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Bob Murphy is an architect by trade who had always wanted a Tiger Moth to fly. School, then marriage, and then family had delayed his purchase for years, but finally he decided it was time. He found, then imported (from the other side of the world) a basket of parts that had once been a Tiger Moth. Then began a the long process of restoring it. Finally, after ten years of scrounging, rebuilding, fabricating and learning new skills, he got his Moth aloft.

The Tiger Moth is a fascinating aircraft. Here, Bob describes in greater detail exactly what it was used for, and why it was so good for that.


The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

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