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1/32 scale Roland D.VIb (a 1918 woody?)

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    July, 2017
1/32 scale Roland D.VIb (a 1918 woody?)
Posted by Paul D on Saturday, July 29, 2017 6:43 PM

This is the Wingnutwings Roland D.VIb. The propeller is built up from laminations of colored paper superglued together then carved to shape.  I wired the engine, installed steel wire pushrods, and insulated the intake manifold with tape. I used Gaspatch guns (very nice and easier than rolling the brass cooling jackets provided in the kit). Rigging is a mix of fishing line, E-Z line elastic thread, Gaspatch turnbuckles and Bob’s Buckles. Rolands had a variety of fabrics and rib tapes applied to the wings so Wingnuts provides these as individual strips of decal. It’s nice to have all the options but this way you have to trim and apply about 120 decals to finish the wings! 

Paul in Portland

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 10:23 AM

Wow! That is a beautiful model. Excellent work on the detailing. Very cleanly done. And I am hughly impressed with the laminated paper prop. I am going to borrow that technique, though I'm not sure where I am going to use it yet.

Very fine work here. I couldn't get the larger versions of the photos to open. I would love to see this build in person. Outstanding work, thanks for posting.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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    September, 2016
Posted by TnT on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 10:40 AM

Masterpiece. That is really awesome. How much time do you have in the build? 

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    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 11:01 PM

I'm not sure if Falcon Field's Mesa Museum has one of these birds, But if they don't, they could surely use yours.

Such a beautiful build! many Kudos!

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    July, 2017
Posted by Paul D on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:18 AM

Thanks, I don't really keep track of how long it takes to build things.  It was on the workbench for a couple months.

Paul in Portland


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