Re: Roland CII paint scheme

Erik Pilawskii (
Fri, 23 Dec 1994 13:14:42 -0800 (PST)

> On Thu, 22 Dec 1994, William McHarg wrote:
> > Hi,
> > On page 158 of German Aircraft of the First World War by
> > Thetford and Grey there is a photograph of a Roland CII.
> > The part that interests me is the shark's mouth (or whale
> > mouth?) painted on the nose. Has anyone ever seen a description of what
> > the rest of the paint scheme of this aircraft is? It appears to have
> > dark upper surfaces, and lighter colored undersurfaces. There are also
> > light-colored curtains neatly tied back on the window visible under the
> > wing.
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> Most sources have the a/c as painted light grey overall.
> If you want more pictures of the whale mouthed Rolands, a good source is
> the old Arco-Aircam book on shark mouths (Vol. 1).
> P.S. I believe those curtains were just painted onto the window.
If I recall correctly, that machine was attributed to von Schleich (well,
attributed anyway...) by Airfix, who presented the kit on the box of their
1/72 Roland D.II kit. Beats me if they're bonkers, or what...

"The Heavens were the grandstands, and only the Gods were spectators. The
stake was the World. The forfeit was the Player's place at the table; and
the Game had no recess. It was the most dangerous of all sports-- and the
most fascinating. It got in the blood like wine. It aged men 40 years in
40 days; it ruined nervous systems in an hour. It was a fast game-- the
average life of a pilot at the Front was 48 hours. And, to many, it
seemed an Age....
Elliot White Springs, WWI ace