Airco DH5 (oz4262)


Airco DH5 (oz4262) by CM Milford 1965 - plan thumbnail

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Airco D.H.5. Free flight scale WWI biplane model for .5 - 1 cc engines. Scale is 1/12.

Quote: "KIT MILFORD has been fascinated for years by the D.H.5 with its unique backstagger and classic de H. tail shape. The Aircraft Described feature in the April 1963 Aeromodeller finally set him off, especially as he hadn't then seen the statement in the March issue that it was considered a difficult subject! Perhaps for this reason it has proved perfectly straightforward despite using scale tail areas and dihedral.

The structure was designed on the principle that scale models have a hard life and should be built to last. Hard balsa is used throughout, with silk or nylon covering: dress snaps for assembly, and no
rubber bands except for the correctly bunjee-sprung undercart. Scale rib spacing gives the wings that true World War I character. All this adds up to a really tough model which yet only weighs 10-1/2 oz (with a heavy engine), with a modest 7 oz/sq ft loading.

Stability is quite adequate with the scale tailplane, but a larger version is shown for those who want to play safe, glide trim would be a bit less sensitive with this. Under power the model is very docile, its chief peculiarity is that downthrust merely spoils the take off while having very little effect on the flight pattern. We put this down to the short nose moment plus the heavy downwash from that rearward top wing..."

Quote: "Attached are scans from the Oct 1965 Aero Modeller re the de Havilland dh5. I scanned the article at 300 dpi and the plan at 1200 dpi. The plan in the magazine is 1/5th full size".

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Airco DH5 (oz4262) by CM Milford 1965 - model pic

  • (oz4262)
    Airco DH5
    by CM Milford
    from Aeromodeller
    October 1965 
    26in span
    Scale IC F/F Biplane Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 21/04/2013
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    Credit*: bjrn
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