Tiger Moth (oz3003)


Tiger Moth (oz3003) by Stan Cole 1982 - plan thumbnail

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Tiger Moth. Free flight scale model for CO2 power. Scale is 1/20.

Quote: "A superb 18 inch span flying scale model for CO2 power units. DH Tiger Moth, by Stan Cole.

Not another Tiger Moth! Well, for me there could never be too many but sadly, many of the type I have seen modelled, whilst the shape is there, somehow the feel and character of this beautiful thoroughbred seems to be missing. As a 'Tigerholic' I have built several 'Tiggies' over the years with hopeful improvements incorporated in this design.

With no great pains taken, the finished model 'weighed-in' at 2oz and in flight was ridiculously stable. With your Tiger cruising lazily in left hand circles on a balmy summer evening - when seasoned 'Radio boys' put down their transmitters to stroll over asking all sorts of questions as to 'how does it fly like that?' will be reward enough for your labours.

Fuselage: Start by building fuselage sides flat on the plan together with 'warren girder' interbraces. Select medium hard stock for the main top and bottom full length 3/32 x 1/16 in longerons, build another fuselage side on top of the first and split with razor blade when dry.

In the plan view the Tiger fuselage has three straight changes of profile - one at former B, one at former C and one in front of the fin (see plan). Carefully crack fuselage sides at these points LH and RH before adding 3/32 and 1/16 in cross braces, followed by top deck formers A to G. Next add the 1/16 in sq spine and cover top deck with 1/32 sheet.

Bind on undercarriage and add 1/16 x 1/15 cross braces; next add motor mount with gussets (balsa cement) and cement in securely (PVA white is used for general construction). Now fit motor and tank assembly (I used a Telco) and build motor access hatch..."

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Please find attached a couple of photos of a model I have built, loosely based on a plan you have just added. I built it from the original magazine plan, btw, not your scan, but I still loved to see it become part of your DB. The fuselage structure more or less follows the plan, but all flying surfaces (wings and tail) were made out of hot moulded Depron, in a process I developed, using hot (nearly boiling) water and an aluminium tube jig. The colour scheme is from the Portuguese AF, and represents the aircraft flown by a friend of mine about 60 years ago, when he was the CFI of one of our training Air Bases. John Stennard, from QEFI, was kind enough to publish a report about it on his column a couple of months back, and so did Mr Friedstadt, from RCMW, an on-line magazine in the USA. This is strictly an Indoor model as, at a wingspan of circa 19", it is really too small for outdoor flying. I used Depron wings because I came to the conclusion that the model would fly slower, and would also be lighter, with these, rather than with the original balsa ones (that I built too, just in case. The flying weight is 53g, for a wing loading of 8.8g/dm2 (1.9oz - 2.9oz/sq ft), and the motor is the Kyosho Minium Edge. I have flown so much with it that the motor simply wore out... I replaced it a 4-Site motor (a straight swap) as described on RC Groups. i have not tested it after the replacement yet, but based on my rev counter, it is better than new (the 4-site motor being more powerful than the Edge one). Not that the model needs all that power, mind you - in fact, it looks better slowly flying... You can see it flying in here, if you so wish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPlkKvSEweA&feature=relmfu
Arnaldo - 08/06/2012
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