In the early 1930s the British Air Ministry issued a specification for a new trainer aircraft for the RAF. The RAF themselves were quite keen on the DH.60 Gypsy Moth due to its excellent handling characteristics and low running costs, but it fell short of the specification due to the position of the wings relative to the front cockpit which did not allow the pilot to easily bail out. Determined to win the order, de Havilland took a Gypsy Moth aside and had the top wings moved forward to meet the specification. However, this resulted in the balance of the aircraft being affected, so both sets of wings were swept back and when that wasn't quite enough, the top wings were swept back a little further. It then became clear that the sweep had reduced the ground clearance of the lower wings and so the inter-plane struts were shortened and the dihedral of the bottom wing increased. Whether by accident or design, all of these changes made the DH.82 Tiger Moth an excellent training aircraft - often summarised by the phrase "easy to fly, but difficult to fly well". This meant that it was safe in the hands of a novice but helped instructors weed out weaker pilots. This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a DH.82A Tiger Moth. The kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete the suggested authentic scheme of a yellow Royal Australian Air Force Tiger Moth. This is a simple but striking scheme, but you can decide to do your own favourite or more complicated scheme if you wish. This particular aircraft was privately imported into Australia in 1936 and pressed into service for the RAAF at the Temora Elementary Flying Training School in 1940. Having left service after the war, it was eventually donated to the Temora Aviation museum where it is now based.
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Wingspan - 18" (460mm)
Four balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood. PVA glue for building the wooden frames. One 150mm diameter plastic propeller. One pre-bent motor hook and shaft. Small Piece of acetate sheet for screen. Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels. One vacuum formed canopy and spinner. Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs. One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick). Rubber motor strip. Two plastic strawsTissue to cover the model. Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.