There are a few aircraft in the history of powered flight that truly deserve to be called "classic" and the DH 82a Tiger Moth is certainly one of these, with over 8,800 being produced and around 500 still being flown today.
The prototype DH82 first flew in 1931, having been developed from the earlier DH60 "Gypsy Moth" by changing to an inverted engine to allow a better forward view and incorporating the distinctive swept wings to enable easier escape by parachute from the forward cockpit at the request of the Royal Air Force, who were to use the Tiger Moth as a basic trainer throughout WW2 and retired it from service in 1959.
Further development by adding the larger Gypsy Major 130 bhp engine and a plywood rear decking resulted in the DH82 being re-designated the DH82a which is the Tiger Moth that we all know and love today!
Our DH82a Tiger Moth is to approximately 1:6.4 scale and is a laser cut balsa kit for modellers that enjoy crafting their models the traditional way, savouring the time taken to build a model from a kit, but with the bonus of having had all of the balsa and plywood parts intricately laser cut for you.
A few modern touches have been incorporated into this kit to make life easier and make a stronger model, such as carbon fiber tube wing leading edges and joiners. Carbon composite material has also been used for the interplane and cabane struts to give maximum strength and durability in these areas as well as allowing for greater accuracy while building this classic airframe.
A comprehensive hardware pack is included, as is a welded wire undercarriage, scale sized wheels and a molded glass fiber cowling.
The interlocking nature of the kit parts dispense with the need for a plan and require only a flat building board to produce a straight and true airframe.
Basic, 4 channel radio is all that is required to fly the Tiger Moth which, like its full-sized counterpart is easy to fly, but more of a challenge to fly really well using coordinated ailerons and rudder - all part of the timeless pleasure of flying a classic biplane!
Power requirements for the model are quite modest, a 3548 or 4240 7~800kv outrunner turning a scale sized 12" propeller will be more than adequate on a 3/4 cell LiPoly pack. Alternatively, the model can be built for IC power using a 7.5~10cc glow or gas engine mounted inverted within the cowling (a 4-stroke would sound perfect!)
With over 8,000 original examples to choose between from every continent on the planet it should be a very pleasant problem to find a color scheme to follow!
Flying weight: 2.2~2.8kg
Wing loading: 16~19 Oz/ft2
Motor: 3548 or 4240 7~800kv
Servo: 4 x park sized servos
Battery: 3/4S 4000mAh-6000mAh
Frame/ PNF/ RTF(mm)
Got this 'on offer'. Overall pretty good. Must do's - turn the wing tips around the other way, they are wrong as designed, this will call for some mods to the ailerons but not insurmountable. Put in the half ribs ( 72 of them !!! ) and capping strips to all other ribs. Make or modify a new undercarriage, the one supplied is about 50% too big and smaller wheels ! you need to have some experiance for this kit but the lazer cutting is good . there are even some spare bits ( I dont know why), use these ( 5mm balsa ) for the half ribs.Read the reports on RC groups, lots of info there.I ordered my Moth on Wednesday afternoon, it arrived safe and sound on Friday after just two days from the Netherlands! It´s a pleasure to build for experienced modelers, the best kit I ever had. I assembled the fuselage without any issue or problem on the first evening. I think, everything is already written here about the high quality and worth of this kit. I would buy it again at once. Five stars for all, thanks HK!Arrived well double boxed ... no damage.
Wheels are well oversized and suggest replace with 2.75" or 3" at most.
Laser cutting is good but some areas where Lite-Ply is harder - the cut needs easing with a knife.
This kit is not for the starter to construct - it needs an experienced hand at it as there are no written instructions. The manual is a photo sequence.
I have cut out over 70 riblets to add to wings leading section to fill in the empty areas between ribs ... to avoid covering sag and give better scale appearance.
Note the manual in the kit is NOT same as the manual uploaded by others - that must be an older version. I have tried uploading latest manual ... in two parts as its too big for server.
For a full build break down - RC Groups : https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2450345-Try-to-build-Tiger-Moth-Balsa-kit
Overall .. I am still building - but for the money appears not a bad deal.Not for anyone this kit..is a little tricky to put together considering it has a small instruction manual. .but if you know how to build a kit its fairly easy..all parts are very precisely laser cut..its not exactly true scale but its a very nice example once finished. .fitted a asp 61 4 stroke and 4.6kg corona servos to it..done in sky blue with bright silver wings and tail..looks great..hope it flys as well as it looks..a great plane from hobbyking. .recommended for someone who likes to build. .Not for true scale enthusiasts, even as `sport scale it`s somewhat lacking. The two main problems are the wingtips are the wrong way round (obvious from the photo and can be reversed when building) and the U/C and wheels are way too big. There are other problems but nothing that can`t be overcome with a bit of ingenuity. One other point is that this model is mainly constructed from ply with very little balsa, and is consequently quite heavy so leaves little leeway for scale `tweaks`. All in all it`s OK for the price.
I bought this tiger moth about 2 1/2 months ago and Im 3/4 done everything fits perfectly
a flat sound suface to keep it true during the glueing/setting period is essencial dry fit first and
the glue it together for more info photos forum rcgroups .com has lots to offer without it your lost Im making a build video and Ill post it as soon as Im finnished, overall Im really pleased with this balsa kit ,...my first attempt..Id make another one good value
The kit is an amazing value. 61$! The laser cutting is extremely accurate. You do have to supply pushrods,control horns,and a few nuts bolts and screws but anyone buying this kit is probably a seasoned builder and should not hesitate to build this plane. The only question I have is on the incidence of the wings but the angles seem to be locked in through the laser cut parts and look about right. I'm using an e-flite 32, Turnigy 60 amp esc, hitec hs-82 servos and a 13/7 prop.
Overall a good kit.
The positives: Most of the parts fit very closely.
The airframe seems very strong. It is mostly plywood, not balsa.
Can be built with nitro or electric power.
Simple to construct if you pay attention and dry-fit ALL of the parts.
Lots of scrap is left over - good size pieces.
Some confusing parts (extras. parts that aren't used)
Poor placement of identification numbers on a few parts. (cut new ones out of scrap)
Landing gear fastening is poor. Revise this by cutting the frame into the fuselage.
Missing some screws.
Wire bracing is poorly done. Find some small turnbuckles and make some metal or carbon fastening points instead.It's a really impressive kit, unpacking shows good quality of balsa, parts fit likely well, much better than I experienced from other brands, superior value for the money, keep in mind it's a huge bird. Some building experience is necessary, it's not a model for absolute beginners, the others will have a lot of fun. Missing building instructions are not a real issue as it is more a 3d puzzle then an oldfashioned building kit.This kit was delivered on the 2nd day after I placed my order. It arrived in perfect condition and is made of excellent-quality materials. I have not yet assembled it so I do not know how well this model will fly, but I must say: I am VERY pleased with HK's fast service and with the quality of every part of this kit. THANK YOU H-K!
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