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  1. Hi all My Super Mystere is almost finished, I decided to start a new build This time I choosed a kit recently in my stach : the Vultee Vanguard from Dora WIngs I already built a Dora Wings kit with the Miles Master and keep a good memory For the story you can go to the kit review at this adress If the kit propose 3 sweedish plane (one 1940 plane and 2 what if), I choosed the british model. For serial, because only one plane was tested I have only one choice
  2. Morane-Saulnier MS.406C.1 (DW48031) 1:48 Dora Wings distributed in the UK by Albion Alloys Ltd Developed in the years before WWII, the MS.406 was one of France’s mainstay fighters, although it suffered from some shortcomings, most notably its speed, which was found lacking by the time war broke out, topping out at around 270mph – far short of the more capable Bf.109 that they would face. A talented pilot could still make his presence felt however, as the aircraft was manoeuvrable and could take plenty of punishment before it fell from the sky, which was just as well under the circumstances. During the phoney was this wasn’t yet an issue however, but its weaknesses started to show once the level of fighting reached a higher pitch during the Battle of France, where its comparatively weak armament was also a disadvantage, particularly as the pilots needed to make every time on target count. They still gave as good an account of themselves as they could, racking up a total of almost 200 confirmed kills and another 80 probables to slow the roll of the Blitzkrieg. Poland made an order of 160 airframes, although they weren’t delivered before they were invaded, but the Finns and the Swiss took a number on charge and developed them to better suit their own needs. Powered in French service by a Hispano Suiza engine, it began a lengthy development process as the 405 in the mid-30s. The changes were substantial, including lightening and strengthening of the wing, plus the installation of its retractable radiator equipment, so the designation 406 was chosen instead. While the radiator could be tucked away for speed under suitable conditions, the mechanism that was used to facilitate this was heavy and complex, adding extra weight that was not always beneficial, and make the difference between success and failure in a high-intensity dog-fight where the engine would need all the cooling it could get. After delivery of the first 1,000 airframes, production was diverted to other aircraft types that were deemed by the ministry to be more worthy under the difficult and changing circumstances. The attrition rates once the fighting started in earnest were unsustainably high, resulting in whole flights being downed during one encounter with 109s at times, and those that survived suffering such heavy damage that could not be repaired. Although its ruggedness often allowed it to fight on after the first pass, it could benefit them little if their single 20mm cannon and two 7.5mm couldn’t penetrate the armour of the enemy before they the next pass. Although the pilots fought bravely, they were doomed to failure by having too few fighters, and those that they had were lacking in performance. The Kit This is a new tooling from our friends at Dora Wing in the Ukraine, who continue to work under difficult circumstances to bring us interesting and unusual model kits in various scales. The MS.406 has been tooled in my favourite scale, and as I mentioned to him at the time, I’ve finally got a model to glue my aftermarket pitot probe and guns to! Whether I’ll need those though, is another matter. The kit arrives in a diminutive top-opening box with a painting of the subject matter on the front, covered in their usual signature glossy highlight, which gives the model a quality feel straight away. Inside are eight sprues of greenish-grey styrene parts, a clear sprue in a separate Ziploc bag, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass parts, a sheet of vinyl masks for the canopy, two decal sheets, and an A5 instruction booklet that is printed in colour on glossy paper, and has pages of painting and decaling profiles on the rear. Detail is good, which is what we have come to expect from Dora, including the ribbing on the wings, the cockpit and sculpted gear bays, plus the scalloped rear of the fuselage that harks back to its mid-30s origins in a similar manner to the British Hurricane. Construction begins the with cockpit, bonding the PE instrument panel fronts to the plastic supports, followed by applying the dial decals, then mating all three facets together, arrayed around the pilot’s eyeline, creating the lower panel by choosing one of two back plates, adding the centre console to the front, and applying one or two decals to depict the dials as appropriate. This lower panel is attached to the front bulkhead, while the rear bulkhead is joined to the floor along with an inverted-V roll-over bar around the moulded-in head cushion. Behind the bulkhead is another bar that is sloped to the rear, and rests on a ribbed shelf that has another small triangular bulkhead behind it. The pilot’s seat is fitted out with PE four-point seatbelts that are folded to shape and glued into position, allowing it to be perched on top of a