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1:6 Scale Foamy DFW T.28 FlohThis 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:
- 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.
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. 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. 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. The aircraft suffered from very poor forward visibility and was difficult to land due to its narrow landing gear. The prototype crashed during the flight testing programme.
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)
- 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)
- 1 7.92mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 Spandau machine gun
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