So sorry to hear of your troubles with the Nieuport. I hate it when things like that happen--either to me or someone else. I read your blog entry--sounds like you really had a bigger issue with assembly, and if the assembly stage isn't sound, it is only going to make the rigging more difficult. I have found it helpful to try to sort out the fit issues between wings, struts, etc before applying glue. I know it can be challenging to dry fit such assemblies, but it is possible to do it in stages. For instance, check to see if the strut pins fit properly into their respective holes in the wings, fuselage, etc. Do they seat properly? Make whatever adjustments you need to make to insure the pins go all the way into the holes. If struts are angled, eyeball the angle while holding the strut in the hole--is it still seating properly? Once you have determined the struts are fitting into their corrseponding holes properly, then you can start thinking about applying some glue. I never attempt to glue and assemble the cabane struts and interplane struts simultaneously--that requires more than 2 hands to do! If any of the struts are of an "N" configuration, that simplifies things immensely--they are virtually self aligning and should be glued first--doesn't matter if they are cabane or interplane. The "N" strut automatically aligns itself fore and aft--all you have to worry about is the left-right alignment. That is often possible to do using just the calibrated Mk.I eyeball--or you can make a simple hand held jig from a piece of paper or light card. Sometimes the top wing itself can be used as an alignment jig. When you are satisfied that it is possible to align the struts, apply glue to just the end of the struts that connect to a fixed surface--ie, the fuselage in the case of cabane struts, or the previously attached lower wing in the case of the interplane struts. Apply the glue, true up the alignment, and let the glue dry thoroughly before moving on. Once that first set of struts is securely fastened, then it is possible to carefully glue the upper wing into position. Walk away and let the glue dry thoroughly. You will now have the upper wing attached securely to the model. It will be a rather delicate assembly because it is only attached through one set of struts. Carefully ease in the remaining struts, double check alignment and fit issues. Make any adjustments needed, then apply glue. Let the glue dry. Now that the upper wing is securely attached to the rest of the model you are ready to begin rigging.
IMHO, the easiest, quickest, most trouble free and effective way to rig is to use monofilament line glued into pre-drilled holes. In addition to being super easy, this method will add considerable strength to your completed model. You need to prepare for rigging with this technique before the model is fully assembled. I typically like to build the model up to the point where the lower wing, horizontal and vertical tail pieces are glued to the fuselage--now it is time to paint. Once painting is completed (and I will often add decals at this stage too), it is time to drill holes for the rigging. I like to use a number 79 or 80 drill bit chucked into a pin vise. Drill part way into the bottom of the upper wing, and all the way through the lower wing. Make sure the holes are drilled at an angle that matches the angle of the rigging. Once all the holes are drilled, go ahead and mount the upper wing as described in the above paragraph. Be very careful not to let glue foul your predrilled holes--it can be bear cleaning them out--DAMHIKT! BTW, it is usually easier to mount any inter-cabane rigging before the top wing is glued into position. When the wing/strut assembly is throughly dry, cut lengths of rigging about an inch or two longer than needed. Some guys try to make one length of line go through multiple holes. I never quite understood the value of doing that and found it makes the job a lot harder to do, so I just use one piece of line for each straight line run. Run your lines through the predrilled holes--for instance, run the forward flying wires that go from the root of the lower wing up to the top of the interplane struts. While using a tweezer to hold the end of the line into the partially drilled hole in the bottom of the top wing adjacent to the interplane strut, use a small piece of wire, tooth pick or other tool to place a tiny drop of super glue on the end of the line where it enters the wing. Capillary action will whisk the glue into the hole and almost instantly glue the line to the wing. I like to wait a bit to be sure it is secure. Go ahead and glue all the lines into the bottom of the top wing using the same method. Once the glue has a little time to cure, now you can start gluing the ends of the lines where they pass through the bottom wing. A slight amount of weight will pull the line taught--I like using miniature locking forceps for weight, but I have heard of others using clothes pegs or locking tweezers. Once you have the lines taught, apply tiny drops of super glue. Give the glue time to cure, then use a razor or sharp scalpel blade to trim the excess line away. Touch up with paint and you are done!
I have used other methods such as steel wire, stretched sprue, etc, and IMHO they are MUCH more difficult than the above described method.
Good luck, be patient, and I predict you will be amazed to find how truly easy rigging actually is.
PS--I used the "N" strut example above because it is the easiest to deal with--"N" struts are self aligning fore and aft and they can't twist. Vee struts are the second easiest--they are pretty much self aligning, but you have to be much more careful with them because they can twist and/or rock fore and aft, causing problems with angle of incidence and the fit of cabane struts. It is usually best to glue Vee struts to the top wing--that way they are as self aligning as "N" struts. Single, individual struts are the hardest to align because they are free to move along all axes--but all strut types can be dealt with by making simple jigs from paper or lightweight card. For example, here is a picture of a simple card jig I made for aligning the interplane struts on the Eduard Camel. Jigs are your friends, and the time it takes to make them is repaid in ease of assembly.