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Roland D.VIa
JackFlash
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 07:03 AM UTC

The diminutive profile of the Roland D.VIa appeared on the Western Front in early spring 1918. Soon a modified version began making its debut with a more powerful motor and improved control areas it was known as the Roland D.VIb. Wingnut Wings has given us a beautiful mould of the Roland D.VIa in 1:32.

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Thanks!
thegirl
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 08:29 AM UTC
Another fine review on a fascinating subject Stephen . Thanks for sharing

Now if Keith would hurry up and finish his build ...............
Kornbeef
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 08:56 AM UTC
Nice concise review Stephen,, I can vouch for one or two notes as I'm on with this treasure now.

Cooling jackets are very very fragile...but beautiful.

I dryfitted the fuselage tail and elevators lower wing, coaming and nose cowl togethe without tape or anything..so yes the usual WNW standard fit applies.

The issue with the nose setting too narrow starts I believe with construction of the engine bearers..I dryfitted an engine to keep them sprung whilst they set.

My chosen profile uses the printed ribtapes Emil Kochs humbug..
one issue with the lozenge *which is greatly improved in look* is that the widths of the decals do not match the diagram in the profiles so people should be aware. This shows greatly on the upper wing if you work center out. I recommend working from tip inward and setting a hidden joint around the rad.

All said though to my mind it's the best kit I have seen from WNW or anyone up to now.

K
gajouette
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 10:17 AM UTC
Stephen,
Outstanding review my friend. Thanks for your hard work here and other sites. No doubt my example will be here when I return home from Calgary,AB in February until then I'll be following Keith's build on this site. I figure that between you and Keith I can't help but pull off a decent Roland.
Highest Regards,
Gregory Jouette
JackFlash
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 07:43 PM UTC
1:32 Lozenge decal comparisons are next. Note, that there are several corrections to the kit instructions in the hints and tips section of the WNW website. These have more to do with left and right mirrored parts having the other's part number attached. Also the filler caps for the crankcase are both E18. The wheel covers for option "B" are lower surface colour lozenge. There is also a slight modification for the cowling when doing the Mercedes D.IIIaü.
OEFFAG_153
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 08:02 PM UTC
Stephen – Thank You for a very fine review indeed – the more I read and see on this kit, I feel the urge to get me one!

All the best

Mikael
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 03:02 PM UTC
Now here is a bit of fun. I just rec'd 2 @ HGW Mercedes detail sets just for the WNW kit engine.