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Elf Model's 1/72 scale
DFW T.28 Floh

by Mark Davies

 

DFW T.28 Floh



Elf Models' 1/72 scale Albatros Dr.I is available from Squadron.com

 

Description

 

Elf Model is a new brand of kit manufacturer from the wonderful land for modelling, the Czech Republic. I think it has links to Eduard, and they seem to be specialising in infrequently kitted WW1 subjects in 1:72 scale. So far Im aware of the DFW T.28 Floh, Albatross Dr.I tri-plane (an Eduard Albatross D.V with parts to make the Dr.I), and Bristol MC.1 monoplane scout which is yet to be released.

 



The Floh did not progress beyond prototype stage, which is perhaps not surprising given its unorthodox appearance! In fact it was quite fast for 1915 at 180 kmh, but was a difficult aircraft to land. From my point of view it was even more like a Dick Dastardly & Mutly cartoon plane than my Breguet Br 27, so I had to build it!

Unfortunately in my eagerness it was only after I had rigged it that I realised it should have slight dihedral on both wings. But, as I have a policy of moving on to the next project if I can live with the error, I moved on. (With about 1,100 unbuilt 1:72 kits and over half my life lived I need to follow such policies.)

 



The Floh has to my knowledge been kitted in 1:72 scale as a resin kit by Czech Master resin, and a vacform kit was by Classic Plane. Suffice to say that Elfs Floh is a typical modern Czech limited run product with quite reasonable mouldings and generally good fit. A choice of control surfaces is provided to enable both versions of the prototype to be built. A photo-etched fret provides for smaller details.



 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2007 by Mark Davies
Page Created 07 May, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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