Roland D.VIb

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The Roland D.VI was used by Germany during the last year of World War I. It featured unique "clinker built" fuselage construction consisting of strips of plywood, attached to light skeleton made of multi-layer, glued formers and spruce longerons. Overshadowed by the Fokker D.VII, the Roland D.VI was nonetheless a fine performer. The "D.VIb" model was equipped with a high-compression version of the Benz Bz.IIIa engine producing 200 HP. The D.VIb showed good speed and above average maneuverability but was overshadowed by the excellent Fokker D.VII which was less expensive and easier to manufacture. This print features the Roland D.VIb flown by 18 victory ace Emil Schape of Jasta 33.