Originally Posted by berman
Harry Gwynne's Nieuport 24bis has clear doped linen wings and horizontal stabilizer. An earlier thread displays a photograph of his "Flying Fish". The shadow of the upper wing insignia is clearly seen. I think the fuselage was standard factory silver that was painted with fish scales(logical color would be green) as the scales seem to be outlined in silver.
Does someone have a plausible explanation as why the wings are CDL when standard 24bis Nieuport wings were factory painted silver? As the Flying Fish was a trainer, it would not have required recovering the wings due to battle damage. Also highly unlikely that the wings and tail surfaces would have needed recovering due to age deterioration as it was not in service for a very long period.
The clear doped wings may only have been a step in the completion of the Flying fish motif, I have a few photos that show the upper and lower surfaces of the wing finished in a very ornate pattern. It looks as though the wings would have had to be removed in order to finish the underside around the cockpit area, and since it was coming off for the art work why not replace the wing covering.