|NOTES:||Resin with acetate for windows|
A substantially modified version of the single, unnamed D.H.80, the D.H.80A Puss Moth was de Havilland's answer to customer demand for cabin comfort and an end to the traditional flying clothes for themselves and their ladies.
The fuselage casting is in one piece, solid aft of the cockpit, with a separate engine nacelle. No pesky fuselage joint to clean up. The cockpit parts include the pilots seat and a bench for the two passengers. There is a control stick, rudder bar and an instrument panel.
There are a large number of struts to make up the wing support, the undercarriage and the cockpit roof framing. The instructions call for several pieces of wire to be added to the framework but no measurements are given.
The piece of clear card is intended for the cabin windows, made up of numerous small panels. The instructions suggest using Clearfix as an alternative. Either way some careful masking will be needed.
A number of extra parts are present, some small bombs, alternate smaller wheels and a pair of skis. These are to cater for some of the other boxings of the kit, which differ only in decals and painting.
The instructions are a single A4 sheet, clearly printed in Czech and quaint English, a colour profile and plan on one side, a short history, a parts layout and an exploded diagram for showing construction on the other. There are two prints of the same photo of the kit subject, and an additional photo detailing the strut arrangement. It's needed, there is a complicated strut assembly supporting the wings, and the construction diagram is less than clear and wrong in detail. I anticipate a bit of trouble getting this all together. There is a colour chart with references to generic names, AGAMA and Humbrol numbers, but no reference apart from the profile as to what goes where.
The decals are for a single aircraft G-ABBS, in silver, red and blue, which was
in the Prince of Wales flying club. The registration letters for the sides of
the aircraft are printed with a blue and red background, nice enough, but it
means matching two colours or lots of trimming.
A.J. Jackson, British Civil Aircraft 1919-1972: Volume II. Putnam, London, 1973.
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