Taube. Radio control semi-scale German WWI monoplane.
Quote: "Early designers were influenced by birds to a great extent; this influence extending to this early German WW I plane. Project is not exact scale but faithfully reproduces the original's lines. Taube, by Nick Ziroli.
Translated the word 'Taube' means dove. No doubt it was so named because of the bird-like shape. It was designed by Igo Etrich in 1910. Rumbler was licensed to build Taubes and did so until 1914, the outbreak of WWI. With more aircraft required for war maneuvers many manufacturers were assigned to build them. It was widely used for observation and training.
Although performance was good by 1910 standards, it could not match the newer machines being put into service. In 1915 it was withdrawn from front line service to be used instead for training. Many variations were produced with a wide variety of power plants ranging from 70 to 120 horse power. Speed ranged from 50 to 75 mph depending on the engine.
The silhouette of the Taube has always intrigued me so I decided to build a semi-scale model of it. A fine three way view is included in Kenneth Munson's fine book 'Fighters 1914-19.'
Plans were drawn up to a size suitable for a .19 to .45 engine. This model is not scale as can readily be seen if it is compared to a three view of it. The real one has a very large wing and hundreds of feet of rigging, some of which could be added for better scale effect. The wingspan is 56 inches which gives good sport flying performance. Since the real Taube did not have ailerons (it was a wing warper) none are used on the model. They could be added if desired but the wing shape does not easily lend itself to them... "
Taube, MAN, January 1971.
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