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Titanic Tiger Moth Takes Flight

Giant Scale DeHavilland

This incredible half-scale DeHavilland Tiger Moth was designed, built, and flown here by John Greenfield. With a wingspan of over 14 feet, the plane weighs 121 pounds and is powered by a 384cc twin inline gas engine. John is a member of the UK’s Ghost Squadron club, and we found this information on the RC Tiger Moth on their website:

John had been considering this project for some time during the build of several 1/2 scale gliders. The idea was to build a 1/2 scale tug that could tow the biggest gliders in a scale way. The model was built from John’s own plans draw from information gathered from the full size. Construction is all scale including the wing section and even incorporates the unique aileron differential of the full size. One area of concern in the planning stage was what motor to use as commercial model aircraft motors were not big enough. A decision was taken to build a one off motor especially for the model and this was done in conjunction with the airframe build.

The Tiger Moth completed its certification flights at Middle Wallop in early 2011 although it was felt that the motor was not developing as much power as it could. Modifications were made to increase the compression ratio of the [engine] and this made a significant improvement in power.

With the new power of the reworked [engine] the model was put through another series of proving flights and was finally signed off as a completed project.

The model is now in its final form and has delivered the goal of being able to tow even the largest vintage glider models.

We say well done! Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon, better known as Tbobborap1 on YouTube, for taking this terrific video.

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  1. many thanks debra for sharing our video of such a terrific model – pete

  2. It was great but would have been even more greater if it was a nice sunny day with light cloud cover.

  3. Nicely done! Scratch building is one thing, but also building your own engine takes it to another level.

  4. Most BEAUTIFUL Replica I’ve EVER seen!!!!!!! Sir Geoffrey deHavilland would’ve been PROUD!!!!!! I wish Revell-Germany would re-issue that 1/32nd kit!!!!! Tiger Moths FOREVER!!!!!!!

  5. ANY TIGERS I SEE IN CANADA ARE ALWAYS DONE IN YELLOW TO DESIGNATE A TRAINER. IT LOOK OK THE WAY THIS ONE IS. IN GUELPH WE HAVE A BUNCH OF GUYS AND THEY ARE CALLED ‘THE TIGER BOYS’ AND FOR SURE THEY FLY TIGER MOTHS IN WWII COLORS. THIS STILL IS A BEAUTY OF A TIGER MOTH.

  6. Great job by the builder/pilot and – again – by the videographers, the TBOBORAP guys.

  7. This was quite an accomplishment! I’m still having trouble buiding a square fuseloge for my Lazy Bee!

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