Re: Plywood Fokker D-VII Redux

Jess Stuart (
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 10:03:05 -0800 (PST)

> 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.

Are there any flat metal panels on the sides of the fuselage?
In other words, is there only a metal panel on top of the engine?

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