1:6 Scale Foamy DFW T.28 Floh - Flite Fest 2022 Dawn Patrol Challenge


Building Fool-Flying Noob
1:6 Scale Foamy DFW T.28 Floh
This 1:6 scale experimental German WWI Advanced Fighter the DFW T.28 Floh (Flea). The 1 bay High Speed Fighter. I may end up being more Limited in Space for the Trip to FF and to gain More Real Estate in the vehicle, I have designed this qualified Alternate for my original submission to the Dawn Patrol Challenge.
Who is this for:
  • Me
  • Those that are Not ready to turn 12 sheets of Foam Board into a 8' monster, or
  • Those not ready to build a hot wire cutter, to shape the XPS sheets.
  • Someone limited on space for bigger craft.
History from here
The DFW T.28 Floh (English: Flea) was a small German biplane fighter prototype designed by Hermann Dorner, the designer of the successful Hannover CL.II two-seat fighter of 1917, and built by Deutsche Flugzeug-Werke.[1] Designed in 1915 as high-speed fighter, the Floh had a small 6.20 m (20.3 ft) wingspan and a rather ungainly tall and thin fuselage.[1] With a fixed conventional landing gear the Floh was powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Mercedes D.I inline piston engine, and on its first flight in December 1915 reached 180 km/h, quite fast for the time.[1] The aircraft suffered from very poor forward visibility and was difficult to land due to its narrow landing gear.[2] The prototype crashed during the flight testing programme.[1]

This plane has terrible visibility ahead and below (as shown above) made taxiing a challenge, requiring the pilot stand up(below). Visibility also made landing difficult, leading to the first flight's crash on landing.
Mecedes D.I - the D.II & D.III is pictured below As you can see it is a thin but tall Motor they produces 75KW (100hp)
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General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 15 m2 (160 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 420 kg (926 lb)
  • Gross weight: 650 kg (1,433 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I water-cooled inline piston, 75 kW (100 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed
  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (110 mph, 97 kn)

BLOG Summary:

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Take-aways - advice for builders:


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Building Fool-Flying Noob
I have attached the Alpha Plans Parts are mostly obvious. The spars are the campfire skewers 36"


Builder Extraordinare
Yeah... FF. No worries. We're even factoring folks needing some 11th-hour finishing touches AT FLITE FEST. Build away.


Building Fool-Flying Noob
*nods* looks like they solved the visibility issue with it.

Update - Alpha V1.1 of the plans are uploaded (now with Labels and paper removal symbols)
Time to print and take the plans to mount to board and build.