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1/3rd Classic Scale Tiger Moth -

A loooong one!

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Jez Harris 108/12/2014 04:39:29
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Hi all,

Well here I go again. Another big scale build. I must be addicted to cyano fumes or something or maybe I'm just certifiable..

This will be the build of all builds for me and when you see the kit contents I think you will understand why.

First of all here is a photo and the video that will be my inspiration..

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The photo and video is of a model that has been throught the hands of a couple of the Dawn Patrol. It was built in 1992 by modelling supremo Peter Neate.
 
When I first saw it I fell in love and spent a bit of time trying to buy one, but despite seing a few Practical Scale ones, I couldnt see anything that matched the quality of the Classic Scale one.
 
I had all but given up, but one day whilst sitting idly on another forum - actually reading the posts about the Moth above, someone posted the following "I have a Classic Scale kit for sale"....A KIT - A COMPLETE AND UNSTARTED KIT!!! - These are rarer than rocking horse droppings!
 
Without hesitation I bought it - £700 for a 20 year old kit...Had I gone mad??...
 
Well that was March 2013 - the kit has been staring at me for almost 2 years - The 1/3rd scale Mick Reeves Pup is finished, the 1/4 Scale Fokker Dviii is in the stages of the last bit of weathering, so there is no reason to put it off any longer...
 
Jez

 

Edited By Jez Harris 1 on 08/12/2014 04:57:48

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:05:49
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So...Just what on earth possessed me to cough uo £700 for a box of wood?

Well, there isnt actually too much wood - especially not much balsa...

There are mouldings - lots of them...

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And some more..Fuel tank.

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And more..

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And more..Close up here of the crash pads, dashboards and instruments - you cant tell from the picture but they look like leather.

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This marvellous lump is the exhaust system - or is it the engine mount?...No wait its both...specifically for a Zenoah 62.

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In its installed orientation..ish..

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Its like Christmas - most of these bits havent been unwrapped before!

Jez

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:12:00
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On to the other bits then..

Here is where it gets serious...Kits are either laser cut or Die-stamped/crushed or cut - yeah?

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Err no! - this is 100% hand cut!! and there are hundreds of pieces. - much of the kit is mirror ply so a lot of intricate work has gone into it.

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Like these ribs for the horizontal stabiliser......

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Jez.

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:22:19
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And there is also the teensy weensy matter of a bit of metal work...

Struts..Which you may think are just a few profiled brass tubes...moth 011.jpg

Some are but others are ready to go..moth 012.jpg

Then there is the undercarriage...

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The detail is stunning..

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2 different springs for shock absorbing and damping..

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The aluminium training edges are pre-bent for the rudder outline.

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Jez

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:25:48
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Lots and lots and lots of hardware and screws..

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Including - shock-horror- gasp...Wood screws..never built owt with them before!!

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Jez

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:34:27
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So - A bit more wood then!

All hand cut again..

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I cannot imagine the time this lot must have taken!

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Some ribs..

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The ribs slide onto the spars so all the little boxes must have taken a while.

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Plenty of dead straight spars and stuff.

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Even the hinge line for the elevators are pre-drilled to take robart pin hinges

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As are key points at the ends of the main spars..

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Getting near the bottom of the box now...Here is some ply for the deckings..

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Jez

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:44:28
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And then you come accross THE PACKAGE...

This is part of what makes this model unique - its what transforms a model into a replica in my opinion..

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Inside are 6 sheets of metal brackets, plates, fixings, etc that when folded up, soldered and screwed or bolted into place will reproduce every detail on a Tiger Moth...Some of these will be fully visible whilst others just sit under the covering creating the outline of the bracket throught the fabric.

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Aluminium too - note how the cowling side cheeks are cut ready for the hinges - not that 'hinges' are supplied - however you do get the pieces you need to build them....

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I think I will be learning a few new skills here..

Jez

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:46:40
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So - the instruction book then..

My guide.

My mentor.

My hope..

Dont you just love the 4th line down.....

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Jez

Jez Harris 108/12/2014 05:52:56
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Too be fair its not bad - there are some drawings of individual components and its reasonbly clear. I'm sure I will muck up at some point with this one though.

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How about the plans then.

Errr...some of them are a bit err..Ahem..Airfix?

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The rest are just....

Scary!!

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Nothing that taking my time, and reading things over and over and over again wont sort..

And when that fails there is always good old Mr Ian Redshaw - He has built a couple of these in his time so I think I will be alright..

Jez.

Edited By Jez Harris 1 on 08/12/2014 05:54:04

Jack Banner08/12/2014 05:54:48
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Now THAT is a kit.
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Reno Racer08/12/2014 06:49:06
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WOW!

That will be a satisfying build.

bert baker08/12/2014 07:38:16
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Cool, Subscribed.. one of my long term dreams.

I would photo copy the metal sheets,

Terry Walters08/12/2014 08:22:56
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Wow Jez that is some kit! Signed up and following. Can't beat a nice Tiger.

Terry

Tony Bennett08/12/2014 08:30:18
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definitely a WOW kit young man.

will enjoy seeing this one come together.

SR 7108/12/2014 09:05:31
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Now that is a kit, when you said £700 for a kit i thought ?~#'^ but that sir is worth every penny

Will follow this one with interest

Tony

Tomtom3908/12/2014 10:49:38
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Very much looking forward to seeing your build

Martyn K08/12/2014 11:49:31
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Wow

Looking forward to this one..

Martyn

reg shaw08/12/2014 12:33:57
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Jez, you are such a lucky blighter to find a kit for this fantastic model, or miniature replica. I would love another and might even be tempted to re acquire the model in the video! Chosen a scheme yet? My two were all built from the plan using the metal parts and mouldings. One thing that I would say is essential is on the bracketry for holding the wings on and other loaded ares like the u/c. When you get there, the bolts that hold the panels on need washers soldering onto the brackets. This makes the brackets last much longer and makes them 'servicable' in that you can simply take the washer off and solder on another. Just softy solder is best.

Jealous is not what I am, honest!!!

Ian.

Jez Harris 110/12/2014 00:23:54
563 forum posts
1380 photos

Oh My God...

What have I taken on!!

I have started with what I thought would be an easy bit - the horizontal stabiliser...

Lets just say its not a straight forward build!

Pictures tomorow.

Jez

Richard B (DB Sport and Scale Ltd)10/12/2014 01:47:43
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I'm more lurker than poster but crikey, if that doesn't make you break cover, I'm not sure what would. that is a work of art even before being built. best of luck, it will be a stunnersmiley

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