|| ||Length|| ||Width|
|Nieuport Nieuport 11 Bebe|| ||4.75"|| ||6.25"|
Francesco Baracca remains the greatest hero of Italian military aviation. He entered Italy's Scuolo Militaire in 1907 and began flight training in 1912. Italy declared war on Austria on 19 May 1915, and in July Baracca was posted to the 8a Squadriglia . They flew Nieuport 10 two-seaters, but Baracca's efforts to shoot down Austrian airplanes were spoiled by frequent machine gun jams. In December Baracca's unit was re-designated the 1a Squadriglia , and they received Nieuport 11's in February 1916. Baracca's first victory came on 7 April 1917 when he forced down an Australian Hansa-Brandenberg, wounding its two-man crew. On 15 April 1916 the squadron was re-designated the 70a Squadriglia. Baracca's second victory came against an Austrian Lohner over Gorizia on 23 April 1916. His third victory, a Hansa-Bradenberg , came on August 23rd. On 13 September Baracca led his squadron in escorting Italian Caproni bombers attacking on Trieste. He scored again on 16 September , shooting down an Austrian Lloyd. His fifth victory and last of 1916, another Hansa-Bradenberg , came on 25 November over Valle del Chiarzo'. After landing, Baracca had a prancing horse painted on the fuselage sides of his Nieuport 11, in tribute to his former cavalry regiment, Piedmont Real, which had prancing horse emblem. In December 1916 the Squadriglia received faster Nieuport 17's, but they were used for only a few months before SPAD 7's arrived in March 1917. On 1 May the 70a was re-designated yet again to become the 91a. As the great 10 Battle of Isonzo began, Baracca became a double ace on 10 May 1917. He had become the leading ace of Italy and received many decorations and enormous public adulation. But Baracca remained a modest , sensitive man who did his duty, compassionate not only to his squadron mates, but also to his defeated enemies. Many pilots enjoyed meeting captured enemy airmen before they were sent to prisoner of war camps. Alone among the famous aces, Baracca continued to visit wounded victims in hospitals, encouraging them and writing their families. In September 1917 Baracca received the first SPAD 13 supplied to Italy, but he also continued to fly SPAD 7's. On 19 June 1918 Baracca was killed by a single bullet, apparently fired by Austrian infantry while he was strafing near the banks of the Piave.
First flown in 1914, the Nieuport 11 Bebe (Baby) was a militarized version of a French competition aircraft, which possessed the performance and maneuverability inherent in a racing platform. The Nieuport 11 biplane design—with its fixed two-wheel undercarriage, biplane wings, open-air cockpit and front-mounted 80 horsepower Le Rhone 9C rotary piston engine—allowed it to outmaneuver German aircraft. Armed with a single 7.7mm Lewis machine gun mounted to the top wing assembly, the aircraft was primed to turn pilots into aces. Variants were streamlined with improved horsepower and additional wing bracing.
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Carousel's 1:48 scale Nieuport 11s capture the elegant styling of this sesquiplane (one-and-a-half-wings) biplane with a full size top wing and narrower cord lower wing. Both wings feature simulated stretched fabric covering. Fine gauge wire is used to recreate the structurally significant bracing wires found between the wings and landing gear, and an exceptional amount of this wire is also used for the control surface rigging. Additional details include a beautifully simulated wood propeller and engine with cylinder head detail, which spin freely and in unison. A detailed Lewis machine gun and simulated braced wooden "Vee" interplane struts and tail skid complete the model.
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The Carousel 1 "AirCraft" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft. Carousel 1 have an excellent reputation for producing superbly accurate diecast models of racing cars and their "AirCraft" range is worthy of the same praise. Aircraft in the Carousel 1 AirCraft range are carefully researched and reproduced with a level of detail that is unmatched by most other manufacturers in this scale.
Carousel 1 "AirCraft" diecast airplanes feature:
- Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
- Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
- Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
- Interchangeable extended/retracted metal landing gear with rotating wheels and rubber tires.
- Extremely detailed cockpit interiors with glazed instruments.
- Detailed removable pilot figures.
- Spinning metal propellers.
- Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.
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