short support and a cup on the bulkhead behind it, mounting a PE trim-wheel on a styrene base to the port side, and the control column in the groove between the two foot boards, then gluing the front bulkhead into place. The inner sides of the fuselage each have two raised vertical ribs moulded-in, which are augmented by a series of sidewall inserts and consoles, whilst adding backing plates to the rear of the exhaust slots that carry the internal splitters that will be seen from the outside. After painting, the fuselage halves can be closed around the cockpit, inserting a small grille under the front as you do, mounting a flat plate behind the prop, and a cowling panel over the engine bay, then plugging-in the two-part tail fin the rudder, which has an insert in the lower portion to achieve thickness without the risk of sink-marks due to thick plastic. The lower wings are full span, as with many low-wing monoplane fighters, and this part is prepared by adding the wheel bay inserts with V-struts placed across the roof for extra detail, gluing them into position using the raised ledges around the openings as a guide. There is a small bay for the radiator module between the main gear bays, which is made from two parts that are installed and painted before the upper wing halves are mated along with the elevators in their cut-outs, allowing them to be deflected if you wish. The fuselage is lowered into position in the gap between the upper wings, the elevator fins are slipped into each side of the tails, then finished by adding the flying surfaces, and rudder panel, all of which can be deflected at your wish. The elevator fins are supported by diagonal struts from above, the upper end mating with a faired socket at the side of the fin root. The three-part canopy is laudably clear, gluing the windscreen to the front, the fixed rear canopy over the shelf, and the opening central portion can be posed closed, or pushed back over the rear section in the open position. There is a choice of three windscreen parts, so be sure to choose the correct one for the decal options in this boxing, and don’t forget the two wingtip lights that are found on the clear sprue. The radiator module is built from four styrene parts into a thick, stylised T-shape, covered front and rear by PE skins that depict the radiator cores, adding a three-part zig-zag frame to the front, and mating it with the roof of the shallow bay on two pegs later. You have a choice of two styles of prop, both made the same way, but one with the muzzle of a cannon moulded-in. The blades are moulded as one part, adding an axle through the centre, glued to a styrene washer that is hidden away under the spinner you choose, finished by the back-plate, through which the axle slots. This is slipped into the front of the fuselage at the end of the build. The main gear legs are single struts with a retraction-jack added near the bottom, and gluing them both to a captive bay door. The two-part wheels are fitted to the axle, and during installation, another retraction-jack is added, along with a tiny additional door at the base of the strut. An aerial is glued under the fuselage in flat or extended position depending on whether the aircraft is airborne, adding a tail skid under the fin, and a pop-up landing light that is set flush or extended by using a different part for each option. Righting the model, an aerial is added on the spine behind the cockpit, an optional small PE part is glued to the canopy opener, a tubular sight with back-up PE ring sight is fitted on the deck in front of the cockpit, plus the prop, two machine gun barrels in the wing leading edges, and finally a pitot probe around mid-span on the port wing. Markings There are four decal options included on the sheets, three wearing a grey/green/brown camouflage scheme over a light blue lower, while the other has black uppers and pale grey lowers. A sheet of vinyl masks are included for the canopy, and while their locations aren’t documents in the instructions, it should be within the grasp of the most novice modeller to decipher. From the box you can build one of the following: No.906, Pilot Cpl. Eduard Uchto, Fighter Training Flight, DIAP Lyon-Bron, June 1940 No.1019, ‘Le Pirate’, Personal Aircraft of Général Amand Pinsard (27 Victories in WWI), Commandant Groupment de Chasse, May 1940 No.966, Pilot Capt. Robert Williame, Commander of 1st Sqn., GC1/2, Damblain, April 1940 No.101, Pilot Sgt. Miroslav Jiroudek, Groupe de Chasse III/1, 6 Esc., Norrent-Fontes, June 1940 Decals are by Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion A new tooling of this type in 1:48 is long-overdue, and the level of detail that has been included is excellent, as we’ve come to expect from Dora. How they manage it with everything that’s going on is beyond me. VERY highly recommended. Dora have their eShop suspended presently, but you should be able to get yours in due course via their UK distributors. Available in the UK in all good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  3. I'm joining in with the Dora Wings Caudron C.630 Simoun, a quintessentially French light tourer and mail plane that was built in quite large numbers in the mid thirties. It rose to the top of my must build list when I saw this beautiful example