Re: Plywood Fokker D-VII Redux

Matt Bittner (
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 07:09:17 -0500

On 2 Nov 95 at 21:21, Bill Shatzer typed diligently:

> 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 photo of the Albatros-built machine shows a distinctive "break",
about where a "normal" D.VII would break between the "main" fuselage,
and the panels around the engine. However, as another "mystery",
there are *no* louvres on the port side - the side the photo was
taken of. There also appears to be "attachment screws", or whatever
you want to call them, that appear to hold one of the engine panels
down. This engine panel is the "semi-circular" one again, like
"normal" D.VII's.


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