View Full Version : The Moth and the Flame.. er..Tree.

09-03-2007, 01:48 PM
I got an E-mail from a friend that wanted to go flying yesterday at a nearby school.
Neat, has a hard surface for small planes with wheels.

Got out the Tiger Moth and off I went.

I had made a few adjustment to aileron throw prior to this flight.
What an improvement, rolls were nice and quick.

So, I fiddled with the elevator throw.
Wow, now it did slow rolls and with nearly full down elevator, inverted.

OK, now I'm flying by doing a slow roll and decided to stop the roll in the inverted position and continue a turn inverted.

Did I mention the trees....

Yup, the plane didn't have enough down elevator to maintain altitude and turn.

And like a moth to a flame I got too close.

Damage is light, plane hit the tree then fell to the ground.
Top wing broke off and has a small gash in the leading edge.

Struts broke, and strut mounts on bottom wing broke.
Should be an easy repair.

I'll post pictures later, got to go flying again.


09-03-2007, 02:22 PM
Bummer Paul. I'm sure you can get it back in the air in no time.

09-03-2007, 02:35 PM
Sorry to hear that Paul. Not to make light of it but for some reason, knowing your build and repair skills, I see you retreating to your shop, Tiger Moth under arm and this whirl wind of materials, dust and paint (similar to the Tazmanian Devil) only to emerge with a shiney, better than new Tiger Moth five minutes later.:Q

09-03-2007, 04:06 PM
Thanks guys. Not much damage really. Here's some shots of the damage.
I'll be able to do the repairs in one night.

It really made a very loud crunch going through the trees.

What have I learned from this.
1. Don't fly planes with flat bottom airfoils inverted close to the ground.
2. Don't assume the plane will do what you want.
3. Don't get too close to trees.
4. Don't fly through the trees.

09-04-2007, 03:14 AM
sorry to hear about that, sure you will be able to get it flying in no time.

what are those plans in that picture?

09-04-2007, 12:55 PM
spitfire, Those are the plans for the Dare Shoestring.
I have a build thread going in the builders forum.


09-04-2007, 02:43 PM
spitfire, Those are the plans for the Dare Shoestring.
I have a build thread going in the builders forum.


10-08-2007, 05:49 PM
Started repairs.
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Started cutting away the broken section of the top wing.
Framing is done, next sheeting.
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Looks like I'll be recovering the whole wing. Maybe a new color would be nice.


10-08-2007, 07:35 PM
I got too close to a plane grabbing tree last weekend also. I was setting up a landing approach, with my eflite 25 Cub, when this 70 ft spruce in the middle of a small thicket just jumped up and grabbed my plane. I just know I was this side of it and a little above:confused:

I was afraid that I would have to climb that tree or one of the others in the thicket but it fell to the ground. I was happy:D to see that the only thing hurt was one of the struts was missing. I never did see it so I suppose it is somewhere up in a tree.

The interesting thing about the retrieval is that some folks had just stopped to tell me there was a Brown Bear feeding on a moose just beyond where my plane went down. As I crossed a small stream and entered the thicket that thought crossed my mind:eek:

Anyway all worked out and I will have the plane back in the air next weekend.:D

10-09-2007, 12:00 AM
darlm44, You have to watch out for those plane grabbing trees.

Makes you want to be for clear cutting.


10-11-2007, 06:34 PM
The plane contacted the tree and hit right on a rib.
I had to make a new rib nose and re sheet the leading edge.

I cut the old sheet back to non damaged ribs.

I beveled the wing sheeting so the new sheet could not be pushed down.

I cut the leading edge on a 45 degree angle so it wouldn't get pushed in also.

The small post that the struts attach to, I added 1/32 ply as a doubler.
The 1/32 extends into the wing and is glued to the rib.

10-11-2007, 07:43 PM
Hey Paul,
Too bad about your plane and those dreaded trees. Your repair looks like its going very well..:) I have become a tree expert....I'm afraid.:(

10-11-2007, 08:42 PM
Airhead, Thanks, I hope to not be an expert about trees.


10-13-2007, 06:13 PM
Top wing is done.

I found some yellow Towercote that was pretty close in color.
Second picture has a reflection from the flash. That's not on the wing.