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  1. Roland C.II 1:32 Wingnut Wings Ever since building the 1:72 Airfix kit as a kid I have liked this aeroplane, with its streamlined shape and 'face'. The real aeroplane was built with the fuselage in 2 halves, just like a plastic kit, which was then fitted over the interior framework to give a very light and strong unit. So it should have a visible join line top and bottom! (The join actually had a strip of fabric doped along it). As is usual with Wingnut Wings the kit was a total pleasure to build from start to finish. Of the 5 colour schemes offered, I had to go with this one as it is the very same that Airfix offered all those years ago. The anemometer on the wing of this aircraft had a canvas and wire fishy fairing attached! Remember the Airfix dogfight Double with the Roland and RE.8? You can do it in 1:32 now! Thanks for looking, John
  2. Roland C.II 1:48 Revell After initially building Albatros two seaters under licence, the Roland company began to look at producing an aircraft of their own design. A lot of effort went in to creating as smooth and low drag a shape as possible, eliminating the cabane struts by mounting the top wing directly on to the top of the fuselage. The fuselage itself was an innovative monocoque construction of layers of thin plywood strips laid over a mould in a criss-cross pattern. Two halves were made (just like a kit!) and joined together around an interior framework. The join line was covered with tape and the whole unit covered with doped on fabric, creating a fuselage with an excellent strength to weight ratio. Nicknamed 'Walfisch' (Whale) the C.II proved to be significantly faster than most other two seaters, and the majority of single seat fighters. View above and behind was excellent, but downward was poor due to the positioning of the pilot high up near the wings, and made the aircraft difficult to land. The tail assembly also suffered from some lack of airflow due to the blanking effect of the fuselage. However, as long as it held on to it's speed advantage it was able to carry out its reconnaissance tasks in relative safety. The C.II and later C.IIa served from the spring of 1916 until mid 1917, latterly in an escort role or employed on troop support/ground attack. Once removed from front line service most Rolands were only to be found in use with training units. The Kit This is a re-boxing by Revell of the Eduard kit. The packaging would indicate the plastic has come direct from Eduard. The Eduard kit was released in 2000 and re-released at regular intervals upto its last release in 2012. There are four main sprues of plastic and a small clear sprue. Construction starts inside the main fuselage with the main glazing being put in place in each fuselage half, followed by some internal fittings including the spare magazines for the rear gunner. This is followed by the gunners compartment being assembled and installed. Next up the pilots compartments is built up and installed. Engine bearers are then installed in front of the pilots area in preparation for the engine. The engine is the next part to be built up and installed. The engine is a multi-part affair including separate exhausts. Due to the construction of the Roland not much of this will be visible once the next step of closing the main fuselage halves is complete. After this is done the scarf ring for the gunner is added along with a side mounted radiator for the engine. Construction then moves onto the wings. Unlike most bi-plane models the lower wing is one part which attaches under the main fuselage, and the top wings are split left/right and attach to each side of the fuselage. One large aerodynamic interplane strut holds the wings apart near the tips. Following the adding of the wings the tail planes and rudder are attached. Control cable attachment points are provided for the rudder, and wing ailerons. To finish off the main undercarriage and tail skid are built up and added to the main fuselage. The main fixed forward firing gun is added to the top of the wing, and the rear gun is also added. The main exhaust is added to the engine and lastly the propeller and hub are added to the front of the aircraft. It is worth a mention that the instructions are the new revel type of 3D CAD renders, and while the include a rigging diagram it is not as clear as the old 3 view drawings. Decals Decals options come for two aircraft. The decals are printed in Italy and are good quality, glossy, with minimal carrier film and should pose no problems. The options are; Western Front Late 1916 3 colour camo (as per the box art) Western Front, Autumn 1916, all over grey Conclusion Price is not normally something mentioned in reviews as it is dependent upon the reader's location and local distribution. However in the UK the Eduard boxing of the kit (albeit in the weekend format with one decal option) is available at a lower price point. If you are looking for more variety in decal options however, then this boxing may well hit the sweet spot, especially when the discounters have got their teeth into it. