Millenium Moth (oz12985)

 

Millenium Moth (oz12985) by Albert E Hatfull from Aeromodeller 2000 - plan thumbnail

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Millenium Moth. Rubber sport cabin model.

Quote: "Millenium Moth. Albert Hatfull's brand new design. Build this charming mini-vintage model, in the late 30's style. Full size plan.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER: Albert Hatfull, famed designer of so many Keil Kraft kits, was born in September 1926 in North London. He began aeromodelling at the age of nine, being fascinated by all aspects of designs the world of aircraft. This led to building a series of flying scale kits, mainly by Megow and Lindberg. This early experience gave him the love of flying scale models, which has remained with him ever since.

He and friends formed a model club with flying sessions on the local Lea Marshes. Albert built an impressive number of models including 'Pacific Ace', 'Cloudhopper', 'Burd Korda' and 'Cloudcraft Commander'. The club eventually merged with the famous Northern Heights MAC and by the end of 1939 Albert was flying his own designs, one of which was Felix (oz1639) the free plan in Aeromodeller Dec 1999.

During WWII, he was commissioned by Eddie Keil to design a glider kit. Albert produced the 'Invader' - a KK favourite ever since.This was the beginning of an association which was to last throughout the Forties and Fifties. It produced such classics as the 'Junior 60', the 'Senator', the 'Orion' - almost all the range of small flying scale kits, and many others. He also designed large flying scale models. A range of ten was intended but only three were produced. Aside from his Keil Kraft work, Albert designed kits for Elite and Worcraft. He also produced plans for Aeromodeller' and 'Model Aircraft' including the 'President' and 'Penny Rocket'.

Today Albert and his wife Jean live in quiet retirement in EastAnglia. He does not enjoy the best of health, but is cheerful, nevertheless. If asked, he will express mild astonishment that so many of his designs are still built and flown, but will say that he is very pleased if they have brought pleasure to a lot of fellow enthusiasts. That was always the intention. Following the success of the 'Felix' plan last year, Albert has followed it up with the 'MILLENNIUM MOTH'. Thanks again, Albert.

BUILDING THE MOTH: Just like the Felix, the Moth is easy to build. The longeruns should be fairly hard and matched to avoid a banana shaped fuselage. The undercarriage should be installed after the fuselage build, glued to former 2 and bound to the fuselage side uprights. The wing and tail are identical to Felix, so if you have already built a set, you can interchange the fuselages - but my advice is build a complete model - and fly them both!

Millennium Moth and Felix are both cracking flyers and very easy to trim - Bill Morley's prototype flew straight from his hand, went straight up and, unlike many small models, actually GLIDES!"

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