at the Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget last year: F-ANRO, in the colours of Air Bleu, a pre-war French air mail operator, is one of the marking options in the Dora Wings kit, so that's the one I'll be building. Kit contents: Nice plastic (although there's a fair bit of flash), crisply moulded, with some PE and masks included. I've made a start and assembled the interior: Some classic short run features are present here (including the flash) - no locating pins, vague instructions in places, and some parts that are a bit trickier to assemble than they could be (eg the seats with four individual legs each). But everything seems to fit so far and it's shaping up to be quite a fun build. The kit includes a full engine and the instructions would have me spend a fair bit of time assembling it - but there doesn't seem to be much point as it's not going to be visible, so I'm going to see if I leaving it out causes any problems. more soon Julian
  4. Here all. Here is my recently completed build of a Savoia-Marchetti S.55 Torpedo Bomber of the Regia Aeronautica Italiana using the Dora Wings kit in 1/72 and was built as part of the World War 2 Twins GB. Built out of the box with only a figure and rigging added and mounted on a sea base. Build log here: This thing is big for me, taking the space of 4-6 of my 'normal' sized subjects... Stuart
  5. Hi All (Still waiting for decals) So just started to build the above kit and sorting out which paint scheme to use. There are two suggested: 1. Republic P-43B Lancer, A56-6, 1 Photoreconnaissance Unit, RAAF Coomalite Creek, Northern Territory - Fuselage and tops of wings look like green (could be olive drab) and either brown or red brown, underside a grey (probably neutral grey - used for Lancer P-43A-1); and 2. Republic P-43C Lancer, 40-2897, converted as specialized photographic reconnaissance aircraft,1942 - Fuselage and tops of wings probably olive drab, with the underside neutral grey as well, with white engine cowling. I'm looking to paint scheme 1, so it would help if someone could tell me what 'brown' (if it is brown) it is. The list of required paints does not give any 'brown', nor does it show what paint to use where on the final build, it just shows where to put the decals! I checked the instructions on Scalemates (instruction pdf) and that had the same manual as I have. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  6. With the Fokker in its later phase, it's time to look at a second build for this GB. After getting clearance from the group admin, I've opted for doing another float plane (as I have a few), a Savoia-Matchetti S.55 torpedo bomber of the RAI in 1/72 using the Dora Wings kit. In my view, this aircraft fitted nicely into the 'twins' GB nicely, it had twin hulls, twin booms and twin engines, the only question was whether it fitted into the 1935-1945 window but after looking at reference, it looks like these aircraft were in their endgame from 1935 and consigned to reserve by 1939. The stuff... The box Lots of plastic Glazing, decals, PE and resin engines. Glossy instruction booklet Never built anything from this manufacturer before so it will be interesting to see how this goes. I do have a civilian version of this also in the stash , so this'll be a pathfinder. I'll start this as soon as the Fokker is all but done, so shouldn't be too long. Stuart
  7. Vultee Vengeance Mk.I/Ia (DFW72038) 1:72 Dora Wings Distributed in the UK by Albion Alloys The A-31 Vultee Vengeance was designed and built for a French order that couldn’t be fulfilled due to Nazis overrunning the country before any deliveries could begin. The British government became interested in the design and placed an order for up to 300 airframes, by which time the aircraft had garnered the name Vengeance. It’s unusual wing design that looked like a diving bird had a 0° angle of incidence that made for an accurate dive with no lift from the wings to draw it off course. After America joined the war the type was investigated for their own use and given the number A-35 for their own and export use. Changes to the wing made it a little less accurate, but gave the pilots a better field of view, and an uprated engine from Mk.Ia onwards gave it a bit more power. By the time the Vengeance reached British service, the losses taken by the Stukas that it had been designed to emulate gave them pause for thought, and they weren’t allocated to the European Theatre of Operation (ETO), but were instead sent to India and Burma initially, although they were later phased out in favour of more capable machines before the war’s end. They eventually found their way to an anti-malarial spraying job, as mosquitos and the malarial plague they brought with them was taking a toll on troops and locals alike. Many of them finished their days as target tugs after being stripped of their weapons. Australia made a larger order and they found them to be much the same as the British did, seeing most of them out of service late in 1944, although a few lingered for a while. The Mk.II that followed was a slightly improved version of the original Mk.I, with just over 500 made. The Kit This is a new tool from Dora Wings of this peculiar beast that looks more like a creature than most. We received the awesome 