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WOW041 Roland C2 LE20 by Thomas Gunn Miniatures

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Product Description

Our first aircraft WOW041  Roland C2 Reconnaissance/artillery spotter
'Walfish' or Whale was a very advanced design with a top speed some 30Kph
faster than other aircraft of the time including single seat fighters,
thanks to its streamlined fuselage and Daimler Mercedes 160 HP engine. The
first C2 came off the production line in 1915 with various improvements
being built into it as production continued up to 1917. Although not the
most manoeuvrable of aircraft its high speed meant it could outrun most
Allied fighters should the need arise. It also had the luxury of side
windows built into the fuselage for the crew which were indeed a novelty for
any aircraft of this era. We have faithfully replicated these windows as
well as a full interior with safety belts fitted to the seats and for the
first time ever, a cast metal machine gun for the rear observer. This Roland
was one of the most famous of WW1 and features on the box art of the1970's
Airfix model kits. It was flown by Eduard Ritter Von Schleich an ace with
over 35 victories to his name and a Blue Max recipient to boot. Von Schleich
was wounded at least twice during the war but survived to go on and fight
the Communists in 1919 before joining Lufthansa in the 1920's. With the
outbreak of WW2 Von Schleich enlisted into the Luftwaffe and ended his
career as General de Flieger in occupied Norway. Captured by the British he
ended up in a POW camp where he unfortunately died in 1947 just prior to his
release, aged 59 years old. Von Schleich's Roland has been faithfully
replicated right up to the metal fish anemometer which was fixed to the top
wing, as well as the eyes and teeth painted on the front, which made this
such a distinctive and noticeable aircraft.
Limited edition of 20 aircraft and priced at $550 which also includes free
GW054 German mechanic figure, smoking his pipe as well as a 'non smoking'
sign which our mechanic seems to be ignoring!

Other Details

Release Date:
January 2016
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