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Microaces is constantly developing aircraft to add to its ranks. However it is a slow and considered process with lots of testing, head scratching and cups of tea!

As we hope you will see on this website, we consider quality and design above all else with our kits. This philosophy takes time, effort and a decent amount of financial input too.(Tea isn't cheap you know)

Please help support our business and drive development of new kits by pledging, buying, building and telling your friends or club members about Microaces kits! 

Update 23/05/19 

We're launching a Microaces Trainer Kit...

  

 To satisfy the need for a kit that introduces both building and flying in micro scale, we've designed a model from the ground up. Not a replica of any particular full size craft, but an amalgamation of sorts with a few little unique design elements thrown in.

This has been enormously rewarding from a design perspective as it's freed up the constraints of scale modelling, and allowed us to design around the aim of the kit, namely a trainer in the truest sense of the word.

An easy intro to building and a stable platform from which flying, inevitable crashing and repairing can be learned.

Scrappee is it's name, and scrappy is it's nature!

Update 03/09/19

After a few more days of R&D on the Felixstowe, I realised there was scope to develop another kit AND in doing so gain some much needed experience for the design work on the large flying boat. It could also act as vehicle to try out some design ideas that I had thought up to overcome some of the challenges of building such a big aircraft, but on a slightly smaller scale.

To that end the German floatplane, the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 fit the bill.

Available to pre-order from 11th March 2019 and a target release date for the kit of mid May 2019. 

The W.12 kit has many detail features, but the area that is the real test that will translate to the Felixstowe is the new wing configuration.

The design hides the ribs under a fillet insert, creating a much more stable structure, less prone to twist and distortion during flight. In tests it seems to work well for the broad wing of the W.12 so it should be suitable to stabilize the enormous wings of the Felix'.

Update 10/01/18

This is quite literally our BIGGEST challenge to date......

Felix Plans

The Felixstowe F.2A was a twin engine flying boat used in WW1 to patrol the North Sea, hunting U-boats and Zeppelins as well as effectively tackling other enemy patrol aircraft and fighters alike.

Well liked by pilots and crew due to it's handling and performance, the type excelled in its role. 

As a 1/24th scale kit the dimensions of this model are also impressive: 1200mm (47") wingspan with a hull length of 583mm (23").

Currently the initial design of the fuselage superstructure is in progress, with challenges ranging from designing realistic and fully exposed Rolls Royce Eagle VIII engines that will also contain the electric power plants to get this behemoth into the air!

The shear size of this aircraft compared to anything we have designed before is one of the main challenges for us. To ensure stability and rigidity of the airframe in flight and during take-off and landing will take a lot of thought and all our experience to pull off. 

The delight will be in producing a kit that carries the sheer level of detail that this model deserves, and seeing it take off and land onto water.  

 

 

Update 13/03/18

Microaces Airco DH.2 prototype now complete. The kit was made available for pre-order in late February and was launched with a kit that had been kept under wraps. 

Find out more about the both of them on their respective product pages. Just click on the images below!

 

 So the question now is 'What Next?'

Update 25/02/18 

Almost there with the prototype. The kit has been coming together well, although it has required a great deal of head scratching along the way.

We're very excited about what we've managed to achieve, with an all up flying weight of 34-36g, this is going to be a great addition to the Microaces hangar.

More images of the completed prototype to come....

 

Microaces is constantly developing aircraft to add to its ranks. However it is a slow and considered process with lots of testing, head scratching and cups of tea!

As we hope you will see on this website, we consider quality and design above all else with our kits. This philosophy takes time, effort and a decent amount of financial input too.(Tea isn't cheap you know)

Please help support our business and drive development of new kits by pledging, buying, building and telling your friends, club members and even the dog walkers in the park about Microaces kits! 

The next kit in line for Beta release is:

The Airco DH.2

 

 

Another great design challenge on a number of different levels....

 

We've got the dummy rotary nailed in the Fokker Triplane and the pull-pull control mechanism sorted in the Fokker D8, so why not throw the engine in the back, minimize canvas, add more string and see what happens. What can go wrong?

The Airco DH.2 was designed by none other than Geoffrey de Havilland and first flew in 1915. The rear mounted prop provided great forward vision and, of course, resolved the problem of forward facing armament shooting off the prop!

At its introduction to WWI, the DH.2 successfully put an end to the period known as the Fokker Scourge, countering the dominance of the Fokker Eindecker in the late summer of 1915.

The unusual configuration of pusher prop behind a very small canvased fuselage with a very open 'cage' rear fuselage and floating tail creates plenty of interesting issues for a kit designer, especially at 1/24th scale and a wingspan of just 14.5".

However we feel confident that we can do the DH.2 justice and intend to use this aircraft to demonstrate what we have learned from our previous kits and bring you something even more delightful and enjoyable to build & fly.