1:48 kit of the Mk.II in early 2022, and now we’re getting a first look at the 1:72 kit of the Mk.I/Ia. It’s brand new and thoroughly modern, with a level of detail that gives the impression that a shrink-ray has been applied to its larger companion, except for a slight change in sprue layouts, and the fact that shrink rays don’t yet exist. The kit arrives in a small top-opening box, and inside are seven rectangular sprues in a greenish-grey styrene, a sprue of clear parts, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE), a sheet of pre-cut vinyl masks (not pictured), decal sheet, and the instruction booklet. It’s a comprehensive package, and there is plenty of PE at this scale to help you get some serious detail into your Vengeance. Examining the sprues, there has clearly been a lot of effort expended in creating this tooling, as detail is everywhere, and it’s good quality with engraved panel lines and some raised panels giving it a professional finish. Construction begins with the cockpit, which is of a larger size due to it having two crew members. The pilot’s instrument panel is a well-detailed part applying two dial decals, which has more styrene and PE parts plus an sloped wrap-around section, hanging a pair of styrene rudder pedals from the rear of the console. A compass with decal fits to the right diagonal section on a PE bracket, then the floor and bulkheads are made, which doubles as the roof of the bomb bay, as is common. Two seats are built from individual sections including PE diagonals and have PE four-point belts included for the pilot only. He also gets PE head armour and a styrene head rest on the bulkhead behind him, and a pair of side consoles that are built up in the same detailed manner as the instrument panel. The pilot’s seat is fixed to the floor on a ladder frame in front of the bulkhead and is hemmed in by the addition of the instrument panel and side console at that point. The gunner has a complex suspension mount for his seat that fits on a recessed circular section of floor with some additional parts around the area. The fuselage halves have a large area of ribbing engraved into the interior that covers the cockpit and bomb bay, and is further detailed by the addition of various PE and styrene parts before it is put to one side while the cockpit/bomb bay are finished off. The rear section of bulkhead is built up with PE and styrene, creating the base for the mount of the twin machine guns that are made later. A radio box is also put together for later. The bomb bay can be modelled open or closed, but it would be a shame to close the doors on all that detail. The instructions allow you to do that though, as it’s your model after all. Steps 19-27 & 48 cover the bombs with PE fins, a cylindrical tank, the door mechanisms, plus adding constructional beams to detail up the bay to an excellent level. The tail wheel is also made now with yet more detail, and this level of effort also extends to the twin .50cals on their mount, with sighting and bullet-shield parts, plus the twin-spade grips for those defensive moments. With a laundry list of assemblies complete, you can close the fuselage halves on the cockpit and tail wheel assemblies, adding two more detail parts in the area behind the gunner. The top of the fuselage is open forward of the cockpit, which is rectified by adding an insert and convex bulkhead to the front, and an A-frame roll-over bar between the two crew. Attention then turns to the big radial engine up front. The Vengeance Mk.I was powered by a Wright Cyclone R-2600-A5B, the Mk.Ia using a R-2600-19, with twin banks of pistons that are both are present on this model. Work begins with the front bell-housing and ancillaries, which has a drive-shaft for the prop pushed through the front and is held in place by a washer at the rear. Each bank of cylinders is made from front and rear halves, with a star of push-rods and wiring harness added to the front, capped off with the bell-housing. Its exhaust stubs are each made of two halves for fitting to the model, one per side. The engine assembly is attached to the front of the fuselage ready for its cowling later. The oddest part of the Vengeance are the wings. Before they are closed, the main bay walls are added to the upper wing, which has the roof detail moulded-in, augmented by PE ribbing, plus some additional detail added to the front walls. As the two wing halves are brought together, an insert is fixed into the trailing edge that has a curved outer edge to accept the flying surfaces. Two of these are made up, and joined by three flying surfaces with an additional pivot point fixed into the wing as you go along. This gives you plenty of leeway for posing these parts to your whim. The forward sections of the main gear bays are built up with three additional parts that are applied to the sides and front of the detailed roof. If you’ve opted to open the bomb bay, the two bombs are attached to their Y-shaped yokes and laid flat in the bay, then the wings and the angular elevator fin are fixed in place along with the rear gun and radio box in the cockpit. It’s looking like an aircraft now, and the transformation continues as you make up the cowling from two main halves and lip parts, into which the lower intake trunking is