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Fly 1:48 Roland D.VI a&b
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 11:42 AM UTC

The up and coming manufacturer "Fly" has been providing the modeling community with gems since they began. Their typical low pressure injected moulded kits are reminiscent of the the early Blue Max series without white metal extras. Now they have released their best yet. Filling the gap on our display shelves with a very reasonable 1:48 version of the Roland D.VI a & b types.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
thegirl
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 02:29 AM UTC
An excellent review done Stephen ! The kit itself doesn't look all that bad . The lozenge reminds me of some of Eduards kit's The top is very close to Microsculpts though which is a plus like you said . What is also nice that there is enough lozenge to get two builds form if laid down right .

Thanks for the review and sharing the differences between the a and b models
Kitboy
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 04:09 AM UTC
Chances are quit big I run into one this weekend, and reading Stephen's words I very likely will buy one.

Cheers, Nico
Alanroy
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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 12:12 AM UTC
Stephen,
New poster here. I was looking at the pictures of the US-marked D.VI b in your original review, and noticed that the upper wing camouflage in the photo of the wreck didn't seem to match the painting diagram in the instructions. Was there more than 1 in service with the USAAS? And where did the photos come from? I'd love to get hold of these. I'm a lover of the post-war Cook Field aircraft, and can't seem to find enough about them. My dilema now is, build the Blue Max or buy the Fly?
Thank you.
Regards,
Alan
amillen at seic dot com
JackFlash
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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 08:27 AM UTC
Greetings Alan.

No only one was tested in this camouflage. Apparantly the camouflage was altered just before the crash. It seems they were trying to eliminate or at least cut down the areas that included the lightest colour. Sharp eye.
Alanroy
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 03:18 AM UTC
Stephen,
Thanks for your reply. The sharp eye is one benefit of ADD. Something so innocuous like that catches my eye. Where would those pictures have come from? I've only ever seen the starboard sideview.
Regards,
Alan amillen@seic.com
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 08:09 AM UTC
I have had them in my collection for a long time. Originally they were in the possession of an aviation techincian who was stationed at McCook field 1920-22.
Alanroy
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 12:29 AM UTC
Took a walk around your site. Would there happen to be a CD or Download of the McCook Field planes lurking somewhere that I couldn't find? That would be a wunnerful Chistmas present from me to myself.
Thanks again!
Alan amillen@seic.com
JackFlash
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 04:38 PM UTC
I may have something in my reference files. Hold that thought.
Alanroy
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 12:14 AM UTC
Whew, I'm back at the office. Wiped out over the weekend with a nasty flu.
Should this thread be moved elsewhere? At least the non-Roland part? Taken off-line? Or are we good?
Thanks for your time, Stephen.
Alan