Rumpler Taube (oz5312)
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Rumpler Taube. Rubber scale model.
Quote: "MOST GRACEFUL FIGHTING SHIP! Taube is the German name for the Dove - the age-old symbol of Peace! But this deceiving dove-ship of the War proved to be a veritable vulture of Mars! For the Taube blazed a trail of death through the war-slashed skies. So in building this model of the Taube, prepared especially for you by Henry Struck, you'll be adding to your model collection the most bird-like plane ever to take the air.
Dove of War - The Taube.
AT the outset of the World War, military aviation was confined mainly to scouting, artillery spotting, and haphazard bombing operations. The airplane was still a comparatively frail structure, and required the greater part of the pilot's efforts to keep her under control.
It didn't take long for the warring nations to realize that the airplane, further developed than it was at the time, held great possibilities as a war machine. And Germany in particular, began to look around for ma-chines worthy of further work.
A design created in 1910 by Igo Etrich, an Austrian experimenter, was selected as the basis of the German Air Service, in view of the fine performance the ship had given as a sport plane. The wings - of what was known as the 'Zanonia' type - were swept back as seen from the top, and incorporated a considerable amount of washout in the tips.
A unique girder-like system was used on the under-side of the wing, in addition to several regulation brace wires running to the top of a pylon above the cockpits. A long graceful tail was mounted between the divided rudders.
These features, emphasizing the trend of the day to make the airplane as birdlike in design as possible, made it most appropriate to call Herr Etrich's design the 'Taube,' which in English means the dove! The new air service ships were built by several different factories, and the Tauben from the respective plants embodied various changes in motor, landing gear fir fuselage that distinguished them from one another, both in appearance and performance. The earliest types made about 65 mph, while the best did almost 100 mph and were fully the equal of such Allied ships as the Nieuports, Moranes and B.E.'s.
The first months of the war saw no actual combats in the air. And enemy airmen passed each other with a smile and informal salutes as they carried out observation assignments. A more serious minded Taube pilot, however, is said to have heaved a half-brick over the side at a Frenchman one day. Perhaps his breakfast coffee hadn't agreed with him! Anyway, that ended the brotherhood of the airmen.
For the next day the Allied pilot returned with a pistol, and took a pot shot at the wielder of the Irish confetti. Soon, rifles and hand grenades and other ground weapons, were blasting away. And the brass-hats behind the lines suddenly woke up to the fact that the airplane had more to do than just spy upon the enemy - it also had to keep the enemy from spying in return. Se feverish activity lightened the machine gun for aerial use, and the bloody struggle was officially carried into the air..."
Quote: "Hi Steve, Since it's by Henry Struck, I would have expected this plan to be up already. But apparently it isn't. It's from the September 1937 Flying Aces. Span is about 22 inches."
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