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Paul Brown

Airfix 1/48 DH 82a Tiger Moth (A04104)

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I recently acquired this kit, I've not seen much said about it so I thought I'd do a quick 'in-box'. Over the years a state-of-the-art 1/48 has been something akin to a search for the Holy Grail. There have been other kits, most notably John Adams' Aeroclub effort, but that is now scarcer than hen's teeth. I would suggest this kit more than fulfills the hopes of modellers looking for something that would really do the subject matter justice. The parts are beautifully moulded, very scaleish and delicate (in some cases too delicate, if you look carefully you can see a broken cabane in the pictures). Ribbing is perhaps a little over emphasised, but personally it suits me and should be fine under paint and decals. The decals are superb, even if I weren't a fan of the aircraft itself, the red and white checks are very seductive - the alternative scheme ain't half bad either. Print quality is as good as you'll find anywhere and the sheet includes tiny stencils and instrument faces. The instructions are comprehensive and include guidance for the rigging. Both decal options feature the spin strakes, so this is the first issue with more on the way, plus it looks like the decal aftermarket has already gone to town on this, fill yer boots. Looking at the box contents I'm finding it very difficult to find anything to dislike - except that broken cabane! Check out the box art, you'll be reaching for your wallet.

 

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So like the Revell Stearman, this offers a pair of warbirds! Sneaky way to get people to do civvy aircraft :P

I would have liked to see an -82C, but they'd have to pretty much re-do the entire kit for that. Please, Airfix?

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It depends how you look at it, both schemes have provenance to machines operating in the 40's. They're both sweet schemes.

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nice, not my scale for biplanes anymore, but looks very nice nonetheless, if anyone is interested Sean at TopNotch,(look on facebook) has 4 for sale at around 15 each get em quick, 

one question and this is not a critisism of airfix buy why oh why not just mark out with a small indent the rigging attachment points? it would just make life soooo much easier 

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But if Airfix gives us little divots, we wouldn't break so many micro drills. WON'T YOU THINK OF THE MICRO DRILL MANUFACTURERS, DARREN?

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2 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

why not just mark out with a small indent the rigging attachment points?

They did on the wings, but not on the tie between the struts. They are very small but should be enough to get a start with a micro drill, especially if you were to ream them out a bit with a needle point. There are tiny marks on the fuselage for the cabane cables, the rear upper attachments are integral with the strut locations, the front you are on your own but it's pretty clear from the guide where they need to go. The rudder cable runs emanate from moulded detail on the fuselage, although you might want to drill pilot holes. You are on your own with the elevator cables where they pass through the fuselage (they are well marked on the guide) and also you could do with an eyelet for the upper runs on the tailplanes. I'm thinking a tiny loop with a piece of fine Nitinol might do the trick.

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5 hours ago, Jessie_C said:

But if Airfix gives us little divots, we wouldn't break so many micro drills. WON'T YOU THINK OF THE MICRO DRILL MANUFACTURERS, DARREN?

i still managed to break 4 0.3 micodrills on the Pfalz and that had rigging points marked, its an occupational hazard, 

thanks paul I just couldn't see them 

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