1/72 scale Huma
by Piotr Dmitruk
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The Lippisch DM-1 glider was built in 1944 by a
team of students of Darmstadt and Munich universities, under supervision
of Dr Alexander Lippisch, to study a low speed handling of the
sharply-swept delta wing rocket powered fighter P.13a. Made of steel
tubing with a plywood skin, this aircraft was intended to be launched
from a Siebel Si 204 and to glide back home.
The DM-1 was found by the Americans at the end of
World War II, the prototype was completed in late 1945, and planned to
test fly in Germany, but later was loaded fully-assembled, into a
special crate, and shipped back to the USA for wind tunnel testing.
The subsequent data, with the help of Dr Lippisch
(who was now working for the US government), was used in the design of
the Convair XP-92A, world's first powered pure delta-wing aircraft, and
then F-102 and F-106 fighters.
Huma's 1/72 scale Lippisch DM-1 is an unusual
short- run kit.
Sharply moulded, highly detailed parts, no flash,
delicate panel lines, only a few weak points (cockpit canopy, ailerons
hinges, undercarriage). Overall dimensions are exact and parts fit is
good. Cockpit interior consists of an instrument panel with dials on a
decal sheet, stick, rudder pedals and pilot seat, and needs improving,
although very few is visible through the canopy. I have replaced pedals
with photoetched examples of standard early Luftwaffe pedals and seat
with belts (in original taken from Bucker Bu-181). I also added internal
tubing and trimming wheels. And don’t forget to add weight - this is a
Cockpit glazing needs at least dipping in Future,
if not replacing. I also added bracing made from Plastruct rod. The
other replaced things are: Pitot probe, made from injection needles, and
scratchbuilt ailerons hinges.
Wheels are moulded together with undercarriage
legs, lack any details, but they are so tiny, that I decided to leave
them, as they are, only added metal rods to keep the undercarriage doors
I wanted to simulate natural wood, so I painted the
entire model with a suitable beige color, then masking separate panels,
I’ve tried to render wood grain using light brown, dark brown, and flesh
colored dry pastel chalk.
Then the entire model was painted with paintbrush
(it improves effect), using old oil varnish (old Revell paint), because
of yellowing, not observed with acrylic paints. There are black crosses
on the decal sheet, but there wasn’t any on original aircraft.
Huma's 1/72 scale Lippisch was an easy built of an unusual aircraft.
The best reference is H.P. Dabrowski book from
“Waffen Arsenal” series.
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2004 by Piotr Dmitruk
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