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Jul 19, 2003, 12:34 PM
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I have a few questions on the tiger moth

I have a GWS tiger moth, I purchased it as my first plane a few months ago when I started the sport .

I took it to a very small local park and nedless to say I broke the wings and went on to a wingo.

I am now ready to start flying my tiger moth now that I have a few months of almost daily flying experience.

My questions are.....

1. how does it handle tthe wind
2. is it really that good of a flyer?
3. any necessary mods for outdoor flying?

Thanks =)
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Jul 19, 2003, 05:04 PM
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1. Handles 5 mph wind fine, getting a little risky at 10 mph.
2. It is a great flyer, thats why they are so popular.
3. No mods necessary, its all ready to go.

Jul 19, 2003, 08:06 PM
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Do a search on Moth + mods or other keywords. There is a lot of information posted here.

As FlyByGuy says, the Moth is fine stock.

I recommend using a 9070 prop for best outdoor performance with the stock motor.

I like flying wires to support the wings when you start doing loops and such. It really cuts down on the wing flexing.

I'd also recommend using different batteries for longer flying time. The 300~350mah NiMh cells are popular. If you have a charger to handle them, the Lithium Polys offer the longest flying time per weight. I'm running on 6x700mah AAA cells from Walmart in a home built pack for 20~30 minute flying time.

There's lots of other mods you can do if and when you get the urge.

Search and ye shall find!

Jim C.
Jul 19, 2003, 10:52 PM
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I had a blast! took the tiger moth out just now!
I couldnt gain any altitude but I flew in like 30' circles , the plane went sideways in the wind just like in the movies heh

I went for a loop and crack lol wings folded and it came spiraling down like a dead bird, broke both wings and the motor mount, I had some BI-Directional tape, taped the motor back on and splinted the wings and I was back flying in 5 mins!

I will need new wings, should I make em from the same material or buy aftermarkey wings or?
Jul 19, 2003, 11:05 PM
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Check out


for basic mods and building tips. I'm building my Tiger Moth right now and I have found much of that site very helpful.
Jul 20, 2003, 07:59 AM
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Wing repair...

Yep... you need to consider flying wires as one of your first mods!

You might be surprised at how repairable the Moth is. Usually the foam breaks fairly cleanly without stretching or bending. Therefore, its easy to repair. I use a very thin film of 5' epoxy (I find Devcon very good.) on the butt ends of broken wings.

If you need to fill gaps then use ProBond or Titebond or other polyurethane glue. The Polyuethane foams while curing and does a nice job at filling gaps. One trick is to damping the surfaces to be glued with a lightly damped paper towel. This helps activate the foaming action of the glue.

Here is my Moth after my son pulled a wing strut loose folding the wings from about 100' in the air!
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Jul 20, 2003, 08:01 AM
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... a little epoxy... a little TiteBond... a little paint...
Jul 20, 2003, 10:56 AM
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You can do repair just about anything you do to those Moths!

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