Oxford Diecast 72PM007 – 1/72 Scale DH 80A Puss Moth Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||10.5 cm||4.13 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.5 cm||6.10 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included with this model.
1/72 Scale de Havilland DH 80A Puss Moth, VH-UQO – Oxford Diecast 72PM007
de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth
The de Havilland DH 80A Puss Moth is a British single-engine three seat light utility aircraft. The maiden flight, a DH.80, took place on September 9, 1929, the first production aircraft, DH.80 first flew in March 1930. Used as a private aircraft and by commercial operators in passenger and mail roles. Also used in record-breaking flights by Bert Hinkler, James Allan “Jim” Mollison, Amy Johnson and Nevill Vintcent. Impressed into service during WWII in the communication role.
Early in its career, the DH 80A suffered a series of fatal crashes with air turbulence caused wing flutter leading to structural failure. Additional wing struts fixed the problem. Production ended in 1933 with 259 airframes built in the UK and 25 in Canada.
The fuselage was of fabric-covered steel tubing with a high mounted wing of wood with fabric sheathing. The tail units also used wood with fabric. The wings folded backwards for storage or towing. Regular seating was for two but could carry a second passenger with the seats staggered. The fixed undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units mounted to the fuselage.
It uses a single de Havilland Gipsy III, an inverted air-cooled, four-cylinder, inline engine, driving a two-bladed propeller, giving the DH.80A a maximum speed of 205 km/h (128 mph), a range of 482 km (300 mi) and a service ceiling of 3,335 m (17,500 ft). Canadian built aircraft used Gypsy Major engines, giving a slightly improved performance.
Oxford Diecast 72PM007 – 1/72 scale diecast model of the de Havilland DH 80A Puss Moth, registration VH-UQO, pilot Jimmy Melrose, 1934 Mac Robertson Air Race, London to Melbourne