£32.99

Tiger Moth - Flying Scale Model Aircraft Kit

£32.99
Regular price £32.99

De Havilland Tiger Moth - The Aircraft That Gave Churchill's Few Their Wings

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.

The RAF began using the aircraft in 1932 and it was not replaced until 1952, meaning the vast majority of RAF and Commonwealth pilots that served in the Second World War, first took to the air in a Tiger Moth.

Nearly 9000 Tiger Moths were built and many were sold as surplus after the war with the result that a great number survive to this day in the hands of pleasure flight companies and within a community of dedicated enthusiasts.

The Kit

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.

Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".

This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.

Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor.

These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.

Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.

Wingspan 18".

Suitable for age 14+.

Box Includes:

  • 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 the screens
  • Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
  • Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
  • One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
  • Rubber motor strip.
  • Tissue to cover the model.
  • Parts reference sheets (W), full size summary plan sheets (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

Dispatch & Deliveries
 
We aim to dispatch all orders the same or next day.  There might be the odd occasion when we take longer than this, but we will e-mail you to let you know if this is going to happen, and the reason why.

For standard UK deliveries we use Royal Mail's 48 hour delivery service. We also offer the option to upgrade to First Class Delivery or Special Next Day Delivery (weekday deliveries only). Larger and multiple items are sent by courier.  Alternatively, if you wish to collect yourself, or have other collection means in operation, then we can accommodate this.  
 
For deliveries outside the UK we use Royal Mail's International Service for smaller items, which again has proved reliable and speedy (this service incurs a 2kg weight limit). When an order is over 2kg we send via Fedex who offer an exceptional service and rates.   Deliveries to Europe normally take around 2 to 5 days, whilst the rest of the world takes up to 2-7 days.

Our shipping rates are as follows:   

 

UK 2nd Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg FREE
UK 1st Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £2.00
UK Special Delivery (Next Day)* 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £6.95
UK Medium Parcel 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £5.00
UK Heavy Goods 5.1 kg - 10.00 kg £10.00 

 UK Very Heavy Goods                                          10.1 kg - 20.00 kg               £15.00

 * For Next Day Special Delivery please place order before 11am (maximum weight of 2.00kg).

 

Europe Small Goods 0.00 kg - 1.00 kg £3.50 GBP
Europe Small Parcel Rate 1.1 kg - 2.00 kg £4.50 GBP
Europe Large Parcel Rate 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £8.00 GBP
International Shipments (Large) 5.1 kg - 9.0 kg £20.00 GBP

 

Smaller Parcel International Rate 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £8.00 GBP
Small Parcel International 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £14.00 GBP

 

 

This charge will be added to your order at checkout and payment

Returns
We want you to be happy with each and every purchase you make from Liberty Trading, but we do understand that on occasions an item may be unsuitable or you may simply change your mind. Therefore, we offer a 30 day 'no quibble' returns policy. 

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the original packaging and in the same condition that you received it. 

To start your return, please email sales@libertytrading.co.uk. 

Please send any returns to: Liberty Trading, Returns Department, 3 Norman Court, Albion Road, Carlton Industrial Estate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 3TE, UK.

You will be responsible for paying for your own postage costs for returning your item. Return postage costs are non-refundable. Only damaged/faulty items will have the return postage cost refunded.

Refunds
Once your return is received and inspected, If you are approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 10 days of receipt of the goods back by us.

Exchanges 
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at sales@libertytrading.co.uk and send your item back to us for an exchange.


 

 

De Havilland Tiger Moth - The Aircraft That Gave Churchill's Few Their Wings

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.

The RAF began using the aircraft in 1932 and it was not replaced until 1952, meaning the vast majority of RAF and Commonwealth pilots that served in the Second World War, first took to the air in a Tiger Moth.

Nearly 9000 Tiger Moths were built and many were sold as surplus after the war with the result that a great number survive to this day in the hands of pleasure flight companies and within a community of dedicated enthusiasts.

The Kit

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.

Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".

This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.

Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor.

These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.

Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.

Wingspan 18".

Suitable for age 14+.

Box Includes:

  • 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 the screens
  • Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
  • Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
  • One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
  • Rubber motor strip.
  • Tissue to cover the model.
  • Parts reference sheets (W), full size summary plan sheets (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

Dispatch & Deliveries
 
We aim to dispatch all orders the same or next day.  There might be the odd occasion when we take longer than this, but we will e-mail you to let you know if this is going to happen, and the reason why.

For standard UK deliveries we use Royal Mail's 48 hour delivery service. We also offer the option to upgrade to First Class Delivery or Special Next Day Delivery (weekday deliveries only). Larger and multiple items are sent by courier.  Alternatively, if you wish to collect yourself, or have other collection means in operation, then we can accommodate this.  
 
For deliveries outside the UK we use Royal Mail's International Service for smaller items, which again has proved reliable and speedy (this service incurs a 2kg weight limit). When an order is over 2kg we send via Fedex who offer an exceptional service and rates.   Deliveries to Europe normally take around 2 to 5 days, whilst the rest of the world takes up to 2-7 days.

Our shipping rates are as follows:   

 

UK 2nd Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg FREE
UK 1st Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £2.00
UK Special Delivery (Next Day)* 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £6.95
UK Medium Parcel 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £5.00
UK Heavy Goods 5.1 kg - 10.00 kg £10.00 

 UK Very Heavy Goods                                          10.1 kg - 20.00 kg               £15.00

 * For Next Day Special Delivery please place order before 11am (maximum weight of 2.00kg).

 

Europe Small Goods 0.00 kg - 1.00 kg £3.50 GBP
Europe Small Parcel Rate 1.1 kg - 2.00 kg £4.50 GBP
Europe Large Parcel Rate 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £8.00 GBP
International Shipments (Large) 5.1 kg - 9.0 kg £20.00 GBP

 

Smaller Parcel International Rate 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £8.00 GBP
Small Parcel International 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £14.00 GBP

 

 

This charge will be added to your order at checkout and payment

Returns
We want you to be happy with each and every purchase you make from Liberty Trading, but we do understand that on occasions an item may be unsuitable or you may simply change your mind. Therefore, we offer a 30 day 'no quibble' returns policy. 

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the original packaging and in the same condition that you received it. 

To start your return, please email sales@libertytrading.co.uk. 

Please send any returns to: Liberty Trading, Returns Department, 3 Norman Court, Albion Road, Carlton Industrial Estate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 3TE, UK.

You will be responsible for paying for your own postage costs for returning your item. Return postage costs are non-refundable. Only damaged/faulty items will have the return postage cost refunded.

Refunds
Once your return is received and inspected, If you are approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 10 days of receipt of the goods back by us.

Exchanges 
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at sales@libertytrading.co.uk and send your item back to us for an exchange.


 

 

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