Let's explore the design genius of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland. From the darkest days of the Fokker Scourge to the dawn of jet air travel to the 21st Century, de Havilland's designs have flown over every continent on Earth.
And those wonderful names! Moths, Mosquitos, Vampires, Venoms, Vixens, Comets, and Tridents. Expanding into the Dominions, we have Chipmunks, Beavers, Otters, Caribous, Buffalos and Drovers to amuse us.
The DH-2 can be argued to be the world's first purpose-designed fighter. The DH-4 the world's first genuine multi-role aircraft. The Moth the world's first successful private sport aircraft. The Mosquito wasn't the first at anything it did, but that didn't stop it from being the best. Nor did it stop the Germans from paying it the extreme compliment of trying to copy it.
Vampires, Venoms and Vixens served the RAF and RN throughout the Cold War, bringing the de Havilland tradition of unconventional solutions to design problems around the world.
Entire books have been written about the tragedy of the Comet and the last three successful de Havilland designs were doomed by the British Government to wear another company's name, but their lineage is pure de Havilland. The RAF retired the Nimrod in 2011, the Trident flew into the 1980s, and derivatives of the DH-125 business jet are still flying. In Canada the de Haviland Canada Dash 8 remains in production, as do modern versions of the Twin Otter and Beaver while representatives of all DHC's designs still earn their living.
There are plenty of candidates to build, and variants to suit modellers from the early aviation crowd right up to the jet age.
The Rules and Regs
The Rules and Regs
1. Your kit must portray any aircraft which wore (or wears) the de Havilland name. DHC and DHA aircraft are eligible. Aircraft designed by de Havilland and produced under another name are eligible.
2. Any scale, any era, any de Havilland subject, any Nationality;
3. Aftermarket parts, conversions and AMS permitted;
4. The kit decals or aftermarket markings are allowed. “What if” markings may also be used;
5. Build as many kits as you wish, but only 1 ribbon will be awarded per person;
6. Minimum of 2 progress shots in the official campaign thread plus minimum of one shot of the completed build in the campaign gallery;
7. The finished shots for the gallery must be taken against a plain background. They will be used in a feature article so the background should not distract from your model. Show off your work, not your cluttered workbench : );
8. Dioramas welcome but not required;
9. Entries cannot be used for more than 1 campaign.
10. Most importantly have fun, enjoy your build, and share your progress with us all.
There will be a beautiful shiny ribbon for those who finish their builds within the time frame of the Campaign.