Richard Spreckley completes ICM’s 1/32 de Havilland Tiger Moth two-seat trainer with the aid of aftermarket extras.


De Havilland’s classic DH.82 Tiger Moth trainer is still a common sight at many historic airfields around the UK. First delivered to the RAF in 1932, it became the UK’s principal trainer for more than 20 years, before being supplanted by the firm’s Chipmunk. More than 8,000 examples of the DH.82a were built; it was powered by a Gypsy Major I engine and had a maximum speed of 104mph. The type’s large ‘parachute’ wings meant the Tiger Moth was easy to fly, allowing novices to quickly grasp the fundamentals of controlling an aircraft, yet is often described as being “easy to fly, but difficult to fly well”. Perhaps less well known, a small number of Tiger Moths were equipped for the maritime surveillance and light bomber roles during 1940, when a German invasion was thought to be imminent.

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