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    Exclamation Not what you want to see if you were flying a British plane in WW1

    The title says it all!

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    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
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    Ouch?
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Still far batter than A-10 in these days Anyway, it is a perfect shot

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    Magnificent!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    If the pilot sees the Fokker D.VII this way, a collision should occur. Draw a C damage card.
    But from a two seater observer point a view, drop your camera and grab your machine gun. Urgently !

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    First and last glimpse - he's in your blind spot and you're already dead

    Its supposed to be an early-Fokker built DVII finished in the markings of the classic 286/18 flown by Jasta 11 ace Willi Gabriel. Part of The Vintage Aviator Collection. It is fitted with a new build Mercedes engine. Here it is at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, NZ. Picked this angle for the tail detail.

    See this for comments on the build: http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=72388
    Last edited by flash; 04-20-2021 at 02:16.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    a brilliant photo and a bit frightening as well

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    Excellent "tittle" and nice pic Barry !

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    Excellent pic to begin with, and a nice follow-up!
    Last edited by zenlizard; 04-20-2021 at 04:36.

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    Love the pictures, here is one I bought over 45 years ago of some Fokker D-7s.
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    Tring to rotate do not know how, still love the picture.
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    Great pics Barry & Dave, and cartoon is hilarious. Come to think of it, shouldn't all pilots have clown makeup on? Asking for a friend...........

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    The D.VII Picture is fantastic, liked the cartoon as well, reminds me of ‘Stop The Pigeon’

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    Is this a painting? The lines are so crisp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gully_raker View Post
    Not what you want to see if you were flying a British plane in WW1.
    Actually, any allied pilot must have feared to be in such a position.
    German pilots in Fokker D.VII attacked any allied planes, not only the British ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monse View Post
    Actually, any allied pilot must have feared to be in such a position.
    German pilots in Fokker D.VII attacked any allied planes, not only the British ones.
    Quite true; they were equal-opportunity attackers
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Super photographs, Barry and Dave!

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    Its all been said - nice, very nice, all of the images. Does anyone know just how accurate those colours are in the tail view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Its all been said - nice, very nice, all of the images. Does anyone know just how accurate those colours are in the tail view?
    I've seen variations from red to yellow stripes and bits in between but most fall in the orange hue, then again, does anyone know for sure how accurate the colours were on anything in WW1 ?! This is a TVAL aircraft and they usually try to get as close as they can.
    This is an example of 1/48 scale decals showing off the Gabriel stripes, along with others.


    We have a couple in here: https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/sh...allenge-VOTING!!
    Last edited by flash; 04-23-2021 at 08:56.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    As A WW1 allied pilot I'd much prefer to see it as in the second photo. Nice pics guys!
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill



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