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WOW035 Airco DH2 LE10 by Thomas Gunn Miniatures

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Price:
$499.00
SKU:
WOW035
Retired


Product Description

WOW035 The venerable Airco DH2 was a 'Pusher' type single seater fighter
fitted with a forward firing machine gun. This was the Allied response to
the Fokker scourge that had caused the loss of so many aircraft up until
then. The DH2 was armed with a single Lewis machine gun that could be fixed
to 1 of 3 mountings, however pilots soon learned it was easier to use the
centre mount, point the aircraft in the direction of the target and then
fire the machine gun. When this method was employed the DH2 could easily
outfight the Fokker Eindeckers then being utilised by the Germans and Allied
pilots scores started to rise.
 
The majority of DH2's were powered by a 100 hp Gnome Monosoupape engine,
later models were powered by a 110 hp Le Rhone engine.
The maximum speed was 93 MPH and a total of 453 were built before the type
was retired from frontline service.
 
Our featured aircraft is one flown by Capt David Tidmarsh MC who racked up a
total of 7 aerial victories before being shot down in 1917 by Kurt Wolff.
After the war's end Tidmarsh was repatriated back to the UK and left the
army in 1920 but ended up rejoining the RAF when WW2 broke out in 1939. He
served until 1944 when ill health forced him to retire, sadly Tidmarsh died
in a Dublin nursing home at the end of 1944. We have manufactured Tidmarsh's
24 Sqn aircraft in a weathered clear dope line colour scheme, which I must
say sits very attractively on aeroplanes from this era. The complex rigging
on this aircraft has been beautifully captured and the rear tail booms are
all hand welded in metal for additional sturdiness. This was a complicated
and expensive aircraft to make and therefore it's not likely we will be
making one of these again for a while, grab one whilst you can!
 
Our aircraft is pictured with a Royal Marine NCO for scale reference
purposes only and unfortunately is not included.
Limited to 10 pieces worldwide and priced at $499/£330 inc VAT

Other Details

Release Date:
October 2015
Retired Date:
October 2015

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