Wanderer's Ethiopian Air Force De Havilland Tiger Moth

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Wanderer's Ethiopian Air Force De Havilland Tiger Moth

Post by Wanderer » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:04 pm

Repeated from group discussion with some minor edits.

I have long considered the Renkells from Sergeant Bigglesworth CID the most fascinating "paper planes" that WEJ created, but totally beyond my ability to do justice to as a model. So I will stick to the same book - one of my all-time favourites - and go for one of the fake Ethiopian Air Force Tiger Moths instead.

The "Abyssinian Air Force" that WEJ refers to had actually disappeared with the Italian invasion in the 1930s, but following liberation in 1944 a new Ethiopian Air Force was created. Amongst its first aircraft were two Tiger Moths requested in June 1945 but not delivered until November. In all reality CID is set closer to June than November, but this is Bigglesverse where things often happen out of their proper time :-) As Wilks says Ethiopian Tiger Moths had visited, that will be good enough for me.

These first Ethiopian DH82As are discussed at https://www.facebook.com/UFEAFA/posts/e ... 858804926/. I attach a small image from that site here:
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The photo shows that one of these aircraft was camouflaged and the other probably painted in trainer yellow, to which were later added national markings as well some simple numbering scheme, which the model will reflect if I find evidence before the challenge is over. Mine will also be in plain yellow.

The kit that I already have (minus a couple of seats cannibalized for another model) is the latest German-made Airfix 1:72, miles better than horror we all struggled with in our childhood. It will also use some etched metal fittings (including replacement seats!) purchased on eBay. See image attached:
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Post by Wanderer » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:14 pm

...I may nevertheless have a bash at a Renkell Fighter. I invisage this as an aircraft of similar configuration as the Messerschmitt Me410 but with a slimmer rear fuselage and a rather novel vertical tail with an "oval" or more accurately half-oval rudder. This I believe I can concoct from the fuselage of a FW189B reconnaissance aircraft using one of its twin booms as the rear fuselage. If I find the time I might try it.

Other interesting modellable aircraft from this book include the Renkell Swan (maybe an Me108 derivative?), a Mosquito and the Spur, for which the Westland Welkin (of which only a horris 1:48 resin kit exists) might substitute.

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Post by kylie_koyote » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:39 am

Oooh. Good luck! I think this is a great project!
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Post by Wanderer » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:04 am

What could be better than a quick squirt of Trainer Yellow! Internals will be a silver dope (really quite hard to see at this scale) and a natural timber coloured propeller.

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Post by Foolscap » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:33 am

Looking forward to seeing how this progresses:-)
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Post by Wanderer » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:44 am

It progresses quickly! A simple little kit, and a practice run for my Renkell.

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First assembly of the interior. Realising that most of the etched metal fittings are for details that won't be visible for a model where the pilots are included, I have held them back for another kit. Biggles and Ginger in place!.

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Fuselage pegged together.

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And finally for today, a De Havilland monoplane! Which is exactly what the original DH71 Tiger Moth was, the name being reused for the later DH82 biplane. A simple little aircraft, yet perhaps the most successful that the company ever built, 8868 units completed including over 1000 built in Australia, and some 250 still airworthy, 74 years after mass-production ceased.
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Post by Wanderer » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:01 am

Today's progress is ultimately a structurally complete aircraft, except for a broken wing strut for which I am going to have to cobble up a repair once what remains sets, and a proof of the decals (will probably change the font from Lucida to Arial Black). It will be rigged using molten and stretched sprue once its all set.

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Post by Wanderer » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:42 am

Decals on. Should receive her semi-gloss varnish tonight allowing for rigging tomorrow, as well as a new bottom on the forward port strut that as you can see in the image is still missing...

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Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:29 am

Wow! You've made tremendous progress in a short period of time! I am very impressed.
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Post by Wanderer » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:46 pm

Its a very simple little kit that fits together with a minimum of fuss. Je regret the Renkell, when the kits for it arrive, will prove more challenging...

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Post by VickersVandal » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:46 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:

I haven't even opened the box! (Busy two weeks...)

Amazing work. Looks fantastic.

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Post by 266 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:21 pm

Stunning job. And done in a flash...my Renkell has got to "box open" and "vague thoughts about oval rudders" - but otherwise nothing likely before new year. Good luck with your Renkell...will be interesting to see two interpretations. All the best for the festive season!

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Post by Babanango » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:12 pm

Here you go, finished with Number 1 and off to a start on Number 2, and I haven't even sorted out which kit I'm doing. This Moth seems a beautiful kit to build. I remember the old ones from the 1960s, with the stick-figure pilot.

The Renkell will be an interesting build to watch.

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