[WWI] Re: Roland D.VI, now Albatros C.III

Grzegorz Mazurowski grzegorz_mazurowski at poczta.onet.pl
Sun Jan 9 07:55:48 EST 2005

Who knows?
I have some thoughts:
- standard Roland "bulge" is unnecesarily big for the mirror, and the "face"
is very small, and placed pretty deeply into the housing - so if it was a
mirror, it would be very ineffective.
- 'mericans could have got the Roland without original compass which would
fit into wing bulge, so they could have been using another one, placed into
the cockpit. Original compass placed in such bulge shouldn't have clock-like
"face", as you see it not from the face but from the side (can't explain it
better in English, sorry).
IMO original Roland wing compass "face" should have looked a bit like that:
|                  |                      |
| , NW, , , , N, , , , NE , , , |

- Roland with shield marking really has different bulge, apparently with the
round face, and that one can really be the mirror.

> Hi G. & E.
> Back in 1996 when I was designing the 1:24 Roland kit, that part on the
> was driving me nuts so much so it lead me to Brian Hardisy aviation
> historian and he provide me with two photos of the Roland D6 that was used
> for testing the one with the back body in black with the white dot an two
> white bands around the body, one was a shot from behind 3:4 view, the
> was a great shot in the cockpit where you could see attached to the left
> lower side was a compass, this info was shared with Ray Rimell at that
> but in my big move from USA to Germany some of my reference books and
> went missing these two photos where among them ;-(
> John Marco, just got hit in the hart again from thinking of that ;-(
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Grzegorz Mazurowski" <grzegorz_mazurowski at poczta.onet.pl>
> To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
> Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2005 3:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [WWI] Re: Roland D.VI, now Albatros C.III
> > > (On the top wing center, top of the arc on the trailing edge bow.
> There's
> > a
> > > little sticky-outy protrusion thing that looks like it has an
> > > face on it. Am I seeing this right?)
> > According to the Datafile it is a compass. (page 30)
> > Cheers!
> > G.

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