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  3. Hello All, Just a couple of pictures of the Airfix Roland CII, which I realise I haven't put up here. It checks out well against the old Harborough plans, although I now think those plans are not as accurate as the modern ones. Still, that meant I could do some interior detailing: And I finished it as an early version with a Lewis gun and flying fish anenometer, in a scheme taken from the Wingnuts site: It's a nice little kit and I had fun building it. Unlike most Airfix biplanes of that era, the struttery and wing alignment is very simple - you don't have to get a dozen plastic sticks to point in the same direction! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  4. I've always wanted to do a Roland C.II in 1/72nd scale. I know of the Eduard kit in 1/48th scale, but can a reasonable model be made of the ancient Airfix kit? Thank you very much for any assistance in this quixotic venture! Best Regards, Jason
  5. Roland C.IIa Late 1:32 Wingnut Wings After initially building Albatros two seaters under licence, the Roland company began to look at producing an aircraft of their own design. A lot of effort went in to creating as smooth and low drag a shape as possible, eliminating the cabane struts by mounting the top wing directly on to the top of the fuselage. The fuselage itself was an innovative monocoque construction of layers of thin plywood strips laid over a mould in a criss-cross pattern. Two halves were made (just like a kit!) and joined together around an interior framework. The join line was covered with tape and the whole unit covered with doped on fabric, creating a fuselage with an excellent strength to weight ratio. Nicknamed 'Walfisch' (Whale) the C.II proved to be significantly faster than most other two seaters, and the majority of single seat fighters. View above and behind was excellent, but downward was poor due to the positioning of the pilot high up near the wings, and made the aircraft difficult to land. The tail assembly also suffered from some lack of airflow due to the blanking effect of the fuselage. However, as long as it held on to it's speed advantage it was able to carry out its reconnaissance tasks in relative safety. The C.II and later C.IIa served from the spring of 1916 until mid 1917, latterly in an escort role or employed on troop support/ground attack. Once removed from front line service most Rolands were only to be found in use with training units. An attractive aircraft, many will be familiar with the vintage 1/72 Airfix kit, either in its single issue or 'Dog Fight Double' with wonderful artwork showing it slugging it out with an RE.8 (and what a rare treat it was those days to afford to buy one!). Blue Max and Eduard have both issued the Roland in 1/48 and such is my liking for it that I have examples of both in the stash. Joining them now are two releases from Wingnut Wings in 1/32 covering the 'early' and 'late' production versions. Principle differences were that the late versions had strengthened wings, a forward firing 1MG 08 Spandau, aileron control rods and tubes routed through the wings, a stick type control column, and most noticeably on the very late examples, an enlarged fin. The Kit. The 'late' edition of the kit has been received for review at Britmodeller. Arriving in it's classy black, silver edged box with Steve Anderson's evocative painting of a pair of C.IIa's high up over the western front, this one has been eagerly awaited by many. More than usual the box has a very weighty feel, and no wonder, because when you lift the lid it is absolutely packed with sprues. We already know that Wingnut Wings never disappoint, and anticipation is by now running at fever pitch, so lets take a look! The instruction manual is the familiar fully illustrated high quality document that Wingnut Wings always provide. The 28 pages offer a short write up of the subject, a parts map, 12 construction stages, 5 finishing options, and plenty of original period photographs. Think less 'construction drawings' and more 'reference document to retain after the model is built'. I have never seen better instructions than those provided by Wingnut Wings. And they back them up on their website with more period photographs, hints & tips, and any amendments. Sprue A. Covers the interior frameworks and fittings, all delicately moulded with fine detail from parts such as the dimpled and creased seat cushion, through the ultra fine matrix pattern on the radiators, to the finely fretted framework of the bulkheads. Every part is perfectly formed and free from any flash or sink marks. Sprue B. A real eye catcher this one, holding the fuselage halves and sundry fittings. The lovely shape of the fuselage is captured beautifully, and features cut out louvres on the nose, various other minor 'lumps & bumps' and louvres and vents that you may need to carefully remove depending upon which finishing option you choose. The tail fin will need to be fitted from a choice of the early or later and larger option. On the inside the angled plywood construction is represented and there are a selection of flashed