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1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« on: February 05, 2021, 08:22:37 AM »
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 was 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).

Mike

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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 09:07:27 AM »
As always I look forward to your build and what your skills do to improve a great kit!
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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2021, 12:22:25 PM »
Awesome subject choice Mike  :)


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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2021, 01:23:24 PM »
   One I'll follow with great interest Mike, and a very unique scheme, bring it on!
Cheers,
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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 05:42:20 PM »
Not often seen plane and unique painting scheme: this is  a really promising build!
Ciao
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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 08:38:13 PM »
Great choice and a great build to follow, I'm sure!
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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2021, 11:25:09 PM »
Thank you for choosing of my favourites, Mike, (that I missed, when it was still available..)!

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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2021, 11:25:51 PM »
Beautiful subject Mike. Looking forward to the build.

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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2021, 08:04:37 AM »
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,







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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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2021, 09:48:45 AM »
Sweet ! :)


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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2021, 07:46:40 PM »
Awesome job on that engine Mike.
The exhaust really will make a difference!

Cheers,

Hugh

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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2021, 07:55:34 PM »
Great progress on this lovely model
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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2021, 12:50:02 AM »
Both interior and engine are coming out nicely Mike! Well done as always!
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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2021, 04:52:18 AM »
That painting of the engine....., I hope someday I'll come close to this kind of painting.

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Re: 1:32nd scale Roland D.VIa
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2021, 11:23:36 PM »
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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