[WWI] MvR Fokker D.VII?????

JAMES GAGNON gagnonjamie at rogers.com
Mon Feb 28 16:48:31 EST 2005

Thanks Diego,

How do you model linoleum in 1/48? Was it the kind applied in a roll or in 
square pieces? How do you show that characteristic wear that occurs where 
the top layer gets worn away and the tar interior shows? Was it waxed?
Was there any ugly yellow build up since Future floor finish was clearly not 

Wouldn't a single 65 HP engine be a little lonely in all that space? Maybe 
there were two in tandem? Built by Roland who??

> Jamie!
>> MvR had received a Fokker D.VII before he was killed, according to 
>> several of my limited sources.
> Indeed. He received a custom-built  Fokker D.VII with 65 HP Hiero engine 
> built by Roland, covered not in linen, but in jet black linoleum, on the 
> belief that this would improve the airplane speed.
>> Is the serial number known?
> Unfortunately, being the aircraft covered in black material, the serial 
> number couldn't be disclosed, not even in the several Lumiere colour 
> plates that were taken while in storage on the fledging Richthofen theme 
> restaurants that appeared just after April 1918.
>> Had the airplane been painted in his colours? If so which parts of the 
>> plane were red? And of course what the finish of the rest?
> At least all the interior surfaces, including those of the bottom of the 
> seat and the rear of the instrument panel, were painted Crimson red with a 
> pinch of vegemite green, for taste and durability.
>> Were any Fokker D.VIIs delivered with Maltese crosses?
> Even more, it was delivered with a Maltese falcon, but that's a whole 
> different story.
> D.
> Bibliography: Enciclopaedia Fernettica, Tome XVGY under the title "French 
> Nouvelle Cuisine pour les chasseurs de tétes" 

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