over holes that you may need to drill out according to your chosen option. Several parts on this sprue are marked as not for use, but still the moulding quality of them is exquisite. Details; Sprue C. Two are provided, with the side window and windscreen options. Sprue D. Another double set, these cover the wheels, tail planes, inter plane struts, and smaller parts needed in duplicate. Again some are marked as not for use. Sprue E. Here we have the engine, a Daimler-Mercedes D.III. I have built several of these already as it is common to several other Wingnuts kits. It builds up easily and looks great when all the natural metal parts are finished in Alclad. The only thing I ever add is ignition wiring from the magnetos to the plugs, using fine copper wire. As indicated in the instructions, only two of the props are appropriate to this version - the Axial and the Wolff. Sprues G and G3. These are generic sprues also found in other Wingnut Wings kits. 'G' holds a small set of Parabellum options and ammo drums, whilst G3 is a 'general fittings' set. As well as more props there are various Recce cameras, ladders, flare racks and pistols, radios, a first aid box, and other useful bits and bobs. A lot of this can go to your spares box or be used in a diorama. It is the sort of really useful stuff that you just won't find anywhere else and is a definite bonus to buying this kit. Sprue H. One of two sprues unique to the 'late' version of this kit, this holds the wings, Spandau & roll hoop, bomb rack, and a couple of panels. The early wings had wire trailing edges (which would have produced a 'scalloped' effect) but the late wings did not. Such is Wingnut wings attention to detail that they produced a completely new tool to replicate this, and also moulded the control linkages in relief. Detail of the finely moulded bomb rack; Sprue I. The other one unique to this release. Here we have the cockpit floor, instrument panel, two more choices of exhaust pipes, the 'late' tailfin, and a small selection of levers, pulleys, etc. Photo etch. Pilots and Observers seatbelts, gunsights and jackets for the machine guns. Decals. Printed by Cartograf on an A4 sized sheet all the options are covered, with a section common to all and largely consisting of instrument faces, stencils etc. Various Eisenkreuz are provided with and without white square backgrounds according to which option you choose. A nice touch is that option A is provided with a choice of black or red fuselage bands, as it is not clear from the period black & white photographs which were used. As the instructions also include a photo you can make your own interpretation. The printing is beautifully sharp, and is especially impressive on the smaller stencils. Options. Option A, Roland C.IIa, "White 7", Kasta 2, Kagohl 1, Late 1916 - Early 1917. Option B, Roland C.IIa, (Li) "Black III", Vfw Hesse, Schusta 13, Early 1917. Option C, Roland C.IIa (Li) 3645/16, Hans Joachim von Hippel (1 victory), Beobachter Schule Cöln, Early - mid 1917. Option D, Roland C.IIa "White 21", Otto Burgermeister, Kasta 21, Kagohl IV, November-December 1916. Option E, Roland C.IIa "circles", Kagohl II?, late 1916 - Early 1917. Conclusion. I'm sure that the Roland C.II has been eagerly awaited by many of us, certainly I have been really looking forward it. Iti s well up to the high standards that Wingnut Wings have set and I have no doubt that it will fit together beautifully and look stunning when finished. One big advantage is that the wing arrangement should make it easy to build, in that both sets fit right on the fuselage with only two interplane struts. For a biplane, it hardly gets easier than this. There is a little bit of rigging, but it is minimal and simple. Given the attractiveness of the aircraft and what looks to be an uncomplicated assembly job, I can see this one becoming one of Wingnut Wings best sellers. Again there can be only one verdict; Highly Recommended Review sample courtesy of
  6. Roland D.VIb 1:32 Wingnut Wings Wingnut Wings latest release is for the Roland D.VIb, a lesser known but interesting little fighter developed in 1917. The most noticeable features are the 'clinker built' fuselage of overlapping plywood planks, with the lower wing attached via a stubby little pylon on the underside. With its stalky undercarriage the D.VI has a lean and delicate look, but it was actually a very competent fighter and an improvement over the Albatros D.V's it was intended to replace. Unfortunately for Roland, it appeared at the same time as the formidable Fokker D.VII and was largely outclassed by it in all key performance areas. Most of the early D.VI's were powered by the old Daimler-Mercedes 160hp D.III engine and classed as D.VIa's of which about 150 were built. These were followed by a further 200 with the 200hp Benz Bz.IIIa engine which were classed as D.VIb's. The later D.VIb's also introduced ailerons and elevators with increased balance areas that helped increase manoeuvrability. Wingnut Wings have already kitted the D.VIa (Kit 32022 In 'Ready For Inspection') , so it was a logical step to include a couple of new