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The Tiger Moth is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of 16 pieces on one sheet of metal. The Tiger Moth was an easy-to-fly trainer with a stall speed of just 25 knots, but it lacked an electrical system and had to be crank started.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
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Most of the RAF's pilots from the 1930s until 1952 learned to fly on Geoffrey de Havilland's simple, cheap biplane. Being easy to fly but tough to master made it an ideal trainer -- it could easily stall or spin during aerobatics or formation training, yet it was robust enough to easily recover from such pilot errors. The RAF had 500 Tiger Moths in service at the beginning of WW2; 7,000 more were produced when war broke out. Upon its retirement from military duty, most of the existing Tiger Moths went into civilian service, where they are still flown recreationally and sometimes even pressed into training.
The spunky little de Havilland even saw some combat. It flew coastal reconnaissance missions known as "scarecrow patrols" beginning in 1939. Pilots were armed only with sidearms; their mission was to frighten U-boats into diving. One plane of the pair would circle over the submarine's last known location while the other plane went to lead a naval patrol ship back to the spot. Because the aircraft had no radios, each one carried two homing pigeons in a wicker basket so that they could signal for help. In 1940 350 Tiger Moths were equipped with bomb racks as part of Operation Banquet, the British plan to use every available aircraft to repel a threatened German invasion. The biplanes were never actually deployed as light bombers but were invaluable in training new bomber pilots.