Amy Johnson’s DH.60G Gipsy Moth
Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a record-setting English pilot who was very active during the thirties. In
1930, the 26 year old Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia,
flying from Croydon to Darwin, a flight which took 19 days and 11,000-miles (17,700 kilometers).
Her flight was made in 18 legs. From London, she flew to Austria, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Persia, India, Burma, Siam, Singapore, Dutch East Indies, Dutch Timor, and across the Timor Sea to Darwin, arriving on 24 May 1930. For her accomplishment, Miss Johnson was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.), awarded the Harmon Trophy, and a £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail newspaper.
During the war, Amy flew for the Royal Air Force as a First Officer of the Air Transport Auxiliary, and was killed in January 1941 while flying an Airspeed Oxford. It was bad weather but there is evidence that suggests she may have been downed by friendly AA due to an identification incident.
Amy Johnson flew her personal de Havilland DH.60G. This is the Amodel 1/48th scale kit. It’s not a bad kit, just rough around the edges and needs some tender love and care. Improvements include hollowed out exhausts, steel wire rigging, spares box seatbelts, scratched instrument panel, wire engine and upper tank plumbing, wire wing pins, spares box under-wing actuators, and scratch built spare prop. This is the only Amodel quarter scale kit I know of, but it was good enough that I wish they made more. They have a 1/72 Beriev KOR-1 and I’d buy one if it was upscaled.
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