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Glyn4421/12/2015 20:39:54
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Hi,

I fancy building a a Tiger Moth from a kit/plan. I would prefer 50" min wing span, with electric power train. I hoped that someone might suggest a nice one, and where to purchase etc.

Thanks in advance, Glyn.

Robin Colbourne21/12/2015 21:00:12
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Kits-wise keep a look out for an unbuilt Pilot Kits Tiger Moth, 47" wingspan. I test flew one with an OS20 two stroke in it, for the builder, and once trimmed it was a nice flier. You would need to set up a search on auction sites for one though and expect to find a few others bidding as they are nice kits.

This is what you are looking for: **LINK**

Plan preview here: http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=3522

Plans include Gordon Whitehead's which you can preview here: **LINK**

The plan for the Phil Smith's Veron 50" Tiger Moth are or were available from his son Colin at: csmithbmth@gmail.com

There are several more on Outerzone mostly around 44" span

 

 

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G194021/12/2015 21:27:01
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How about this one from DB? 48" ws for electric power. Or if that's a touch too small this one is 58" ws and I've converted one to ep but still not test flown because of the weather

Geoff

Edited By Geoff Sleath on 21/12/2015 21:29:18

Percy Verance21/12/2015 22:44:37
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I'd certainly recommend the DB 58 inch version. The kit is now superbly lazer cut, and the kit producer occasionally frequents this forum.......

D B Sport & Scale is where you need to be Glyn.......

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 21/12/2015 22:52:39

Toni Reynaud22/12/2015 07:02:54
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There's one at HobbyKing that might do.

Jez Harris 122/12/2015 09:38:24
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Hi Glyn.

I have a lovely aerotech kit if ur interested.

66 inch span.

Jez

Glyn4422/12/2015 12:01:35
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Thanks Guys that's fantastic. I'm perusing all the options now. Will post my choice when I have made it.

Thanks again, Glyn.

pete startup22/12/2015 13:08:25
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http://www.rbckits.com/shop/tiger-moth-p878.html

This looks a nice one and is available from Sussex Model Centre if a little bit smaller than you want but ticks all the other boxes.

If your going to build a Tiger it has to have open structure with riblets - sorry DB.

Percy Verance22/12/2015 14:07:54
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pete startup

You've obviously not heard about the DB Moth/Tiger Moth kits riblet mod then? wink

It appeared in RCM&E many moons ago......... makes quite a difference to the end result, and isn't difficult to do.

 

 

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John Lee22/12/2015 14:32:53
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Posted by pete startup on 22/12/2015 13:08:25:

http://www.rbckits.com/shop/tiger-moth-p878.html

This looks a nice one and is available from Sussex Model Centre if a little bit smaller than you want but ticks all the other boxes.

If your going to build a Tiger it has to have open structure with riblets - sorry DB.

I've got one of these and it's at the covering stage. The kit has beautifully CNC cut parts that fit precisely but there are no instructions and it's impossible to build as per the photo sequence and plan that's in the kit.

EG take a look at the 4th & 5th photo in the link. The 4th has the top decking in place. The 5th shows the cross bracing wires for the cabine going from the top rear through the center of the decking. The plan shows these wires need to be fixed to the bulkhead under the decking. It can't be done this way. A triumph of CAD design that has not been properly tested.

There are other gotcha's so only tackle if you have some experience and be prepared to do some redesign on the way. This is my 5th or 6th Tiger & I've struggled.

Manish Chandrayan22/12/2015 15:28:49
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Glyn

If you want to go the plan built route I highly recommend Gordon's design. Meant for ic but should not be problem converting to electric

G194022/12/2015 15:30:33
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Posted by pete startup on 22/12/2015 13:08:25:

http://www.rbckits.com/shop/tiger-moth-p878.html

This looks a nice one and is available from Sussex Model Centre if a little bit smaller than you want but ticks all the other boxes.

If your going to build a Tiger it has to have open structure with riblets - sorry DB.

I'm almost certain the DB Moths do have riblets as standard. I got mine given to me part built so I never saw the original kit but I got a drawing from DB and there are riblets shown and they're on my wings. I almost wish there weren't because I've been putting off doing the simulated rib stitching for days and all I have to do is the top wing riblets

Geoff

Manish Chandrayan22/12/2015 15:52:17
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The 40 size DB Tiger do have the riblets, can not comment on the smaller one, if it helps in any way.

Gordon's 48 size moth has a method shown on the plans for riblets, these are lightweight and will simulate the riblets well. The method can be applied to any size.

Richard B (DB Sport and Scale Ltd)22/12/2015 16:22:03
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I do indeed lurk around here occasionally, thanks Percy although I'd hesitate to put it in the frequent category angel

Not that it looks like I need to (thanks chaps), but I can confirm the larger Tiger Moth has riblets. The smaller one doesn't but they are shown on the plan as options and mentioned in the instructions in case preferred over the front sheeting.

Glyn4422/12/2015 19:55:29
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I have to admit I've no idea what rib lets are, or do. Google says I can eat them! Please help, and enlighten me as I might decide I like them.

Percy Verance22/12/2015 20:08:54
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Glyn

The riblets (no gap between the words) are small part ribs between each full rib along the wing leading edge. Full size Moths don't have leading edge sheeting, and the riblets maintain the shape of the leading edge. I suspect they add to the rigidity of the forward structure of the wing too, but don't hold me to it.

Richard

The RCM&E riblet mod appeared long before you took the helm at D B Sport & Scale. At a guess it must have been 20 years ago. 

 

 

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Glyn4422/12/2015 20:45:42
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Thank you Percy

Peter Miller22/12/2015 21:07:10
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One of our club members recently built the larger DB Tiger Moth. IT flew like a dream.

One poing. Do sand off the char from the lazer cutting!!

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services22/12/2015 21:39:02
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If the discolouration (spelling?) is just on the Golden Brown colour it shouldn't be a problem, if it is any darker than this then yes it will need sanding, as the laser would have been travelling too slowly and scorched the wood and sealed the surface in effect, but if it is just the golden colour then all should be fine as the surface hasn't been sealed and glue penetration should still be good.

I have seen both the Pup and the SE5a by DB and neither showed any signs of scorching and went together perfectly. I don't know the Tiggie kits by him, but would guess they are just as good and worth every penny.

Percy Verance22/12/2015 22:09:24
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They are indeed Dylan..... yes   I've now built two of the 40 size Cirrus Moth, the first was 25 years ago (the one in my header pic, which was pre Eddie & Judy and not lazer cut) and a later Eddie produced kit. The difference in quality was astonishing. 

I still have the D B Tiger Moth kit to do..........

I never looked upon any slight charring as an issue personally. I just built the model with aliphatic and it stuck!

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 22/12/2015 22:25:13

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