Though Tiger Moth Queen Bees had been in use for some time, Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited a launch site at the Weybourne Anti-Aircraft Artillery Range on the Norfolk coast on 6 June 1941 with Secretary of State for War David Margesson (behind). Here, the unpiloted Queen Bee L5894 is readied for launch from a steam catapult. Navy gunners were unable to or perhaps did not attempt to shoot down this particular drone during the demonstration, for L5894 was listed in de Havilland production logs as having been shot down off Weybourne 12 days later. Churchill made two visits to the range in 1941. During his first visit, a demonstration of projectile firing was carried out, but the result was most unsatisfactory. The Prime Minister gave the commandant just seven days to improve the standard. On the second visit, each demonstration repeatedly ended in failure until finally, a Queen Bee target aircraft was shot down and crashed close to the VIP enclosure. Local history has it that all the senior staff were replaced the following day. Photo via Imperial War Museum
A profile drawing of the very same de Havilland DH-82B Queen Bee as used in the demonstration for Winston Churchill. Note the red undersides of the upper wingtips—applied to later production models and used to help gunners see the angle and direction of flight at a distance. A steam catapult was used when the aircraft was launched on floats. Image via WingsPalette
A Royal Air Force corporal demonstrates the controls of a de Havilland DH-82B Queen Bee, while an officer pilot looks on. Flying the Queen Bee at such a low altitude using the control panel required considerable skill. In this photo we can see the wind generator or Ram Air Turbine (RAT) attached to the port fuselage just aft of the engine cowling. The turbine powers a pump which provided compressed air in flight to the pneumatic servo actuators in the fuselage, which in turn moved the controls. Photo: RAF
Won't Oxford need to make revision to the cockpits? Looks to me as if the rear one should be covered? Another brave release I think as this is a somewhat esoteric choice even for Oxford although if accurate I do prefer it to the earlier floatplane release.
oxford can easily correct the markings but I doubt they will modify the tooling to cover the rear cockpit; would be great if they did, but I doubt they will. So, unless this plane originally flew in 2 seater form, which I don't think it did, as all queen bees were built as such from scratch, not converted from existing tiger moths, this is somewhat of a pointless release.
This month's Aeroplane magazine has a "Briefing file" on the Queen Bee. Fun facts: first successful production remote-control aircraft to enter service "was most successful, some proving hard to bring down" 405(!) built originally equipped with floats, but later in war with wheeled undercarriage
OK,...I rather like this release. I don't have a Tiger Moth yet and Im not really into the training SQNs of WW2. But this is a bit of a operational aircraft with the appropriate colours. I reckon I could justify this one for my Hanger.
Be great to fix a few issues as described in this thread.
Hopefully Oxford will cover the rear cockpit position. I am sure they are capable,.....should not be to hard to do??
"In my opinion the plan was not serious, especially the NAVY didnt want to have the responsibility. And the NAVY has asked the Air Force to, first of all to establish, the absolute air superiority over the invasion area. And the preparation the NAVY did were not very convincing."
yeah me too...if you look at the shape of the rear cockpit, around the windshield area, you'll see that making a cover will be tricky. Too bad, would have been an interesting addition. Strange release, given Oxford isn't going to make that little mod.
edit: after looking at some pics, the rear cockpit cover isn't all that flush with the fuselage, it sort of sticks out a bit (a noticeable edge is visible). So with very thing plastic (ie like the clear plastic on packages) you could perhaps cut it to shape and crazy glue it right over the rear cockpit (removing the windshield first of course) and it might not look too bad...it will stick out from the fuselage a bit but it looks like it did on the real plane, anyway.