installed along with two PE splitters. Care here will reduce any hiding of seams later, which is always nice. The cooling flaps are moulded into the cowling in this smaller kit, making use of PE parts to recreate the dive-spoilers, which can be posed deployed with PE supports, and should look very realistic once painted, especially if their fit is as good as those on the 1:48 kit. The elevators and rudder are all separate assemblies that can again be posed deflected if you wish. The canopy is a large greenhouse with plenty of frames to terrify the masking averse, but they needn’t worry, as Dora have included a set of vinyl masks in translucent grey, pre-cut for your convenience. There are five canopy parts, beginning with the windscreen and working back to the gunner’s windows, all of which are slender and clear within the limits of injection moulding. There is a short vertical aerial on the centre section, which should be rigged with a length of fine line to the forward tip of the rudder fin, which is visible on the box art to assist you in getting it right. The main gear is similar to many American dive bombers, consisting of a straight, thick leg with PE oleo-scissors and detail parts, and a captive “spat” at the bottom of the leg that is a lot less usual. Four small side bay doors are also included with PE openers that are easy to lose as I found out in its larger cousin, and throughout the various bays, detail is excellent. The legs are fixed into the bays with a retraction jack added behind, installing the lower dive-spoilers and the bomb bay doors in the next step. If you’re closing the bomb bay, there is a single part for you to use, but leaving them open you have four parts, two per side, as the doors fold-up into a sharp V-shape at each side of the bay. As an aside, I used the closed bomb bay part as a mask for the open bomb bay in my 1:48 build, cutting notches where the door actuators extend beyond the walls. The fit was so snug that it was held in position by friction alone. A small PE exhaust outlet is inserted into a slot in front of the bomb bay, and at the rear of the aircraft the PE tail bay door is rested against the leg. The propeller is made from a single set of moulded blades that have a combined boss and spinner added to the front. Pop the pitot probe under the right wing, and fit two circular landing lights into their recesses under both wings, and that’s it done. Markings There are a generous four decal options on the sheet, although they’re all wearing the same basic brown/green camouflage scheme, with sky blue undersides, differentiating by their codes and lettering styles. From the box you can build one of the following: Mk.Ia (EZ804), 110(H) Sqn., Burma, 1944 Mk.Ia (EZ977), 8 Sqn., IAF, India, 1944 Mk.I (AN590), 1 GBPi, Brazil, 1943 Mk.Ia (EZ957), 110(H), Sqn., Burma, 1944 <ul style="list-style-type:upper-alpha"> Decals are by DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The profiles contain thanks to both Steve Long and the director of the Camden Museum of Aviation for their assistance with this project. Conclusion This is a superbly-detailed model of this lesser-known combatant in the Pacific theatre during WWII, with its weird wings and massive engine cowling making it stand out on your model shelf. The 1:48 kit was a treat to build, and there’s nothing to suggest that this will be any different, with barely any difference in the level of detail supplied. Very highly recommended. Available soon from Dora Wings in the Ukraine, and in the UK from importers Albion Alloys. Review sample courtesy of Available soon in the UK in all good model shops. Distributed by
  8. Fairey Delta 2 (DW72009) British Supersonic Research Aircraft 1:72 Dora Wings distributed in UK by Albion Alloys Following WWII, British aviation technology still lead the world, giving away first place to the speed of sound to the Americans by cancelling the Miles M.52 project and sharing the data. The delta wing had been considered as a new wing planform for early jets, and Fairey was tasked with looking into it along with a great many other new aspects that came alongside jet engines. The Type-R project was originally intended to be a VTOL undertaking, but pivoted to supersonic flight and renamed it the Delta 1 project. An initial contract for three airframes was curtailed once the initial prototype had flown, as it was a difficult aircraft to fly with many vices, although Fairey continued flying it as a test-bed until 1956 when they bent it in a rough landing, grounding it for good. The FD2 originated as a single-engined transonic interceptor, but morphed into something different due to Fairey’s inventiveness and dissatisfaction with doing just what was asked of them. The early data that was gathered during the FD1 project and the experience of the new chief engineer they imported from Hawker gave them a start, although the Gannet project took priority during this period, slowing down progress for a time. Rebels that they were, the FD2 was developed upon a specification that would outstrip requirements by a substantial margin that eventually led the aircraft to be the first in the world to reach 1,000mph. Two prototypes were built, and care was taken to ensure that military equipment could be added later if it