What amazing work; you are to be applauded sirrah!
What, pray, is the German stubby job imaged below the fabric-less DVII?
Looks like it was created by the design department at Fisher-Price!
That model represents the Deutsche Flugzeugwerke GmbH (DFW) T28 Floh (Flea), a prototype fighter of late 1915.
It was designed by Hermann Dorner, the Chief Engineer of the Flugzeugwert Lübeck Travemünde Company, which was a branch of DFW.
The aircraft was intended to be a high speed fighter to replace the current front line fighters.
Hermann Dorner later designed several successful Hannover aircraft, including the CL.II two seater aircraft of 1917.
Originally the ’DFW T28 was to achieve high speed by reducing drag through less reliance on rigging and supporting wing struts.
The initial design included cantilever wings with no support struts and internal wing fuel tanks and radiators, internal control for ailerons, no engine external exhaust stubs.
The engine and a single machine gun were to be fitted inside the fuselage.
However, by the time it reached prototype stage, official disapproval meant that it required more standard wing design with rigging and support struts, although less than contemporary aircraft of the period.
The nickname ’Flea’ came about due to the small size of the aircraft and its general appearance.
Its specifications were:
Length 4.5 m (14ft 9in)
Wingspan 6.5 m (21ft 4in)
Wing Area 15 m² (160 sq ft)
Empty Weight 420 kg (926 lb)
Gross Weight 650 kg (1,442 lb)
Maximum Speed 180k/h (112 mph)
Engine Mercedes D.I water cooled in-line piston 75 kW (100 hp)
Propeller manufactured by ‘Behrend & Ruggebrecht’ (‘Axial’ decals used)
Weapon single fixed 7.92 LMG 08/15 Spandau synchronised machine gun.
The final construction of the aircraft was as a single bay (parallel struts) bi-plane of linen on wood structure and was fitted with a small, fixed undercarriage.
The in-line engine drove a two bladed propeller at the nose of the aircraft (tractor not pusher).
Initially the aircraft was fitted with a non-balanced elevator, but initial test flight, was modified with an aerodynamically balanced elevator.
The DFW T28 attained a top speed of 180 k/h (112 mph), which exceed the maximum speed of the front line fighters at the time, such as the Fokker Eindecker series.
However it proved difficult to land, due to its small and narrow fixed undercarriage, the height of the thin cross sectioned fuselage and the fact that the pilot was seated high in the fuselage and had bad forwards/downwards visibility.
This soon became apparent when, on the first flight, the aircraft was damaged after an extremely hard landing.
Despite achieving its primary aim of high speed flight, unresolved problems, poor pilot visibility and frail undercarriage, resulted in the aircraft not being accepted by the Military Commission for production into service.