About the PlaneSantos-Dumont Demoiselle (the Damselfly) - the fact that the designer made the plans a public property made the plane very popular. It is considered to be the first ultra light plane in the history even though its design derives from 1909. Its weight did not exceed 140 kilogramms in most cases.
The Demoiselle had a very unique control system; the pilot used the wheel to turn left and right, while altitude control was executed with the control stick. When it comes to banking - pilot`s jacket had a socket attached to its back which accepted a rod placed just behind the pilot. In order to bank pilot had to move right or left. The engine control employed a "socket" that was attached to the pilot`s shoe and then directly to the carburator. Many different types of engines were used. My model depicts one with a Dutheil & Chalmers 35 HP. Bamboo rods, linen, and many other materials were used in the construction of the aircraft.
The Model This is my first scratch built model. Even though it`s far from perfect I had a lot of fun building it.
I used the thin strips of wood for the wings, ailerons and rudder construction and they were covered with tissue. The rest of the construction is evergreen rods and profiles. The propeller is hand carved.
The rigging is fishing line with home made turnbuckles.