De Havilland DH-2 (oz3305)


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DH 2. Radio control scale model of the WWI British fighter. For .60 engine.

Quote: "Exciting scale project of World War I fighter-bomber that will gladden the heart of any true aficionado. Plane has all of the necessary ingredients.

Like most models I have built, the D.H.2 had been in my mind for several years before 1 got around to building it. I chose it because it is different from the usual run of airplanes and fairly easy to build. Also, unlike the Gun Bus (F.E.8), it has only one cockpit and no skids on the main undercarriage. Although there is not to my knowledge an actual D.H.2 in existence, there is an F.E.8 at the Hendon Museum, and this airplane would give you a lot of pointers on construction, rigging and other small brackets and fixings. Also the Imperial War Museum, Kensington, has some very good photos of D.H.2 's, and Profile Publication No. 91 is very helpful.

I like to build models as big as practically possible (they always fly better), so 2-1/4in=1ft was chosen to enable me to just get the model in my estate car without stripping it down. I slipped up somewhere though; I measured the inside of the car and not the doorway, so I still have to strip it down, but this only takes a few minutes. When I go to my local flying field I carry the model on the roof of my car with my son holding the undercarriage through the sunroof, but we can only drive up to 20 mph, then the model wants to fly, and the singing of the wires at 15 mph is marvellous to hear.

Most of the construction is of hardwood with white glue joints. I have tried to keep as nearly as possible to scale with construction and the materials. The tail plane and rudder do tend to warp. I expect they also did on the full-size aircraft. But if you do not cover them too tightly, you can get away with it..."

Update 8/12/2016: Added article, thanks to RFJ.

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The model pic is from an excellent build thread by DCflyer on the DH2 at: which although it ends unhappily, has some beautiful pics along the way.
SteveWMD - 10/09/2012
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