Model Airways Clerget 9B WWI Rotary Aircraft Engine Wood/Metal Kit, 1:16 Scale

Item #: 88989
Our Price $39.95
Our Price $39.95

Model Airways Clerget 9B WWI Rotary Aircraft Engine Wood/Metal Kit, 1:16 Scale

Clerget 9B air-cooled rotary engines powered the French Nieuport, the British Camel and many other famous WWI fighters. Rated at 130 hp during normal use, they could be pushed up to 135 hp in an emergency. An excellent weight-to-horsepower ratio created greater flexibility in locating the aircraft’s center of gravity, which improved maneuverability over the in-line engines of the time.

One drawback was a pronounced gyroscopic effect that pulled the aircraft to the right. To fly in a straight line, pilots had to compensate by applying constant left rudder. Like the earlier rotaries, the Clerget 9B spewed unburned castor oil from the exhaust. Pilots were issued small bottles of blackberry brandy to counteract the smoke’s unfortunate laxative effect.


  • Historically accurate, highly detailed metal model

  • Three laser cut basswood parts for propeller assembly

  • Cast Britannia metal & brass engine parts

  • Laser cut wooden engine stand

  • Clearly written illustrated instructions


    Height: 3-3/4”

    Propeller Diameter 6-1/4”

    Scale: 1:16 KIT NO. MS1031

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including Wood Dust which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to:

    Customer Reviews of This Item Average: 51Model Airways Clerget 9B WWI Rotary Aircraft Engine Kit

    Great model, does not take up a lot of space, great detail

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    A very nice model. Combination of wood and metal. The instructions are very good. Turned out great. It was missing 1 part (or I lost it) but very happy with the results. No special tools (you will need an exacto knife, super glue and paint - I only used flat black, steal and maple stain for the propeller)