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#4554913 - 02/04/21 10:18 PM Roland D.VIa  
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Hi all,
I'm now starting on the 'Wingnut Wings' 1:32 scale model of the Roland D.VIa fighter.
This aircraft was unusual in that its fuselage had a fuselage clad in overlapping plywood planks, known as ’lapstrake’, which was similar to that used on clinker built boats.
This proved to be as strong, but lighter than existing constructions methods provided, which was an important factor for a fighter aircraft.
Also the lower wings were located under, not into, the lower fuselage.

It's the Roland D.VIa, Serial No: 3615/18 during 1918 (Jasta unknown).

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#4554922 - 02/05/21 12:14 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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#4554933 - 02/05/21 03:57 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I've always like the Roland but how did it compare to the Albatross and Pfalz?

#4554936 - 02/05/21 04:37 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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It was faster, much higher rate of climb, and more manoueverable, arguably second only to the BMW DVII. Other than that, a dog. xwing
Harder to manufacture, only available in limited numbers, coming from a factory that was prioritised for license built versions of other machines.
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#4554964 - 02/05/21 12:55 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I sometimes feel high level politics gets in the way of logical assessment .
Take for example how top brass in the military over and over again tried to scuttle the A10 warthog before they even had an approved replacement in production. And that was an effective ground support aircraft that front line units loved.

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#4555738 - 02/11/21 10:03 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
A few updates.
I'm working on the fuselage internals and the engine.
The fuselage halves were two-tone, as were the cockpit side frames.
The engine bearer frame was a single colour.
As I normally do, the slight weathering effect was done using the 'Flory Models' dark dirt clay wash.
The rudder, elevator and ailerons control lines were added using 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament and blackened 0.4 mm diameter tubes.
Other detail, such as pipes, seat harness etc will be added after the cockpit assembly is built and before closing up the fuselage.

The next stage, after completing the engine is to assemble the fuselage,

Mike

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Here's the engine.
As most of the engine won't be seen, it's just the basic engine with the addition of ignition leads and the pipe at the front cylinder.
The replacement exhaust pipe is from 'ReXx',

Mike

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#4555781 - 02/12/21 11:44 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Originally Posted by Sandbagger

...Here's the engine. As most of the engine won't be seen, .....

 


...as if that ever affected your detail! still looks beautiful

#4555940 - 02/13/21 01:21 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Just a quick update.
The cockpit structure is now complete and ready to be fitted into the closed up fuselage.
I had to sand the outer surface of the two cockpit side frames and cockpit frames quite a bit, as for some reason the fuselage wouldn't close up fully with the cockpit test fitted.
I know tolerances are tight, especially on WNW kits so I made sure there was no paint etc on any mating faces.
Even so the gap at the underside seam of the fuselage was large, indicating something wasn't fitted correctly.
Everything look correct so I'm not sure where the obstruction was - probably around the fuel tank area.

Anyway, it's sorted and ready to move onto closing up the fuselage,

Mike

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#4556008 - 02/13/21 09:41 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The fuselage is now closed up with the cockpit front decking panel fitted.
I'm replacing the kit supplied machine guns with resin equivalent weapons from 'GasPatch'.
These needed to be modified slightly so that would fit down and into the weapon slots in the front decking panel.
This required the removal of the front mounting and synchronizing cable from the underside of the breech blocks.
In addition the lower part of the cocking mechanism on the right side of the left weapon was removed.

Now it's onto preparing the fuselage for the application of the 'ProperPlane' wood effect decal set for this aircraft,

Mike

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#4556402 - 02/16/21 10:29 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The wood effect decals with 'scarf' joint plywood joints (from 'ProperPlane') are now done.
These are probably the most difficult decals I've applied.
The 'scarf' joint strips and the fin, rudder and lower wing fairing were tricky, but the fuselage decals were something else.
They are four separate fuselage long single decals.
Not 'cookie' cut and with no marking or transparent areas for the fuselage raised details, such as access panels, pulleys and fittings.
Cutting these into sections was not really feasible as any slight overlap of the decal joins would show up as dark (double thickness of the decal.
Therefore when you lay down the decal, it rest on top of all the raised detail, like one pole holding up a tent.
This causes wrinkles and fold over of the decals.
I eventually worked around the problem but not without a few tears (patched) and wrinkles (fortunately on the underside), but these are certainly not for the less experienced modeler.

The decals are similar to those from 'Aviattic' in transparecy, but are not as strong.
They were laid onto a base coat of 'Tamiya' Dark Yellow (XF59) to darken the effect.

