I love my GWS Tiger Moth 400 so much, that I really wanted another. But I also wanted a small plane, one I could fly in my street.
At the same time, I’ve also had a growing urge to try my hand at building a plane. I decided to try and build a little Tiger Moth.
I considered building a flat, ‘profile’ plane, cuz they look easy to build, but I don’t really like the way they look. On the other hand, I didn’t feel up to trying to create a fully shaped fuselage and wing. I decided to compromise, giving the Micro Moth a boxy, basically square fuselage and flat wings, sanded into an airfoil shape.
The plane is built from blue 1/4″ fan-fold foam purchased from Lowe’s. You can find out more about its design and construction, here. I’ve given the plane a ‘paint job’ using colored packing tape, but I decided to leave the lettering visible on the tail as a testimony to the plane’s origins.
EMAX CF2805 0.9 oz 2800kV outrunner GWS EP 7035 prop GWS 8040 propeller
- GWS 8060 Slow Fly propeller
- HURC 2712-17 0.9oz 1700kV outrunner
- Dynam 18A ESC
- 2x Dynam 9g servos (elevator/rudder)
- 2x TP SG50 5g servos (ailerons)
- OrangeRx DSM2 receiver
610 mAh 2S LiPo batteries
- 850 mAh 2-cell Nano-Tech batteries
Length: 20″ prop-to-tail
AUW is 8.0 oz without battery; 9.25 oz with a 610 mAh battery.