I have started this thread because of the things that Application of printed fabrics.
has brought to light on the D.VII’s. I didn’t want to distract from that thread so I have started this new one.
Now that I have been look at the leading edge for the strip of fabric on my Dr.I photos I have been noticing that some of the Dr.I’s have a darker strip on the leading edge. I would like to discuss this with you to see what we can come up with.
Things that we should discussing are:
1) What color is this strip?
2) Is this strip just painted or is this an extra fabric strip that is painted?
3) At what point did this start appearing?
4) Why was it added?
5) If painted how did the edges became straight and even after painting the top and bottom surface of the wing.
6) If the strip is fabric then was it put on after the wings were painted?
7) Was the strip pre-colored?
I would like to hold off on the rib tape until we work on this first.
Here is a list of Dr.I’s that I can see the leading edge strip on. If you know of any please add them too.
217/17 – Accepted on January 25, 1918
218/17 – Accepted on December 15, 1917
436/17 - Accepted on January 12, 1918
472/17 - Accepted on unknown
474/17 - Accepted on unknown
475/17 - Accepted on unknown
504/17 – Accepted on unknown
521/17 – Accepted on unknown
525/17 – Accepted on unknown
I have photos that show the uneven top/bottom line that in-between the listings above. So the presences of these are sporadic and I don’t think that it was consistent after a certain date. So why the different styles during the build at the Fokker factory.
Here is the leading edge on 160/17. This is an example of the uneven painted edge that is on the earlier Dr.I’s .
All photos here are courtesy of Terry Phillips and Peter Grosz, thanks for your help…
Here is the first Dr.I (217/17) that has this darker stripe. Is this the first one that was made this way? Dan-San has says “What you are seeing is the olive brown join with the skyblue/turquiose at the leading edge. Above is the light reflecting off of the curved upper surface of the leading edge.” And “I have yet to see a photo that shows the evidence of rib or leading taping.”. Taz has said “The Dr.I used both leading edge and rib tapes on some aircraft and rib tapes on all aircraft.”. So what do you think?:
Here is 218/17, please note that this stripe is extremely even, if this was painted then how is this done to make the edges so straight? If the strip is fabric then was it put on after the wings were painted? Was the strip pre-colored?
Here is a photo of 451/17. The dark stripe in not noticeable but in the middle of the wing can be seen two faint lines located in the darker section as if there was a additional leading edge fabric strip.
Photo no. 4
Here is a photo of 504/17. This is the top wing and the darker stripe can be seen in the white cross field.
504/17 again but a close up of the middle wing.
This should get us started in figuring out if this was painted or a added fabric strip.