Next up is creating the masks for painting the large yellow arrow marking along the sides of the fuselage, which of course will cover a lot of the decals,

Mike


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#4556413 - 02/17/21 12:19 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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You did well not to waste the decals. Having looked closely I can see quite clearly what a difficult task that was. I shudder at the thought of undertaking it.

Looks really well done, what I can see. Seems like the decals settled down quite well on the raised surfaces around the access port near the tail and on the front forward section.

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#4556445 - 02/17/21 10:32 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike, this takes the cake Sir! The scarf joints are over the top. Well done! I’m with Mr. Wiggins, she would have been thrown against the wall before I finished that job. Well done mate.


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#4556463 - 02/17/21 02:04 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Thanks guys.
There is some doubt now over the authenticity of this particular colour scheme.
It seems that it was based on what is apparently the only known photograph of Emil Schäpe seated in a Roland fighter.
The Windsock Data file states that he is seated in a Roland D.VI but doesn't state whether it is a D.VIa or the later D.VIb version.
The photograph shows what appears to be the top of a multi-headed arrow marking on the side of the fuselage.
The late Dan-San Abbott interpreted this as the yellow arrow and this seems to have been accepted by painters and illustrators, such as Bob Pearson's profile I'm basing this model on.

The doubts centre on three things - The aircraft in the photograph is a later Roland D.VIb (not a D.VIa), the arrow marking was a lightning bolt marking (not an arrow) and the fuselage was not varnished wood but in fact painted.
I've looked again at the photograph and to me at least, the fuselage marking looks more like an arrow head that lightning bolts.
Also I believe wood grain can be seen on the fuselage planking, although it is very faint. That said this was plywood strips, which wouldn't have much wood grain as such.
As to whether this is a D.VIa or a D.VIb is difficult to tell as the main differences were the D.VIb had a different engine and radiator cowl under the nose of the aircraft, neither of which can be seen on the photograph.
One possible clue for it being a D.VIb is that the two machine guns have extended cocking handles, which from other photographs the D.VIa didn't (standard cocking handles).
Maybe one day someone will come up with photographic or documentary evidence to settle these doubts,

When I build a model I like to try where possible to apply colour schemes that are not often modeled, which is why I chose this particular scheme.
I also didn't want to cover the wood effect decals with too much paintwork.
However, given the uncertainty of this colour scheme I've decided to switch the scheme to the Roland D.VIa, Serial No. 3615/18, which had no personal or Jasta fuselage markings.

Mike

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#4556466 - 02/17/21 02:37 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I have seen many of Dan San Abott's interpretations to be revised by recent research.
I wouldn't take his opinion in color shemes interpretation as the holy bible, like it was taken by modellers and illustrators a few years back.


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#4556638 - 02/18/21 09:50 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The basic fuselage is now finished.
As I said in the previous posts, the original colour scheme I was planning to do is in doubt, as to its authenticity.
In addition, any masking or masking tape laid onto these decals, no-matter how gently, started to lift the decals.
Having spent time and effort applying the wood effect decals, I didn't want to risk destroying them with masking.
There I chose a an authentic scheme that has no personal or unit markings.

The metal fittings were brush painted with 'Tamiya' Grey Green (XF76).
Padding was 'Humbrol' Leather (62) with hightlights of 'Tamiya' Hull Red (XF9).
Other metal fittings were 'Mr. Colour' Stainless Steel (213) and 'Tamiya' Black (X18)
'Weathering applied with 'Flory Models' Dark Dirt clay wash.
Sealing coat is 'Alclad' Light Sheen (311).

Now onto preparing the wings, ailerons, tail plane, rudder and elevators for the lozenge decals,

Mike

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Looks beautiful Mike. Can't wait to see the finished product.


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#4557178 - 02/22/21 11:51 AM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Just a quick update.
The 'Aviattic' four colour faded decals have been applied along with the kit decals.
The lozenge decals were applied on a white, pre-shaded gloss base coat.
The next step it to seal the decals with a clear semi-matte before applying the weathering wash.
Then onto pre-rigging the wings,

Mike

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#4557179 - 02/22/21 12:07 PM Re: Roland D.VIa [Re: Sandbagger]  
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wow - - I mean - - just wow

All those metal fittings against that lapstrake fuselage is over the top!

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Fantastic work indeed! winner


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Hi all,
Subtle weathering applied and sealed.
As usual I used 'Flory' Dark Dirt fine clay wash and sealed it with 'Alclad' Light Sheen lacquer (ALC-311).
So now it's onto some sub-assembly and pre-rigging,

Mike

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