Smer 1/48-scale DH. Tiger Moth
|REVIEWER:||George Oh and son|
|NOTES:||Stolen from my stash by my son when he was 7.|
The De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth needs no introduction to aero-modellers or aircraft enthusiasts.
Ever see the George Peppard movie “The Blue Max” (it differs a bit from the book)? I first saw it as a boy and bought the DVD last year. I still love the aircraft scenes (and a few others). It is obvious to an aircraft enthusiast that some of the aircraft are modified Tiger Moths, so (for fun) I resolved to build a few of them in model-form. Not wanting to spend a fortune on the project, I chose the Smer Tiger Moth as the base kit because of its size, low cost and availability. I bought 3.
afternoon, I took my family and in-laws to the
This is a basic kit with almost no cockpit detail and only fair detail. It had less than 30 parts moulded in chunky light-grey plastic. Dunno how it measures-up, because I build models – I don’t measure them, but the finished product looks like a Tiger Moth.
At this point, I decided that this was the perfect vehicle to use in an experiment. I had an idea for a method to rig a biplane and decided to try it on this, my son’s model. While he painted the struts and carbanes, I superglued the middle of a strand of EZ-Line into each of the sockets of the lower wing. Jason fitted the struts, then I dry-fitted the upper wing, squaring it up with coins and blocks. Next day, when it was dry, I removed the top wing, drew the EZ-Line over the tops of each adjacent strut or carbane, and secured it with more superglue. This is when I learnt that the EZ-Line need be only lightly tensioned – say 2-3% of its length.
OK, I had to attach the top wing to the tops of the struts, then the undercarriage leg assembly underneath. My son attached the unpainted wheels because he was anxious to complete it. Only now did I notice the lack of the two tiny clear windscreen pieces, so I cut some from a piece of thin clear rigid sheet and embedded them into grooves cut across the fuselage spine. Another one finished.
As I had surmised, this is a simple kit. Even a child can make it, and see a Tiger Moth. Dunno if my son learnt anything, but he certainly enjoyed the build. I enjoyed the father/son time and learnt about rigging. EZ-Line is great stuff as it is a fine elastic ribbon that is very forgiving of being bumped or snagged. The other members of our model club certainly thought that he had done an excellent job and they were equally surprised at his ability to discuss Tiger Moths, expound on how-I-built-it-with-Daddy’s-help and about when-I-saw-real-ones-of-these, but then, they are all middle aged (or better) and he and his sister are the only juniors in the club.
Just the instructions and the boxart.
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