Eduard's 1/48 scale
Roland C.II Walfisch
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Eduard's 1/48 scale Roland C.II is available online from Squadron
And now for something completely different, as Monty Python would say.
Biplanes are still an exception on my workbench, but I am getting interested more and more. This well detailed and equipped kit has encouraged me even further.
The fit is simply excellent and the sound layout of the parts makes it easy to achieve a relatively uncomplicated construction phase. Relatively, because it still remains a biplane with quite complex rigging, so you have, of course, to consider all the steps to be taken properly.
The kits design sets high value on a detailed interior. As an example, I was delighted to see that the diminutive onboard camera of this scout has to be setup with seven parts, clear- and etched ones included. Nearly a little camera model with a lot of aero-plane around it…
The etched parts of the kit are welcomed to enhance realism on the Spandau and the Parabellum machine gun- it looks much more like the real thing with the perforated cooling jackets.
One important lack of detail stands out: the exhaust assembly has to be necessarily hollowed out on the front and the rear end; Eduard forms these areas as solid blocks of plastic.
All in all, it was a great pleasure to build this well designed kit. If you are interested in the building process, have a look on the workbench at the JAM Forum:
My Roland “whale” depicts an aircraft of an unnamed unit, flown on the Western front in 1917. It is one of four versions offered in the kit.
As ever, remarks will be appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2012 by Roland Sachsenhofer
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26 October, 2012
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