DFS Stummel Habicht Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 6 m (19.69 feet) or 8 m (26.25 feet)
Wing Span: 12.5 cm (4.92 inches) or 16.67 cm (6.56 inches)
Length: 13.7 cm (5.4 inches)
DFS Stummel Habicht Sailplane. 1936 German aerobatic glider. 
Deutsche-Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug-built 1930s-40s open cockpit, gull-wing sailplane, short span (stummel) variants intended to train Me 163 rocket plane pilots. 
Full resin kit with cockpit interior, optional 6m or 8m span wings and vacuum formed windscreens. Decals and color painting notes for 2 aircraft in Luftwaffe service.

In 1936 the German designer Hans Jacobs constructed for DFS (Deutsche Forschungsanstalt for Segelflug) a special aerobatic sailplane called the Habicht.  For aerobatic performance at the Olympic games in Berlin four examples of the Habicht were built.  The performances of the aerobatic pilots O. Brautigam, L. Hofmann and H. Huthe led by the famous Hanna Reitsch were met at the Olympic games with enormous applause.  In 1938 Hanna Reitsch performed in the Habicht at the Cleveland Air Races.  In 1942 at the Hirt company the production of the Habicht sailplanes started on teh base of DFS's plans.  Fifteen Habichts were built with an adapted tail area and thirty five Stummel Habicht sailplanes in two versions, differing by a span shortened to 8 or 6 meters.  These sailplanes were destined for training of future pilots of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket fighters.

Technical data
Span: 13.6 m or 8 m or 6 m
Length: 6.58 m
Minimum Speed: 60 km/h
Maximum speed: 420 km/h
Glide Ratio: 19.4:1 at 80 km/h
Minimum Sink Rate: 1.06 m/s at 67 km/h

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book: "Hans Jacobs designed the Habicht as a fully aerobatic sailplane for the air displays planned in conjunction with the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin."  This is a model of the full 13.6 m span version of the glider.  Other models are available of the 8 m and 6 m span "Stummel Habicht" versions which were used as trainers for Me 163 rocket-powered fighters.

Note: The artistic drawing above does not seem to me to be to scale in regard to the wing span.  You can see just how short the wings are in the scans of the parts pictures.

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  • Brand: Planet Models
  • Product Code: Planet-DFS-Habicht-Stummel
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $37.00

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