I've had quite of few hours learning how to fly the Nieuport 11 stably and confidently, and I've made enormous progress. I am able to land consistently time and time again without crashing. However, very rarely are these "beautiful" landings.
What I mean is this: Take a look at these videos of authentic Nieuport 11s landing:
1. http://wrightpatrol....t/FlytheN11.htm (Click the "Good landing" link on the right.)
2. https://www.youtube....h?v=C7XcneXDmVw (The landing commences at 3:47.)
Each of these landings is gentle and not jarring at all, and, obviously, the machines are completely undamaged.
But for me these kinds of gentle landings are not reproducible on a consistent basis. I almost always seem to bounce, and when I watch the video replays it looks like if I were really in the plane, I'd be seriously shaken up. Also, - most definitely because of the gyroscopic forces of the rotary engine - my machine always leans to the left as I land and, at the worst of times, my bottom left wing gets slightly damaged. (This happens less often now, but even when it's not damaged, the video replays show that it was a hairsbreadth away from damage.)
I've figured out how to throttle up a little while applying slight right rudder to stop my plane from swerving after I land, but I just can't seem to land without bouncing or dangerously leaning to the left.
I think I lot of new pilots to Rise of Flight probably visit that wonderful New Wings Virtual Flight School (http://newwingstraining.net/news.php) to get a few tips on how to land. But I have to admit that even the video provided for landing the Nieuport 11 shows a bounce (not too severe, mind you) that I think a 1916 flight instructor might frown upon.
Of course, in real life at this time, a flight instructor would have carefully shown me what to do a few times in a dual control craft, and after that would have provided me with a lot of immediate and direct feedback to help me as I attempted to land, but, unfortuantely, this isn't possible, and I have to flounder around on my own discovering these things.