Microaces Aero Airco DH.2 'Wilkie's Bus'
Flown by Capt. Alan Wilkinson 1916
The Airco DH.2 was designed by none other than Geoffrey de Havilland, taking its first flight in 1915. The rear mounted prop provided great forward vision and, of course, prior to the invention of the interrupter mechanism, 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.
Alan Wilkinson, who flew Wilkie's Bus (as it was affectionately known), was a 19 victory WWI ace with a DSO and bar awarded and eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He survived the war only to be recalled to active service at the outbreak of WWII.
History in the Making
Microaces love of aviation history ensures that the aircraft we reproduce as kits look fantastic on static display as well as in the air.
The Microaces DH.2 comes complete with a vac-formed nose and a spinning Gnome Monosoupape dummy rotary engine kit, that adds an incredible level of mechanical detail to this astounding model.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the restricted layout of the DH.2, this Microaces kit employs an inventive method of control. To operate it there is a specific arrangement of servos and receiver that are available on the Flight Pack page of the Microaces website or by selecting the 'Kit + Flight Pack' on this page.
The 'Spektrum' Flight Pack is compatible with DSM2 & DSMX transmitters.
The 'Futaba' Flight Pack is compatible with S-FHSS protocol transmitters.
3D Printed Pilots
A fantastic enhancement to the kit, that really upgrades the level of realism is a 3 dimensional pilot. Add one to your order for the ultimate 'finishing touch'!
Microaces Airco DH.2 Model
|Controls||Rudder, Elevator, Throttle|
|Length||320mm / 12.6"|
|Wingspan||340mm / 13.4"|
|Wing Area||4.3 sq dm / 60 sq in.|
|Flying Weight.||34 - 36g/1.2 - 1.3oz|
|Wing Load||~8.1 g/sq.dm / 2.81 oz/sq.ft.|
Spektrum or Futaba Compatible.
|Rec. Motor / G.Box|
|Rec. Prop||GWS 4530R Pusher Prop|
|Rec. Battery||130mAh 1S Lipo|
|Skill Level - Build||Difficult|
|Skill Level - Pilot||Intermediate|
|Tools required||Scalpel, 180 Grit sandpaper or stick, straight edge, tweezers|
|Rec. Adhesive||UHU por / Foam safe CA / Aliphatic glue|
|SHEET PARTS||2mm laser cut Depron Airframe sheet|
|1mm printed & laser cut Depron fuselage sheet|
|1mm printed & laser cut Depron flight surfaces sheet|
|200 micron printed & laser cut polypropylene sheet|
|polyester sticker sheet|
|0.8mm plywood parts sheet|
|LOOSE PARTS||Two 30mm Ø neoprene rubber tires|
|Vacuum formed scale Nose Cone|
|3D Printed pulley guides|
|10mm brass sleeve for rotary engine|
|Two 4mm Ø noedymium magnets|
|100mm x 5mm Ø plastic tube|
|1mm x 0.4mm carbon fibre strip|
|1mm Ø carbon fibre rod|