May 21st, 2013, 13:27
...but as the title indicates it is a thread about the paintlkit, I thought you wouldn't mind that I used to thread to mention I made some use of the piantkit as well :running:
In August 1917 two prototypes of the Fokker tri-plane were delivered. The 102/17 went to Manfred von Richthofen and 103/17 was delivered to Werner Voss. Von Richthofen was not impressed, mainly because it was slower than the Albatross D.V it should replace and handed the aircraft over to Kurt Wolff. Although van Richthofen initially disliked the aircraft he made scored two victories with the 102/17. On 15 September Wolff was killed in this aircraft in a dogfight with Norman MacGregor.
Aircraft number 103/17 was flown by Werner Voss who was impressed by maneuverability of the aircraft and later convinced von Richthofen about the qualities of the aircraft. The "face" on the engine cover is based on the images on Japanese flighter kites, which Voss used to fly with his cousins in Krefeld. The aircraft was equipped with a French Le Rhône engine which was more reliable than the German Oberursel copy. Voss was killed in this aircraft on 23 September after a fight with six aces from RAF 56 squadron.
The aircraft were delivered in an overall turquoise finish with olive brush strokes over the upper surfaces. There is a lot of discussion about the colour of the engine and wheel covers. Some sources claim they were painted in the unit colour (yellow). However I haven't been able to find one single picture which supports this claim.