Saturday, February 9, 2013

Fokker D.VII (OAW) 1/32: Part 2

Continuing on with the Wingnut Wings Fok D.VII (OAW). Minor progress this week...just put the engine in.

I also have one other photo of the plane's pilot, Fritz Schliewen. Here is a group photo of Jasta 6 pilots in the late summer of 1918. Schliewen, who would have been 20 or 21 years old at the time, is identified as the pilot 4th from the right.

This is a 21-piece model of the Daimler-Mercedes 180hp D.IIIa engine. The fit and engineering is excellent.

And the current state of the interior assembly...comin' along. Fuselage halves are next!

'Til next time.


  1. I'm more of a Albatross man myself, but I do enjoy a nice Fokker here and there.

  2. Fantastic. We are adding details to our full scale DVII (its temporary static display) and this interior is extremely helpful in educating how things laid out, especially the empty belt box that the empty belt tubes fed into. Answered one of my questions about the top of the box...there was no top, not needed.

  3. Kevin: I am having an issue with wingnut wings, with all that detail they fall short on the machine gun installation. They include empty belt tubes that come out of the left side of the guns and go forward at and angle to feed the empty belt bin (although I don't know if they actually fit properly) but what they don't include is the empty cartridge trays into which the cartridges are thrown out through a hole in the receiver and then are guided out by the curved trays over the top deck into the slipstream to sail just below and past the cockpit on either side. ALL DVII's and DR 1's had them and they are visible once the model is completed. Would be awesome to see these guns installed even if temporary on this currently exposed interior.

  4. HooDoo,

    OK, will try to accommodate you here. Stay tuned.

  5. Very Cool Kevin! Let me know if I can help. One of the most useful references are the pair of guns in the Australian pictures of MvR from his Dr 1 as they show the belt tubes (note the forward rake and the empty cartridge trays (I call them trays, just curved plates of metal attached to the guns to just catch the cartridges flying out of the front of the receiver and direct them to the sides of the aircraft where they flow by the pilot. The belt chutes were attached by screws to the left side of the gun and the curved plates were had a bracket that slipped into the right side slot that was also used for the trommel belt holder on the ground guns. This is why they are rarely seen today as they were cumbersome came off easily. Many guns survived but only a few trays and hardly any of the belt tubes survived.