sprues to produce the D.VIb, providing the different engine and control surfaces. The kit. I'll never lose the thrill of seeing a new Wingnut Wings kit for the first time, and this one is most definitely a thriller! The box art is just gorgeous, showing a Jasta 59 D.VIb scoring a victory over a USAS Nieuport 28. Inside the weighty silver edged box are six plastic sprues, one etched fret, three A4 sized decal sheets, and the usual Wingnut Wings superb instruction /reference manual. Lovely! let's take a more detailed look. Sprue A. Unsurprisingly several of the sprues are common with the D.VIa kit, such as this one. Beautifully moulded interior parts, undercarriage legs and cabane struts are included, all with fine surface detail and free from flash. The fabric covered bulkhead behind the pilots seat even has wrinkles and stretch marks in it. Sprue B. Both wings are supplied here, along with the early tailplane, elevator and ailerons. The rib tapes are delicately and effectively done, and there is a very subtle sag effect of the fabric over the ribs themselves. It has that 'tight as a drum' effect typical of doped linen over wooden ribs. Sprue C. The smallest of the sprues, holding the two optional windscreens. Sprue D. Here we have the fuselage halves with a beautifully executed rendition of the clinker planking. Even the nail heads are present, showing the pattern of the bulkheads underneath.These are extraordinary pieces of moulding and dry fitting them together, the join along the top and bottom virtually disappears. Also included are the early (not required for this version) and late interplane struts, wheels, and LMG 08/15 Spandaus. 'Solid' Spandaus are provided if you are not confident of rolling the etched jackets to fit on the 'high detail' versions. One thing to note is the difference in inspection panels between the D.VIa and D.VIb. The instructions show where you will need to remove and replace the panels. Sprue E (Engine) and F (D.VIb parts) 'E' This holds all the parts for the Benz Bz.IIIa straight six engine, and 'F' is the 'new' sprue that holds all the parts appropriate to the 'b' version of the D.VI, and the interior bulkhead frames. The control surfaces with the larger balance surfaces are included as is a new tailplane to accommodate the reshaped elevator. Two sets of cylinders are provided, one with pushrods and ignition wiring moulded on;and another 'plain' set omitting these for if you prefer to do your own. Oddly the 'plain' option is marked as not for use on the parts map, and not referenced in the instructions. But I see no reason why you could not use them if you so wished. The 'moulded on' version is very well done, and I guess many of us will be happy to use them. If you are tempted to complete the missing wiring from the end of the carrier tubes to the magnetos, be aware that this area is pretty much hidden from view on the finished model. (Well it is on my D.VIa). Optional intake manifolds are provided for the Bz.IIIa and Bz.IIIaz 'high altitude' engines. The mouding on the crankcase is beautifully done and worth a close look; Photo etch. Essential in this scale are the jackets for the Spandau guns and their sights, which are supplied here along with the four point harness for the pilot. In addition this fret for the 'b' also has the two empty shell ejector chutes not found on the 'a' model. For the first time that I have seen on a Wingnuts photo etch sheet, the panel identifying it can be detached and used as label alongside the completed model. Decals. Richard Alexander points out in his notes for this kit that photographic evidence shows Rolands were frequently fitted with wings and tailplanes of 4 or 5 colour lozenge material. I.e the top wing might be in 4 colour, and one or both bottom wings in 5 colour, or any other combination. Thus you are supplied with an A4 sheet of each type to mix and match, or make a choice of using just one type on your model. Strips of rib tapes are also supplied in generous quantities, including a set of plain linen ones. The individual markings for each option are provided on a third sheet along with all the stencils and instruments. Some of the smaller details are exquisite, such as the propeller logos and the data plates. All three sheets are sharply printed with minimal carrier film, and in perfect register. The decals themselves appear to be very thin and the colours all look very good. Options. A) Roland D.VIb, 'Berg Wappen', mid 1918. 