Third-party developers continue to bring to the platform a fascinating assortment of vintage airplanes that were once pioneers in the earlier decades of aviation’s history. The latest addition to this list of aircraft comes from Flight Replicas, who just released today their rendition of the de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth, for both PC and Xbox, at $16.49.
This is small biplane passenger aircraft from the 1930s with a rich heritage that extends across the globe. The Fox Moth was a pioneer in airline operations, the first aircraft to turn a profit in commercial airline service without subsidies, used by several countries all over the world, including the UK, Australia, and Canada.
A distinctive feature of the Fox Moth was its economical design. Many of its components, including the engine, tailplane, fin, rudder, and wings, were identical to those being used for the de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth, which was being built in large quantities as a military trainer. These were fitted to the purpose-built wooden, plywood-covered fuselage. The pilot sat in a raised cockpit behind the small enclosed passenger cabin, which was usually fitted with three seats for short-range hops.
Flight Replicas’ Fox Moth is the developer’s fourth creation for MSFS (after the L-4, PA-11, and P-40N) and promises to bring this classic aircraft back to life in the stunning virtual world of a modern simulator. Flight Replicas’ aircraft haven’t exactly been the most comprehensive realizations of each model, but are nonetheless interesting replicas that anyone can enjoy in the simulator.
The Fox Moth comes in three variants: the standard model, one with floats, and a “modified” version. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what these modifications are, as the developer doesn’t provide many details. Interestingly, it seems the Fox Moth uses a stock C152 soundest, which will certainly come as a disappointment for those wanting to hear a more authentic soundtrack. Understandably, with few surviving samples, the developer couldn’t gather the necessary sounds of the real aircraft.
Flight Replicas’ DH.83 Fox Moth’s release in Microsoft Flight Simulator promises to take simmers on a nostalgic journey back to the early days of commercial aviation. It’s now available exclusively through the MSFS Marketplace, priced at just $16.49 for both PC and Xbox.