Re: Fokker D VII data needed

Mick Fauchon (
Fri, 25 Aug 1995 13:56:26 +1000 (EST)

Hi, Jess,

I'm working on Kraut's DVII at the moment myself, and there
are a couple of problems with the colour scheme. *As far as I know* there
is only one photo extant, which [of course] is not entirely clear. I'm
posting from work at the moment, so all my stuff is at home, but there
was a colour drawing of that aircraft in a mag. I bought recently, and
even that is at considerable variance with the photo.
I'll try to get back to you from home over the weekend, but I'd
be interested in comparing notes on what you've got.
BTW, I'll be using the Revell kit------I've got a soft spot
for it 80)

> Im building a 1/48 scale DML kit. I wish to model the DVII of
> Lt. Kraut of Jasta 4. The reference I have (Superscale Decal sheet 48-150)
> indicates that the streaked green fuselage extends past the leading edge of the
> lower wing to the forward wheel strut. The painting reference shows engine
> panel detail extending along the bottom edge of the fuselage past the forward
> wheel strut to the middle of the lower wing (like latter DVII's).

Not quite sure what you mean.

> It seems to me that the streaked green would only extend to the linen
> on the fuselage. Thus I wonder if the engine panel detail should be removed.
> I understand that early DVII's had smaller side engine panels that only
> extended to the forward wheel strut along the bottom edge. Thus it seems
> plausible that this could be one of these earlier machines.

Certainly the ventilation panels were modified and extended on
later aircraft, and varied according to manufacturer, but the basic metal
cowl structure was retained.... and was sometimes painted with the same
olive colour as the fabric.
Again, we'd need to look at a particular aircraft.

> ANY help you all could give me would be tremendously appreciated 8^)

Likewise. I'll get back to you.



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