'B) Roland D.VIb, Jasta 59, mid to late 1918. C) Roland D.VIb, 7502/18, 'P132', McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, USA. May to June 1920. D) Roland D.VIb, 7504/18, November 1918. E) Roland D.VIb, 7535/18, 'Marie', Oskar Frieherr von Boenigk, Freikorps late 1918-1919. And a 'Bonus' is included for Roland D.VI, 2225/18, preserved in the Krakow museum in Poland. This is just the serial number, and folows closely the finish of option A, but without the shield marking on the side. Conclusion. Another beautiful kit from Wingnut Wings of an interesting and unusual aeroplane. The clinker built fuselage mouldings are exceptional and perfectly executed, the sharpness of the mouldings needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Having built the D.VIa kit I can vouch for the fact that it all fits together with absolute precision and contains no pitfalls. I remember particularly how snugly the interior framework sat in the fuselage halves without interfering with closing them up. The choice of colour schemes offers something to modellers of all skill levels, with camouflage for those not confident with natural wood finish, to that stunning looking Jasta 59 example on the box top. I can see the post war example from McCook field holding strong appeal to modellers in the USA, with its experimental camouflage and early US roundels. Well up to the standard we have come to expect from this market leading manufacturer, and I'm sure it will be another box of pure model building pleasure. Highly Recommended Review sample courtesy of
  7. LFG Roland C-II Eduard 1:48 The LFG Roland C.II was an advanced reconnaissance aircraft which had much lower drag than comparable aircraft of its time. Known as the whale, it featured a monocoque fuselage built with an outer skin of two layers of thin plywood strips at an angle to each other. This had both lower drag and better strength per weight than typical of the time, but it was relatively slow and expensive to build. The deep fuselage completely filled the gap between the mainplane and gave the aircraft its nickname. Struts and wires were reduced, short of suffering the weight penalty of cantilever wings. There was even some attempt to fair the wings into the fuselage, to eliminate dead air space, a feature prominently missing from the Schneider Trophy contestants of the following decade. The C.II was powered by a single 160 hp (120 kW) Mercedes D III, providing a top speed of 165 km/h, a ceiling of 4000m, and an endurance of four hours. Entering service in the spring of 1916, although operationally, handling was reported as difficult but performance was relatively good. Due to the crew positions with eyes above the upper wing, upward visibility was excellent, but downward visibility was poor. It was also used in a fighter escort role and had a crew of two, pilot and observer/gunner. Because of its speed, when it was first introduced, it could be intercepted only from above but because of the lack of downward visibility, it was best attacked by diving below and coming up at it The Model Inside the standard Eduard Weekend Edition box with a stylised picture of the Roland on the front. On opening, all the parts are well protected in a poly bag. The three sprues of parts in light brown styrene are really well moulded with no flash and only one or two pips on the larger parts. There is also a small sprue of clear parts. The build starts with the fitting of the windows in each fuselage half, along with miscellaneous parts such as ammunition drum holders, throttle, priming pump, and camera. In the cockpits, which are very well detailed in the form of separate parts for the bulkheads and floors for each area, in addition to the seats, seat supports, pilots instrument panel, control stick and wheel. There are decals for the instrument panel and, (rather surprisingly), for the fuselage window curtains. Moving forward there is a nicely reproduced engine, consisting of left and right halves, cylinder heads, ignition leads, carburettor and crankcase end. The completed engine is then fitted to one half of the fuselage on the provided engine mountings. Once all these parts are fitted, the fuselage can be closed up. Next is the gunners position surround, one piece lower wing, the port and starboards horizontal tail, rudder, upper wings, aileron and rudder control horns, plus the two struts. The engine exhaust is then fitted, radiator, the tail skid and horizontal tail struts. The next steps are to build up the undercarriage assembly and fitted along with the support for the rear view mirror, forward firing machine gun and ammunition chutes, the rear pintle mounted machine gun and ammunition drum. Finally the propeller and boss are added then the rigging can be carried out, (the instructions of which could be a little clearer), but with some careful interpretation should be ok. Decals Being a Weekend Edition there is only one option on the decal sheet, that of a Roland C-II operational on the Western Front in the Summer of 1917. As mentioned above there are also decals provided for the window curtains and instruments. They are all very well printed in good register and slightly glossy. The white squares on which the wing crosses are applied will need to be painted beforehand. The fuselage and tail crosses are provided with the white panel which seems to be fairly opaque, but it may be advisable to paint the squares anyway. Conclusion This is another lovely kit from Eduard. Whilst it is a weekend edition there is plenty of detail and doesn’t really need the addition of any etch or resin. The colour scheme is quite attractive in its purple, green and light grey colours. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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