Re: Interesting Fok DVII Color Scheme

Jess Stuart (
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 12:12:59 -0700 (PDT)

> > I noticed an interesting picture in Windsock Datafile 9.
> > On page 5 the bottom picture shows the only ply-covered fuselage
> >Fokker DVII built (w/n 2268). The wings and horizontal tail seem to be
> >covered in a small hex pattern lozenge pattern. I can't tell the colors
> >from the BW picture, but the haxagons are small and regular (ie even sided
> >and even angled) much like Naval lozenge. Only the upper wing surface is
> >visible. The fuselage looks like its only laquered (sp?). The work numbers
> >are not visible.
> Neat! I've probably looked at this photo a dozen times and I
> never really noticed this before. I've spent a half hour looking
> at this photo and its like those 3-D pictures - sometimes I see
> the 'hex' pattern and sometimes I'm convinced its just a lozenge
> camouflage with the light playing tricks. There is a photo of the
> Fokker V.38 on page 41 of Nowarra's 'The Fokker Dr.1 and D.VII in
> World War I" which is clearly in some type of lozenge pattern but,
> if you kinda squint, sorta gives the same effect as the photo you
> referenced. And, counting out and scaling out the 'dark' areas
> seems to give about the same spacing.
> But, ultimately, I think you're right - it _is_ some sort of hex pattern.
> So, the question is "why"? AFAIK, Fokker didn't built any naval
> aircraft - why would they have a 'naval-type' fabric pattern fabric
> laying around to cover this aircraft? Is it, in fact, naval 'hex'

The text for this plane states that it was built by a Fokker
subsidiary (Flugzeugwerk Lubeck-Travemnunde), so the the different
lozenge could be explained that way.

> camouflage? It looks just a triffle small to me. Maybe a 'test'

Check the Web page for Jesse Thorn's seaplane - it has small sized
naval hex lozenge.

> And, your observation that the forward 'center-section' strut is mounted
> higher on the fuselage than on a 'normal' D.VII is correct as well -
> again, something I hadn't picked up on before. (it seems to be
> slightly further aft as well) Again, the question is 'why'?
> If you look at the photos of the D.VII with the engine panels removed
> on page 21 of the Datafile, its obvious that the strut has to be
> attached to the curved fuselage 'stringer' (or whatever its called)
> immediately above the straight stringer the forward 'center-section'
> strut is attached to in the 'normal' D.VII. I can't figure out any
> rational reason for this change.

The forward strut position probably has something to do with the
plywood-covered fuselage. The less holes the plywood has the stronger it
is, plus it is easier to mass produce.

  Jess Stuart			"I am Pentium of Borg.  Accuracy is irrelevant				   Prepare to be estimated!"