Re: Albatros D-III colors

C.P. Hart (
Tue, 10 Oct 1995 09:46:08 +0000

Bill Felton raises another interesting point:

>And this raises the question I've only heard alluded to in the past --
>what do we know/what can we find out about German manufacturers [and
>import sources?] of: varnish, shellac, paint, cloth, wood... ?
>I have a vague recollection of hearing both that there was only one
>German source for the official hex fabric? and that the precise
>data on their dies was lost? What of paint/varnish/shellac/dies in general?
>What is left of German industrial and business history of the war years
>to allow us to cross check from that angle?
>Has anyone done so, or begun to have done so? (This seems like a
>project worth underwriting...)

A few years ago the Museum fur Verkehr und Technik (MVT) in Berlin
undertook to produce "replica" lozenge fabric. The result of this work is
indistinguishable from the original. Extensive research was conducted by
one member of that team which resulted in the replica fabric being produced
in the same manner as the original. While a report of this research was
supposedly produced (German text) I have seen no indication of its having
been published or even made available to anyone outside of the MVT group.
Thus the knowledge exists, it just hasn't been made available.