Oxford Diecast 72COM003 – 1/72 Scale DH.88 Comet Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||14.2 cm||5.60 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||12.3 cm||4.84 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale de Havilland DH.88 Comet, G-ACRS – Oxford Diecast 72COM003
de Havilland DH.88 Comet
The de Havilland DH 88 Comet is a British twin-engined, tandem seat racing aircraft. Designed for the 1934 MacRobertson International Air Race from London to Melbourne. de Havilland built a total of five Comets, three for the race. Grosvenor House, registration G-ACSS, won the race with G-ACSR finishing fourth, Black Magic, G-ACSP, retired with mechanical problems. Later another two were built, one for the French government and the other for a Mr Cyril Nicholson. The Comet set many records during and post race.
The semi-monocoque fuselage and low mounted cantilever wing construction are of wood with stressed skin of plywood and fabric. Load bearing components are of metal. The forward fuselage held the main fuel tanks. Behind the cockpit was a third small tank. The enclosed cockpit had dual flight controls, but only the forward position had a full set of instruments.
The undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units mounted under the engine nacelles and retracting rearward with a fixed tail skid.
It uses two de Havilland Gipsy Six ‘R’, an inverted air-cooled, six-cylinder, inline engine, driving a two-bladed Ratier variable pitch propellers, giving the DH.80A a maximum speed of 382 km/h (237 mph), cruise speed of 354 km/h (220 mph) a range of 4,710 km (2,925 mi) and a service ceiling of 5,790 m (19,00 ft).