Further review of Pegasus' Roland...

Matt Bittner (meba@cso.com)
Thu, 20 Jul 1995 08:06:59 CDT

I've started on the "roughing" of the Roland D.II, and wanted to give
my inital impressions. What I mean by "roughing" is cutting the
major parts off the sprue, and sanding the parts down.

My only major gripe with Pegasus is the large "flow gates" he uses.
What happens is that the sprue attachment points on the larger parts
are quite large, and difficult to sand away without removing some of
the molded in detail. Other than that, the kit is beautiful.

I've got both the upper and lower wings sanded - which included
sanding the leading edge of the wing into straight sections. I had a
small "swerve" in the leading edges, and needed to "straighten" them
out. Basically, I just sanded each leading edge on my vacuform
sanding surface (which consists of a piece of plate glass, with
sanding paper attached with rubber cement). I also used this surface
to LIGHTLY sand the fuselage mating surfaces. I am not going to
repeat my mistake with the LVG C.VI and sand too much away, having to
shim it back up with plastic sheet.

After I sanded, I did a dry fit. I might still have some problem
with the vertical flying surface, but everything else might go
together with little or no putty. I also tried dry fitting the wings
to the fuselage, and the top wing fits "like a glove". The lower
wing, though will take a little more work, once the fuselage halves
are glued together.

The kit provides white metal engine, seat, control column and landing
gear struts. Injected parts also include the rudder, horizontal tail
surfaces, tailskid (which you will need to check your references for
- not all D.II's had the tailskid fairing), wheels, landing gear
spreader bar, "instrument panel" (actually, the former in the front
of the cockpit) and the cockpit floorboard. Contrail rod and strut
material is provided for tail and interplane struts, respectively.
(I may have missed a couple of parts. If so, my apologies.) Decals
are provided for one machine, the third D.II on the back of the

This is going to be an "easy" kit. No center-section struts, which
will make it easy putting the top wing on. I can honestly recommend
this kit as a "first time" short run kit. Now to correct that Airfix
C.II...Which, if anybody has done it, could you post what changes are

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