The Lippisch DM-1 was an
experimental glider which should give some results for the planned
ramjet-fighter Lippisch P.13a. There were three different designs of the DM-1.
Only the third concept was built, with the large vertical stabilizer, including
the canopy (see the HUMA-kit 2511). The glider should have been made by the
Akaflieg Darmstadt (Akaflieg = Group of young students, who design, build and
fly gliders and motor planes). After the facilities of the Akaflieg Darmstardt
were destroyed in a bombing raid, the project was moved to the Akaflieg Munich
and both groups worked on the project till the end of war.
Bird models (ebay-shop)
offers the first two, never realized versions of the DM-1 (Entwurf 1 & 2) as
resin kits. The first version was planned with a bubble canopy and a small
I wanted to show my
model airborne and made a simple display and drilled a Ø2mm hole into
the delta wing. Also the pitot tube was built from scratch. As the Akafliegs are
civil organisations, I painted the model with typical colors for civil planes of
this time (light sand brown and light blue). I printed the decals by myself and
sprayed silk, clear varnish over it, after attaching them.
Photos and text © by Thomas Brückelt