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  1. D.H. 60T Moth 1:72 Amodel First flown nearly 90 years ago, the DH-60 Moth series of 2 seat biplanes were a great success and were widely used by civil clubs in the inter war period. By the late 1920's almost 85% of aircraft used by UK flying clubs were DH-60's of one type or another. It was developed though several versions, the most notable being the DH-60G Gypsy Moth, and the DH-60M 'Metal Moth' where the wooden 'skeleton' of the fuselage structure was replaced by a metal one. Various engines were used such as the Genet, Cirrus, and Gypsy, and this would often prefix the name of the version, and total production ran to about 1,640 examples. The final version had swept back wings, a strengthened structure, and a Gypsy III engine. It had so many changes that it became a distinctly different machine and was renamed the DH-82 Tiger Moth. The kit. Amodel of Poland have released a range of DH-60 Moth variants in 1:72 scale, covering the DH-60 Genet Moth, DH-60 Cirrus Moth, DH-60G Gypsy Moth, and DH-60X moth. Received from T7 Models for review is the DH-60T Moth trainer, which in real life was based on the DH-60M Metal Moth. The small end opening box contains 4 sprues of parts, a celluloid sheet with windscreens, a set of decals for 2 options, and the instructions. First impressions are favourable, with neatly moulded parts spread logically amongst the sprues. Moulding is with minimal flash, and no sink marks on any of the parts. The struts and other fine parts are commendably thin and delicately moulded, and the fabric effect is quite nicely done. Given that there are several versions of this kit, it is not surprising that many parts will not be required. There are optional props, rudders, wheels, exhausts, struts, headrests etc. As none of these are numbered on the sprues, reference to the parts map in the instructions will be required throughout the build. Construction is entirely conventional, starting with the cockpit. A slight oddity is that the front cockpit gets the rudder pedals, and the rear gets the joystick, as only 1 of each is provided. It will be a simple matter to scratch up a full set for both cockpits though, and you may want to source some decals for the instrument panels, as none are on the sheet. Once the fuselage is together, the lower wings and tail group are attached. Depending upon your chosen colour scheme you may wish to start the main paint job at this point, or proceed with the struts and top wing. The final stage is the fitting of the undercarriage with the smaller, fatter wheels. Rigging will be a matter of choice, stretched sprue or invisible mending thread both work well in this scale. Decals. A small decal sheet is provided for 2 options. Option 1 is a Swedish Air Force machine in a very bright red and yellow scheme. Option 2 is for PP-TZE from the Aeroclub De Santos in Brazil, wearing an overall red scheme. Conclusion. This is a neatly produced little kit that means we no longer need to rely on the ancient Frog offering for a DH-60. Amodel have got the most out of their tooling to produce a number of versions, which is a sensible and very welcome approach (The Cirrus Moth is one of my favourites). The odd lack of cockpit items is a minor detail that is quickly and easily solved, and overall this is well produced new kit that will satisfy the majority of modellers. It will go very nicely with the recent Airfix release of the DH-82 Tiger Moth, and I hope that Amodel consider kitting a few more classic aircraft from this era, a DH-80 Puss Moth would be lovely! Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. This well camouflaged flying beastie caused me to spend part of last Saturday in our local minor injuries unit - The moth is a Lime Hawk moth, about 3" wingspan, and despite its fetching camouflage scheme stands out a bit on a tyre! I picked it up before we drove off and put it on a tree, which led to my spending around an hour in minor injuries last Saturday; I must have touched my lips with my fingers after having touched the moth, and the scales on the moth's wings caused an irritation to my lips and tongue which made me look as though I had a bit of a trout pout! All cleared up by Wednesday this week, with the help of some antihistamines. The camouflage on the moth reminds me of schemes I have seen on real aeroplanes (or at least models), too.
  3. Hello all, Today I have the ancient FROG dh.60G Moth in 1/72, marked as an aircraft of the Belgian Air Force in the spring of 1940. Previously a civil machine, it was impressed at the start of the war. I used KORA decals for the first time, and can generally report favorably of them, but the red stripes that were supposed to go on the fuselage sides ended up tearing in several places and were thus binned. The only modifications I made to the kit were the addition of some interior framing (which is hardly visible now) and the addition of an exhaust pipe, sourced from a ZTS Models RWD-5. I'm still getting used to my new Tablet camera and trying to understand why photos taken in the same place at the same time come out so differently. Hopefully by the time I finish my next build, a combination of the Airfix and AModel AVRO 504K's, I will have the problem solved. Surprisingly, it built well, and currently looks like this: It'll be marked as a machine of the Swedish Air Force when done, in overall doped linen with a black forward fuselage and engine cover. That's all for the moment, Thanks all - stay safe, Tweener
  4. AVI Models is to relase a 1/72nd de Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth kit - ref. AVI72011 Source: http://www.avimodels.com/index.php?id_product=34&controller=product&id_lang=2 V.P.
  5. AVI Models is to relase a 1/72nd de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth kit - ref. AVI72007 Source: https://www.facebook.com/208070375871052/photos/a.208144655863624/2226864083991661/ Box art V.P.
  6. de Havilland DH.60 Moth, pics thanks to Mark Mills. de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAHI de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAWO de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-ABAG de Havilland DH.60GIII Moth Major G-ABZB
  7. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd family of DH.60 kits. ref.AM72280 - D.H.60C Cirrus Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285206 ref.AM72281 - D.H.60 Genet Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285207 ref.AM72282 - D.H.60M Metal Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285209 ref.AM72283 - D.H.60GIII Moth Major Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285210 ref.AM72284 - D.H.60T Moth Trainer Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285211 ref.AM72285 - D.H.60X Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285212 ref.AM72286 - D.H.60G Gipsy Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285214 V.P.
  8. Hi all, Finished this a few days ago, only just managed to get some decent pictures! IMG_7270_zpsd74194c4 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7269_zps550c7cbe by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7268_zps4ef3cab5 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7267_zpsb15a3f8d by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7265_zps465013dc by Ben Standen, on Flickr For an old kit it fell together very well. Little bit of scratching for the cockpit and added all the control wires, very happy with it though all things considered RIGGING TIPS I was reading through my Airfix club Mag and found a build of the new Gladiator. In the review was a tip that has TOTALLY changed how I rig biplanes (I actually enjoy it now!). Step 1 Drill a hole half way into the wing at the anchor point. Step 2 Cut a bit of stretched sprue/nylon/plastic thread a little longer than the size you want. Step 3 Glue it to both ends and let it dry (yes it'll be very loose and saggy) Step 4 Turn on your soldering iron and let it heat up. Once hot, put the tip of the soldering iron a few mm beneath the loose wire. This will make it straighten taught very quickly. Be careful not to heat the rigging too much as it will snap. The heat can also damage paintwork and warp the model so make sure the heat is rising vertically up to the wire. Thanks for looking, Ben.
  9. Hi all, Well after waiting for a week and a half I found out where my kit that was in the post had got to... In the PO just down the road. Postie hadn't put through a red slip saying there was a package waiting... Anyway, I finished my DH.82A build now onto something even more classic, DH.60G, this kit is a CBK released decades ago before NOVO got their hands on it and produced it. Made in the USSR... Means this individual kit is several years older than me! I've found it to be a very relaxing build, nothing complex at all. Scratch built interior using plasticard and some old seats from the airfix bedford. Not too pretty in there, however, there will be a large wing right over the forward cockpit anyway. Frustratingly, I didn't varnish the decals before trying to aplly them to the upper and lower wings. So they simply disintegrated and now I have to print my own tomorrow or paint them. More to follow Ben
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