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    Got to do something whilst I am 'shielded' and confined to barracks, so built another, extensively modified from a much simpler rubber powered kit.
    The electric powered Tiger Moth is 18" (460 mm) span, has 3 channel micro radio squeaked in, and weighs 49 grammes (1 3/4 oz)
    One day I'll get to fly it.

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    Oh that is very cool! Lovely job. It must be driving you nuts not being able to fly it.
    Structures uninformed by geometry tend towards the ramshackle.

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    Very nice.
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    Very nice indeed.
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    That's really nice! Great job!
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    Fantastic. And the aeroplane my Dad first soloed in!

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    It's very beautiful well done. Someday .....

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    Wow, that is a nice job! One of these days I'll build one.
    I built a Piper Cub rubber band powered one when I was a young teenager but now need to move up to electric.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    1/20th scale? 3oz per square foot wing loading? Sounds bang on the money!

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    Nice job

    I built a gas powered, control line model bi-plane from balsa when I was 11. I painted the whole thing orange. Nothing at all like the detailed finish yours possesses.

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    Absolutely superb detailed work! Bravo!

    I made a glider when I was a lad, balsa with tissue paper doped over the fuselage and wings. Same technique?

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    fun!

    what level of finished parts in the kit?

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    Laser cut balsa parts, but I only used the outlines. The ribs are doubled in number, and are different- one spar omitted, scale spacing etc. Also the fuselage is built up rather than sheet sides.
    Plastic bits in the kit are limited to the propeller and nose bush- the wheels are laminated balsa. I turned mine using a small drill as a lathe, and emery sticks. The kit does include a rubber motor and the glue; you have to make your own waterslide transfers (decals) though.
    The kit was from the Vintage Model Co- good kits, and a lot of reproductions of classic early stick and tissue kits.
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    Well done!

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    I found myself down a Gypsy Moth rabbit hole and decided to see if there was one for sale. There is, at a mere 90,000. But on the auction site I found this howler

    The Gipsy Moth was the aircraft in which many of the great aviation pioneers, Sir Francis Chichester and Amy Johnson among them, made aeronautical history in the 1920s and 1930s.

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23595/lot/146/
    Structures uninformed by geometry tend towards the ramshackle.

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    ^Yeah, I like the big one too!

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    Very nicely done. I saw this one the other day on a video and the low speed indoor electric flying really blew me away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    I found myself down a Gypsy Moth rabbit hole and decided to see if there was one for sale. There is, at a mere 90,000. But on the auction site I found this howler

    The Gipsy Moth was the aircraft in which many of the great aviation pioneers, Sir Francis Chichester and Amy Johnson among them, made aeronautical history in the 1920s and 1930s.

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23595/lot/146/
    Howler?
    Chichester had a Gypsy Moth aircraft, and flew it to Japan.
    His yachts were called after it- Gypsy Moth 2, etc.

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    Way back when Boeing Field used to have an air show, there was a group of 4 or 5 Tiger Moths that would fly down from BC. The owners would actually let folks touch their airplanes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Howler? Chichester had a Gypsy Moth aircraft, and flew it to Japan. His yachts were called after it- Gypsy Moth 2, etc.
    Oops sorry, egg on face time, I really didn't know that. I must read a proper biography, I've only seen a documentary about his sailing exploits and I don't think that fact was mentioned. Maybe I missed it.
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    Veddy nize...
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    It's something I'd like to do on winter evenings when I've run out of other projects, maybe next winter, or the one after...

    I found a site with a whole heap of plans (2 pages worth when searching Tiger Moths alone, up to 70" span), I quite fancy trying to scrath build, rubber band motor first, maybe try electric RC in time.

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    I like the dashing and cool posture of the pilot.
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    Lovely model Birlinn!

    I remember building a rubber band powered plane when I was a kid. When Dad wasn't around I got over enthusiastic about winding up the rubber for more power and pulled the band anchoring pin forward through the model. An early lesson in materials strength and performance!
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    And the next project- started about 25 years ago, and retrieved from the attic.
    Now ready for covering- I think the Hurricane will be in 303 Polish Squadron markings.
    No radio for this one- still free flight rubber powered, 28" span.
    PS: just realised I need to fit the sheet to take the motor peg.

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    Great thread! Very impressive.
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    I think it's great to have a hobby where you can build beautiful aircraft that fly. If you fly them like I used to you can count on re-kitting the finished model at regular intervals--a complete circle of fun...

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    I was thinking the same - my 'flyers' had a high mortality rate, in the day! I'd be extremely reluctant to fly the OP model!
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    Thirty years ago, back in the days of 27MHz (and that's yer lot) I was a keen R/C slope soarer along with a few of my colleagues from work. We flew well. Landings? Not so hot. Carl, bless him, got around this problem by turning up one day with two gliders. "When I break one, I can fly the other" was his reasoning. We nodded. It was a good idea, we thought. Until, that is, ten minutes later: on the wide open field above our favorite soaring slope, he crashed glider #1 directly into glider #2, rendering them both matchwood.

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    I did start at an early age- me and my kid sister, 71 years ago.
    A KeilKraft Fairey Junior; the kit cost 3s 6d.
    The first model I built that flew.

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    Hurricane now finished, but turned out heavier than I wanted. All that paint, plus a lot of nose-weight needed.
    The markings are indeed the Battle of Britain 303 Squadron, and the pilot of RF-F was Witold Urbanowicz, the Polish ace who went on to be a pilot with the Flying Tigers in China.
    He survived the war, and died, aged 88, in New York.

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    You are so talented. I love all your model making threads!
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    Beautiful model. Amazingly light. Electric is the way to go now. Can’t wait to see a video of it flying.
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    I made catapult launched gliders as a kid as well as sailing model boats. My cousin made control line models culminating in a pulse jet model that finally 'got away'. These days he and his wife own and fly in an aerobatic tream two CT4' Also a Piper Cherokee on the hire line and a 2 seater Yak 15. He also is qualified to certify ex and reproduction military aircraft, like an RE8 recently built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Bradshaw View Post
    Very nicely done. I saw this one the other day on a video and the low speed indoor electric flying really blew me away.

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