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STAMPE & VERTONGEN Museum

 

Antwerp Airport

Box 3

2100 Deurne

 

www.stampe.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The

FOKKER D.VII

Project

The museum initiated this project in 2004 when the aircraft arrived at Antwerp Airport.

The aircraft will be restored to flying condition and painted in the colours of Jean Stampe's "Ecole d'Aviation Anvers" or Antwerp Flying School.

The original aircraft was part of the war spoils acquired by the Belgian Government as compensation for the losses during World War I.

Jean Stampe bought one of these aircraft and used it in his Flying School which he founded in 1923 at Antwerp Airport. He knew out of his own experience during the war that there was need for a good pilot training. The aircraft did not the job as it should and in the end Jean Stampe and his friend Maurice Vertongen started building their own aircraft resulting in the by now World famous Stampe-Vertongen SV.4

 

December 2004 : The Project is now in the stage where the wings will be painted in the German camouflage colours of 1918 and the fuselage will be covered.

The painting of the registration and bottom wing has started on 15/12/2004.

April 2007 : Both top and bottom wing were mounted on 20/04/2007 and an engine test was performed with success.

May 2007 : The O-BOBE was presented to the public during the 17th Stampe Fly In. The day before we took some nostalgic shots...

 

Photo's : Carl Gootzen, Paul Soons, Dirk Buytaert & Bob Rongé

All loaded and ready for transport at Midden Zeeland (NL)

Arrival at Antwerp airport

The aircraft arrived by lorry from Midden Zeeland, The Netherlands

The aircraft just after unloading the truck

The 'recovery' crew: (left-to-right) Willem Rongé;Bob Rongé, Frans Truyens, Willy the driver and Carl Gootzen

The engine being lifted out of the fuselage

Partly dismantled fuselage

Carl and Bob inspecting the dismantling of the aircraft

An empty shell

Removing the paint form the engine bay

The resprayed fuselage

The wheels added

General view of the workshop. In the front the D.VII's wings with the old colourscheme.

The underside of the bottom wing being prepared to receive the O-BOBE registration (10/12/04)

The German cross on the tail completely removed (10/12/04)

Walter removing the German cross with a hairdryer (10/12/04)

Marking out the registration O-BOBE with tape on the underside of the lower wing

Preparing the registration

The first letters ready painted

The other three letters painted in black

The template used to mark out the checkered colours on the wing and fuselage

Fernand colouring the first patches... it's inder way now

Painting the engine covers

The result of the paint job

Looks good, doesn't it?

27/12/2004: painting on the wheel base has started

27/12/2004 : Willem Rongé removing the previous lettering from the engine covers with a hairdryer

27/12/2004 : Hugo doing his part of the painting

27/12/2004 :

27/12/2004 : some green spots put in place

27/12/2004 : Bob having a go at the green paint

27/12/2004 : Dirk working with the 'sticky' tape

27/12/2004 : A large part already done

27/12/2004 : Bob at work

27/12/2004 : Fernand marking out the colour patches

27/12/2004 :

27/12/2004 : The wheelbase

27/12/2004 :

27/12/2004 :

27/12/2004 : Fernand and the finishing touch

27/12/2004 : Looks great doesn't it

27/12/2004 :

28/12/2004 : Willem and Dirk wrestling with the colour pattern.

28/12/2004 : and Bob giving his point of view on the matter

28/12/2004 : Bob painting ...

28/12/2004 : ... and painting

28/12/2004 : One side of the bottom wing nearly finished

28/12/2004 : a last shot before the end of the year.

04/01/05 : The finishing touch applied by Dirk

22/01/2005 : The nearly finished bottom wing

22/01/2005 : The nearly finished bottom wing

25/01/2005 : Walter disconnecting the tailplane

25/01/2005 : Two for one and one for all....

25/01/2005 : Seems to be a heavy job

01/02/2005 : Raymond inspecting the tailplane: we heard a strange noise....

01/02/2005 : we had to cut open the canvas and found some more butterfly nests.

8/2/2005 : The bottom wing now in complete new livery with Stampe's O-BOBE registration

12/02/2005 : one side of the taiplane completed

12/02/2005

12/02/2005

12/02/2005

19/02/2005 : The tailplane got its 'civilian' look

03/03/2005 : removing the old paint from the top wing is a time consuming job.

06/04/2005 : Carl and Raymond preparing the fuselage for covering

06/04/2005

06/04/2005

06/04/2005: applying the cloth

06/04/2005

06/04/2005 : one side of the fuselage now covered

06/04/2005

06/04/2005 : Paul Soons and Willem Rongé marking out

06/04/2005

06/04/2005

06/04/2005 : meanwhile the others are painting the top wing in its new livery

06/04/2005

06/04/2005 : looking for forgotten spots

06/04/2005 : the now completed tailplane

06/04/2005

09/04/2005 : Raymond working on the fuselage

09/04/2005 : the fuselage now nearly completely covered except for the underside.

09/04/2005 :Raymond restoring some patches on the underside of the top wing.

09/04/2005 : the underside of the top wing still has to be painted

17/04/2005 : the bottom wing is being painted. A litlle 'battle damage' (inset with different pattern) is also added.

17/04/2005 : the now covered fuselage has been doped. The camouflage pattern has been set out and the first green spots have been applied.

20/04/2005 : the fuselage gets its coloured spots...

20/04/2005 : 1 colour to go on the top wings underside

27/04/2005 : underside of the fuselage now completed

27/04/2005 : so is one of the sides

27/04/2005 :

27/04/2005 :

27/04/2005 : The fake registration has been applied to the fuselage

27/04/2005 : finishing the top wing's underside

27/04/2005 : looks great doesn't it?

8/05/2005 : the top wing is now completed

8/05/2005 : O-BOBE's wing in full glory

8/05/2005

25/06/2005 : Engine being prepared for mounting onto the DVII

25/06/2005 : engine brought into position

25/06/2005 :

25/06/2005 : start to look like an aircraft...

25/06/2005 :

25/06/2005 : the engine in full glory

25/06/2005 :

25/06/2005 :

25/06/2005 : with the aircraft in position t will only take some minutes (or that's what we thought...)

25/06/2005 : yes, nearly

25/06/2005 : finishing the job

20/04/2007 : re-assembling the pieces

19/05/2007 : this is a big aeroplane

19/05/2007 : view from above

19/05/2007 : it takes a lot of pushing and pulling to move this plane

19/05/2007 : is this why the Germans lost the war in the end?

19/05/2007 : just like it was in the thirties

19/05/2007 : Fokker meets Fokker... an age difference of some 90 years

19/05/2007 : a nest of Fokkers

19/05/2007 : posing in front of the museum

19/05/2007 : rear view

19/05/2007 : the gang that worked on the restoration, although some are missing

20/05/2007 : a proud owner (Karel Bos) and a happy technician (Hans Van Egmont) posing with the nearly completed Fokker

 

 

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