View Full Version : Airco Vs. De Havilland

02-01-2011, 17:55
I was just wondering if anybody has realized the subtle difference between the AIRCO D.H.4 mini and the
De Havilland D.H.4 mini. I have, but I want to know if you know, or can guess.
You can also use this thread for general D.H.4 discssions.


02-18-2011, 15:07
Do you want me to tell you?

Goering Ace
02-18-2011, 15:59
I'd like to know.

02-18-2011, 16:34
Is it left hand drive ?

02-18-2011, 16:42
The double Lewis guns on back?

02-18-2011, 17:56
Is it left hand drive ?

Huh? I said MINIS

The double Lewis guns on back?

Nope! The guns on the back off the minis are the same, at least on mine.

02-18-2011, 18:13
Then check the exhausts.

02-18-2011, 19:47
I know that US pilots liked the DH-4B variant, which swapped positions between the pilot's seat and fuel tank... but if FFG wouldn't differentiate between Holtzem's D.IIIa and the other D.III's in tooling I don't think they'd tool that variant either. (Do I need to remove the Lewis from Boudwin's SE5a? I know many American planes weren't fully armed, as policy was "get as many flying birds up as possible, arm 'em as guns come in or can be scavenged".)

02-18-2011, 22:17
Then check the exhausts.

The Cadbury & Leckie DHavilland have the big exhaust pipes too - they're only missing on the Atkey one - so it must be something else.

The DH.4 was equipped with several different engines over the course of the war - some had side exhausts...


...and some didn't


The Cowman
02-18-2011, 22:45
Don't own one of each yet so I can't really say ...

02-19-2011, 16:59
Then check the exhausts.

DING DING DING!!! Yup, that's what I noticed.

02-20-2011, 14:23
That maybe because the US version had the Liberty engine & the Brit one had The Rolls Royce Eagle engine - nice of them to note the difference in the minis.