I was looking for a cheap plane that was more capable than my old Slow Stick. My opportunity came at Hobby Hangar's annual swap meet. Someone was selling a GWS Tiger Moth 3D, new in box, for only $10! That was a steal, as they usually cost $30 new. I had to get it! Along with the Tiger Moth, I had to purchase several more things. The Tiger Moth 3D uses four servos, so I had to buy two more for $30 (funny, costs more than the plane), along with two servo extensions and a y-harness. After that, I got home and started building!
The build is straightforward, but is more complicated than the Slow Stick. There are more parts that need to be built, so the Tiger Moth took me a few hours more than my Slow Stick. However, the build was very easy. I found that a sharp x-acto knife is essential. I started out with a dull blade, and had a hard time cutting the foam. I switched the blade out for a new one, and it cut like a hot knife through butter!
I installed the electronics from my Slow Stick into the Tiger Moth. I set everything up to fly, and went to my backyard (3/4 acre). I hand-launched it, and the Tiger Moth soared into the air. Well, it didn't exactly soar, it just sort of chugged along. The brushed motor system and the heavy 8 cell nimh battery didn't have a lot of power for the Tiger Moth, so don't expect to do any 3d with it! However, it did have enough power to fly nice circuits and figure eights. I didn't bother trying a loop, because with the little power that I had, I didn't know if it could make it or not!
It has been several weeks since I built it, and it still flies well to this day. I haven't flown it that much, as it is very fragile. I had no fear in flying my Slow Stick, but the Tiger Moth is a whole new story, as it isn't as durable. Overall I wouldn't recommend getting the Tiger Moth. It is fairly cheap, but I would just go with another GWS plane besides the Tiger Moth.