Tummelisa 52" N069

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Tummelisa 52"  Hannes Illipe

Scale: 1/6
Prop: 14x7
Channels: R/E/A/T
Wheels: Balsa Ply w Neo Tires
Wingspan: 52"
Airfoil Type: flat bottomed
Wing Area: 586 sq in
Cowl: built up balsa and plywood
Designer: M.K. Bengtson
Weight: 54 oz
Spinner: N/A
Power System: Direct Drive AXI 2820

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  • Removable wing construction
  • Scale dihedral with ailerons
  • Box front fuselage, built up rear
  • Built up cowl design
  • Plywood IP struts


"Tummelisa" is the most well-known and successful design of FVM at Malmen, Sweden. The first of these trainers flew in June 1919. It was designed by Henry Kjellson. This aircraft was given the name "Tummeliten" (Little Tom Thumb), but the pilots preferred to call it "Tummelisa", the name of Tom's female counterpart. Some sources indicate that they chose this name due to the tendency of the Tummelisa to turn over on her back in a nose over landing. The Tummelisa was powered by a Thulin rotary 90hp A-engine. Thirty Tummelisas were built from 1919 through 1933. The length of service indicates that the design was very successful. When the Swedish Air Force was established in 1926, the Tummelisa was given the designation "Ö 1" (Övningsplan 1, Advanced Trainer 1). The safety record of the Tummelisa is remarkable as no one is known to have perished flying one.