As insurance against the Fokker D.VII having serious problems, an order for the LFG Roland D.VIa
was placed after the 1918 fighter trials. The D.VI featured a distinctive "clinker-built" fuselage of long wooden strips and sharp lines. Its performance was good but the unusual fuselage construction limited production. Visibility and maneuverability were above average. It saw limited use at the front lines but it also saw some use with the German Navy.
While it was robust and had no major defects, it was not a big step up from the Albatros D.Va
and most pilots preferred the Fokker D.VII. The Roland D.VIb
was a small improvement with its higher-performance engine and balanced control surfaces.
This product is available in 1:144, 1:200, and 1:285/6mm/1:288 scales. The smaller scale product contains two aeroplanes
and propeller disks rather than blades. The planes are joined by disposable links, which you can remove with fingernail cutters or wire clippers.
DESIGNER NOTE: Models at scales smaller than 1:144 may no longer be available.
Shapeways discontinued the material for which they were designed, and the newer materials require that each and every model be adjusted to thicken surfaces like wings. If you are interested in a particular model in a small scale, please let me know and I will prioritize it higher in the queue.
For more details and gaming information, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/L.F.G._Roland_D.VIa