I'm no expert, but I believe there are many sources that show VIICs had netcutters. EARLY perhaps, witht hem being modified and/or dropped, but still, I believe plenty of early VIICs had netcutters. I'm searching for references now, but I wouldn't panic.
Also, Generally most of the camo boats were north boats, but there were some cool patterns out there.,
Also as an aside, it would be cool to make the revekll into a VIIB...
I'll see what I can find, or at least point you in the right direction.