The deHavilland D.H. 82 Tiger Moth was developed from the D.H. 60M Gipsy Moth. First flown in October of 1931, the D.H. 82 faced stiff competition to become the basic trainer for Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF). However, after the trials were held, the Tiger Moth emerged the clear winner, with 35 of the craft being ordered. More than 8,700 Tiger Moths were eventually manufactured, with approximately 4200going to the Royal Air Force, where it trained thousands of pilots for World War II service, and continued to serve the post-war RAF until1951. The main change from the Gipsy Moth to the DH Moth series was necessitated by a desire to improve access to the front cockpit since the training requirement specified that the front seat occupant had to be able to escape easily, especially when wearing a parachute. Access to the front cockpit of the Moth predecessors was restricted by the proximity of the aircraft's fuel tank directly above the front cockpit and the rear cabane struts for the upper wing. The solution adopted was to shift the upper wing forward but sweep the wings back to maintain the centre of lift. This made the Tiger Moth the RAF's first swept wing aircraft. Other changes included a strengthened structure,fold-down doors on both sides of the cockpit and a revised exhaust system. It was powered by a de Havilland Gipsy III 120 hp engine and first flew on 26 October 1931 with de Havilland Chief Test Pilot Hubert Broad at the controls. This kit was designed and is being manufactured by Toni Clark Practical Scale in Germany, one of the most prestigious companies in the industry. The carefully thought out rigging method allows the Tiger Moth to be put together in a matter of minutes. It only requires the servo cables to be plugged in and the wings pushed onto the dowels, the bottom wings first and four screws, top wings and another four screws and she is ready. The struts always stay attached to the wing rigging wires and these wires to the fuselage. No need for turnbuckles to be unscrewed or cables unclipped. This method has the advantage the trim settings do not alter. The flying characteristics of the Tiger Moth are absolutely scale. Like the fullsize she is easy, but not boring to fly. She has the size, weight and inertia to allow an inexperienced pilot to fly with ease and at the same time allow a really scale like flight pattern. Fit the Titan ZG 38SC with the Toni Clark reduction gear, tuned stainless steel silencer and carburettor bend and you will find the performance is unlimited, the stall turns and hammerheads are breathtaking. Landing with that 32" prop turning at a mere 500 rpm is an unforgettable experience for the pilot and spectators. Best of all is the wonderful sound, which can only be obtained with this combination of engine, gear ratio and propeller! Toni Clark has not compromised on his Tiger kit contents, this kit is complete down to the last nut and screw. You only have to buy the glue and covering to complete the airframe. The wood parts such as ribs and formers are CNC milled, fuselage sides are sanded to shape. All strip wood is carefully checked for quality. All metal and plastic parts are there in the box, rudder horns, tank wheels, spinner, instruments, oil tank, head guards in PU foam, formed windscreens. Epoxy/Glass motor cowl and top wing tank, preformed wire parts, Nylon covered rigging wire and wire for control surfaces, motor mount,spinner, the full size rolled plans and three view scale drawing. Check our homepage for details and pictures of the accessories we offer.

Scale

1 to 3.3

Wingspan

106.3 inches

Length

86.2 inches

Weight ca.

31 lbs+

Power

Zenoah G38 on geardrive


Kolm EZ50, Valach VM60

Price

US$ 925

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