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Offline KiwiZac

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Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:09:34 PM »
In the mid-70s a mate of mine Graham and his friend Peter - both teenagers in Australia - bought the mortal remains of VH-BEX, a DH.82a Tiger Moth that had served with the RAAF as A17-712. After a few years of work they had her flying in her old warpaint and in the mid-2000s she was sold to New Zealand where a syndicate operates her to this day. Graham's still part of that syndicate and Peter has been over to visit a few times.


In 2007 I lived for a few months in Blenheim, where the Tiger is based as ZK-BER on our civil register. Another friend, Adam, was a couple of years older than me and also part of the Tiger syndicate. I was a bit of a hangar rat and he took me under his wing, letting me help out cleaning and even starting her. She was the first Tiger Moth I ever sat in, the first I ever taxied in
ZacTiger by Zac Yates, on Flickr

And the first I ever flew in...or flew (don't tell anyone as Adam didn't have an instructor rating  ;) ). We three had some adventures.
DSC04934 by Zac Yates, on Flickr

So obviously I'd build a model at some point. Cue the modern Airfix 1/72 kit, of which I bought two copies. You saw the Blue Max build last week and the other was combined with some DK Decals and Humbrol trainer Yellow to produce this:
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

After I took these photos I realised I hadn't installed the aerials on the spine, which I've now done with rigging elastic and will share a pic once the weather is better. I hope you like it.


And no, I can't remember the exact sequence to start a Tiger anymore!
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Re: Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2018, 01:49:14 AM »
 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

Offline apophenia

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Re: Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2018, 06:25:00 AM »
I had to go back and double-check that you said this was 1/72  :icon_surprised:  What a gorgeous, clean build  :smiley:
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Re: Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 07:21:02 AM »
That's very well done, very well done indeed!

The rigging is superb!

Brian da Basher

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 06:23:23 AM »
Thanks folks!
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Re: Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 11:11:01 AM »
Looks great! A silver one would go with “Miss Fisher’s  Murder Mysteries”

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Zac and the Aussie Tiger Moth
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2018, 12:23:11 PM »
I'm pretty sure I'm Facebook friends with the bloke who flies the Miss Fisher machine...
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