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New kit news: Airfix to release a de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth in 1/48 scale

Besides the previously announced 1/48 Spitfire Mk. XIV, Airfix will soon be adding another quarter-scale kit to its range. To my knowledge, this handsome and immensely popular golden-era aircraft was only previously kitted in this scale by Aurora, and that was back in 1958! Although the Aurora kit was later reboxed by Merit and Smer, there will be no comparison to the new Airfix offering.

Airfix’s association with the Tiger Moth also dates back to 1957, when the first 1/72 scale kit was introduced to the range in the original bagged packaging. This classic kit soldiered on in the Airfix range until 2014 when it was replaced by a completely new 1/72 scale tooling. The new 1/48 kit seems to be based on the same research and CAD work as its smaller sibling.

The new kit is due in May 2019.

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11 responses to New kit news: Airfix to release a de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth in 1/48 scale

  1. Beauty. Looks like there’s tons of room for………….groan…………rigging

  2. I just don’t get it ,all the amazing aircraft they could have picked and they went for this….
    I love Airfix ,it’s part of my life but c’mon guys….

  3. I enjoyed building (and rigging) the 1/72 scale offering, BUT I had to purchase a extra kit to replace (and or repair) parts that easily broke due to the brittleness of the plastic. My Swordfish example was similarly plagued. Hopefully this problem has been corrected. Both builds turned out smashing in the end.

  4. I got to fly a Tigermoth twice at the Watsonville Antique Fly-Ins in the 70s. What a fun airplane! I look forward to getting a kit.

  5. Awesome choice.
    They just need to start in the 4 engined heavies next. Lol. Stirling first please.

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