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Eduard 1/48 Roland C.II: Easy to Build & Affordable Bi-Planes

March 16, 2018 · in Aviation · · 11 · 3K

I use to stay away from Bi-Planes for obvious reasons...rigging, wing braces, small parts...etc. Then I built a few Wing Nut Wings Bi-Planes and discovered that if the kit is engineered well, and you get good instructions, a bi-plane is no more difficult then a typical mono-plane. Really turned me onto WWI aircraft and every time I get a chance I want to build one. Problem is I dont always have the energy, and/or time, to take on a huge, highly-detailed, 1/32 WNW project, and more importantly, I just cannot afford the price of a WNW model, even though I often comment that "they are a good value for what you get".

Well started to read a lot about the new moldings of several WW1 bi-plane kits. Everyone who built one would remark that they are the equivalent of a 1/32 WNW model but in . So I wanted to build the WNW 1/32 Roland late but instead decided to build it in 1/48 and purchased the Eduard kit. Well it was a great kit with excellent detail for 1/48. The Profi Pack version included everything you needed except some rigging material. The engineering and instructions were high caliber and resulted in an easy, straightforward build OOB. Many of the parts fell together but it did have its challenge here and there. This was not due to engineering issues but just the normal result of building a very detailed model in smaller 1/48 scales. No matter how well you engineer you cannot do anything about having very small, fragile to scale parts to work with and assemble. You just need to take your time, follow the instructions and use a magnifying device. It was not much harder then a typical 1/48 mono-plane b/c the items that make a bi-plane more difficult are well engineered and causes no issues with this build.

Even since I was turned onto "EZ-Line" rigging material I have enjoyed rigging. I use to avoid rigging like the plague. But this EZ-Line stuff IMHO makes rigging much easier, and enjoyable. When it comes to building bi-planes you cannot avoid the rigging issues, so you must have a material that is easy to work with. The EZ-Line fills that role for me. I really do enjoy rigging now. You may need some other references, other then just the instructions, to properly rig her. So make sure you find so good reference photos of the Roland. Again, take you time and follow instructions. Don't give up!

I do have to say that since I started to build models at age 10, and now in my middle ages, I have never ever needed to purchase and use purple paint...LOL. I think the purple/green camo was part of the draw to this kit. Its just so colorful...loved it. I did need to paint it prior to final assembly in order to overcome the common issues with trying to mask and paint a small bi-plane. But that was not a problem b/c it assembled so well after painting. The landing gear bracing was a little fiddly, but not due to engineering issues, but rather due again to small size, and to-scale parts which are thin, and very fragile.

BTW, those are curtains you see on the windows of the cabin. I did not make that up. And yes the model includes the decals of these curtains. The story I read regarding the etiology of this oddness relates to an inside joke the pilots had regarding the crew of these planes. It had something to do with the cabin being more roomy then most planes of that era, and they spent so much time flying and/or being with these planes on the front-lines that they needed to live in them. So they dressed it up like a flat with curtains on the windows. Maybe some else has a better explanation? Also it does include some Photo-Etch so you want to have some comfort level and/or skill in working with this material in a small scale. I dont recall any challenge out of the usual with this aspect of the kit.

In summary these kits are great so give one a try. I cannot wait to purchase and build another Eduard 1/48 Bi-Plane. Any recommendations for which one to try next? If you have any build questions please ask. Comments are welcomed. Hope you enjoy!

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  1. A lovely build - great detailing and weathering. Looks very realistic, although the curtain decals do look a bit like decals! Perhaps if you build another of these, you can do some scratch-built needlework and put your own cloth curtains in there! That's a very funny story by the way, and sounds like something air warriors would come up with...

  2. I stay away (and still do) from Bi-Planes for the same reasons you mentioned, but I have used that EZ line stuff and agree it's great for antenna wires. This Eduard build looks very nice, Paul...good work my friend.

  3. I have the Eduard 1/48 Albatross DV and it looks great. When I grow up I might even build it.

    Your Roland terrific, and as Greg says, some home made little curtains would be the icing on the cake. The colours are fantastic on these biplanes and you've done a knockout job.

  4. Great Roland, Paul. I'm still laughing about the "curtains." The purple and green isn't wonderful to my eyes but it is authentic! You did well. Again! I like your narrative as well.

  5. There's that wacky German humor! This type aircraft had one of the first, if not the first, sharkmouths on it. It was called the Walfish (whale) and the mouth made it look the part. Easiest biplane to make, and it looks great. Great work, Paul! Their Pfalz III/IIIa kits might be a good one to try next. And their DR I has minimal rigging, plus its association with the herr Rittmeister Von Richtofen, an obscure figure.

  6. Love this aircraft and you have done a great job!

  7. I love these biplanes. This one looks very pretty.

  8. Nicely done Paul, I'll have to check out their line of WWI aircraft.

  9. Very nice. Yes, Eduard's kits (from the Sopwith Triplane forward) are really world-class.

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