Re: Fokker streaky finish

Matt Bittner (
Wed, 29 Nov 1995 07:55:05 -0500

On 29 Nov 95 at 12:52, typed diligently:

> > Have there been any threads on the subject?
> > If not, we ought to start one.
> >First, do you know definitively how olive streaking was done on real
> aircraft?
> >I mean was it even done the same way on every plane or every time?
> I don't recall us ever discussing this at any length, and I agree it's
> worth a thread, so I tender his questions for discussion.
> I'm also interested to hear how anyone else tackles this finish. For what
> it's worth, I start with a coat of enamel "linen colour", and add
> streaking to taste with artists acrylics mixed to taste (yum), followed
> by a coat of (our equivalent of) Future. At least it lets me mess up
> frequently and still get another chance!

If I remember correctly, all planes were done in about the same
procedure. Once the linen was doped, then the Fokker factory "team"
would put on the "olive" with a brush (I believe) 8 cm wide. They
would "charge the brush" (get paint on it), then paint until the
brush was "empty", "charge" the brush again, and start where they
left off. Sometimes the "re-charge" was more frequent than others,
that's why you see some planes very "streaky" with a lot of linen
showing, and some that were practically all olive.

I've done almost the same as Shane has: I start with the "linen
color", then add a gloss overcoat before streaking, then another
gloss overcoat before decaling. HTH.


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, semi-new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska
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