|Histoire résumée||In 1944 G. Blessing constructed his 'Kobold' on these principles. As no steel tubing was available. it was constructed in wood. Its performance approximated that of the 'Rhön Bussard.' On landing, after a cross·country, it could be dismantled by two men. The rear fnselage folded forwards over the front fuselage. The outer wing sections folded under the inner wing sections, and both folded along the fuselage. The landing wheel was then displaced to the side of the fuselage and an additional landing wheel, carried in the locker, was placed on the other side of the fuselage to give a wheel track of 80 cm. A cover with inflatable sections is then drawn over the complete sailplane which protects it during transport. The pilot can then pun his sailplane by hand to the nearest railway station, or mire a bicycle or a|
motor bicycle to tow it home. Its dimensions when dismantled are: length 3 m., width 1.05 m., height 1.35 m., total weight 121) kg. Of this the ' transport' parts (spare wheel, cover. transport attachments weigh only 10 kg.).
It is thus possible to store it in any room, cellar or attic. It can be taken to the launching field by hand as it is nothing more than a two-wheeled wheel-barrow, or towed by a bicycle, or if it is very far away, a motor cycle can be hired to tow it.
He built the Kobold, which probably had a performance similar to that of the Rhönbussard and looked somewhat like Sproule and Ivanoff's Camel. On landing, the pilot could fold the fuselage in half and the wings into four pieces; with the addition of a spare wheel the whole thing was turned into a two-wheeled wheelbarrow measuring 3 x 1 x 1.35 metres and weighing 275 lb; he could then pull it by hand to the nearest railway station. An inflatable cover protected it from rough handling in the luggage van, and an integral tow-bar permitted it alternatively to be towed by motor cars or even motor cycles in the normal manner.