IMPROVING DE HAVILLAND’S LEGEND

IMPROVING DE HAVILLAND’S LEGEND

Czech firm CMK has released a number of resin upgrades for ICM’s recent 1/32 Tiger Moth. We look at three sets here.

IMPROVING DE HAVILLAND’S CLASSIC

Ukraine’s ICM has seemingly made it a mission to provide modellers with quality kits of biplanes and other flying machines, in 1/32 scale. Part of the plan has been its different boxings of the de Havilland Tiger Moth.

Inevitably, aftermarket companies respond in kind and here, CMK has produced a selection of replacement/improvement parts for the Tiger Moth, enlivening various portions of the airframe. Three sets we’ve received for inspection are:

5137 DH.82 Tiger Moth Luggage Box (€11.30)
This package (shown above) offers five resin parts to create a luggage compartment behind the rear seat. You’ll have to cut out a panel from the fuselage, but CMK shows exactly where on the instructions, and you can use the new hatch to act as a template on the outside of the fuselage. Two bulkheads are provided, along with a bottom tray for the cargo and a well-cast bag with draped carrying straps.

IMPROVING DE HAVILLAND’S CLASSIC

5138 DH.82 Correction Propeller (€5.30)
ICM’s one-piece kit propeller has just a conical spinner, but CMK's version (above) has sharper trailing edges, along with a separate spinner portion, and backplate with mounting pin.

IMPROVING DE HAVILLAND’S CLASSIC

5140 DH.82 Tiger Moth Instrument Panels with Compasses and Coaming, Correction Set (€5.30)
The company’s use of the word ‘correction’ is all about definition and depth. Both are on offer here, with two panels that are better than the kit items, sporting obvious bezels and other refinements, individual coaming parts, and the compasses are welcome as none are supplied in ICM’s kit. Photo-etched brass mounting brackets are supplied for the compasses, adding that extra helping of scale fidelity. And there’s also a well-printed decal sheet with instrument details.

Also available is set 5139 Tiger Moth Mainwheels and tailskid (ICM kit) (€8.80)

For more details or to order, visit: www.cmkkits.com

These items, as well as ICM's Tiger Moth, are also available from Hannants mail order (www.hannants.co.uk)