Plywood Fokker D-VII Redux

Bill Shatzer (
Thu, 2 Nov 1995 21:21:58 -0800

Well, I just dug out my _old_ Profile Publications on the D.VII
and it has a different photo of the infamous 'plywood Fokker'
and, I think I'm going to have to eat my words. (Chomp!)

The photo ain't of the highest quality but it is from
the frontal 3/4 view and it sure as heck looks like there are
_no_ metal panels around the engine at all! The fuselage seems
to be continuous plywood from the rear of the radiator all the
way back - no apparent break or panel line at the 'firewall'
like there is on 'normal' Fokkers. The only thing breaking up
the 'clean' run from nose to tail seems to be a round hatch or
inspection port on the starboard side about even with the
rear center strut.

S-o-o-o-o, all those things I said about not being able to use
plywood around the engine 'cause of heat problems? - never mind!

The mystery continues. Cheers,

Bill Shatzer - - -