reached service, taking to the sky toward the end of 1954. A flameout of the first prototype due to loss of fuel supply resulted in serious damage to the rear end after the main gear failed to deploy in time for the emergency landing. Once back in the sky, supersonic flight became commonplace for the aircraft in France after the Ministry refused permission over the UK because they mistakenly believed that sonic booms could be dangerous at low-level, although no claims for damages were ever lodged in France. Its proximity to and collaboration with French engineers gave Dassault plenty of data that helped in the design of the Mirage III, which shared many of the same characteristic of the FD2, save for the droop-snoot that was later incorporated by the Concorde engineers. The two airframes went on to perform a great deal of test flying, part of which included flying at supersonic speeds without the use of reheat in 1955, despite almost total lack of support from the Ministry, who were under the sway of Duncan Sandys, and only had eyes for missiles. The record had previously been held by a North American F-100 Super Sabre, and after many hurdles were crossed, including reticence from Rolls Royce and the Civil Service (some things never change), Fairey went ahead on the 10th March 1956, reaching 1,132 mph or Mach 1.73, which was 37% more than the previous record. Once the competition had got over the shock, they put their best efforts into taking the record back, which was finally done by the USAF flying an F-101A Voodoo at the end of 1957. Despite the success of the prototypes, Fairey could not manage to convert that success into a completed project, although some of their data and ground-breaking design-work went into the Concorde project in the 60s, including a heavily re-designed FD2 with new wings called the BAC 211. The Kit In true Dora Wings style, this kit is a little out of the ordinary and was unexpected but very, very welcome, especially by the 1:72 modellers on this here forum. I was happy that they are happy of course, and can’t wait for a similar announcement in 1:48. I can dream, can’t I? The kit arrives in a small top-opening box with a painting of the FD2 in-flight over broken cloud, and inside are five crisply-moulded sprues in grey styrene, a small sprue of clear parts, two decal sheets, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE), a sheet of vinyl masks, and a portrait format A5 instruction booklet printed in full-colour on glossy paper. Detail is excellent, as we’ve come to expect from Dora Wings, who seem to improve with every kit. The exterior of the model is sleek like the real thing, with fine engraved panel lines, super detail inside the upper wing halves, moulded-in sidewall detail in the nose, cockpit, gear bays and legs that wouldn’t look out of place on a kit of a larger scale. Construction begins with the cockpit, starting with the narrow instrument panel with decal, covered by a coaming and set aside while the ejection seat is built from five parts plus decals representing four-point seatbelts. The shallow cockpit tub receives the seat on two tabs, plus the short control column with the instrument panel in front, and an oval bulkhead in front of that. The rear bulkhead finishes the cockpit, which is inserted between the nose halves, separated from the fuselage at the pivot-point for the droop-snoot. The canopy is furnished in two parts, which is good news for this scale, then the spine and underside are fitted with aerials and PE vanes on the pitot probe, which are probably left off until after painting. The fuselage has its intakes fleshed-out inside by two additional parts per side, and the exhaust tube is made from two halves plus a forward bulkhead that has the rear face of the engine moulded-in, then it and the nose gear bay are trapped between the two fuselage halves, adding a flat spar between to support the wings. These are built from upper and lower halves, adding aileron and flap to the trailing edges, and an actuator fairing to the ailerons, briefly stopping to admire the detail included in the gear bay mouldings before you slot them onto the spars, following up with the rudder, which can be posed deflected if you wish. The nose can be fitted drooped or straight for in-flight by using one of two bulkheads supplied, glued into the flat front of the fuselage, mating the nose once the glue is cured, and taking note of the two diagrams that show the correct angles from the side. A gaggle of auxiliary intakes are scattered over the upper fuselage, and PE strakes are fitted into shallow grooves in the upper wings, flipping the model over to fit the landing gear and bay doors. The main bay struts are braced by a V-strut, while the nose gear leg is an A-frame with extended central strut and a Y-brace near the top of the retraction jacks. Another retraction jack is fitted as the main legs are installed in their bays, fitting a single main wheel to the axle inboard, with a captive bay door on the outer face. The nose gear leg is installed as-is, slotting two wheels on a cross-axle near the front of the bay. Markings You might expect these prototypes to be bare metal only, but they also got to wear some colourful schemes, especially at shows. From the box you can build one of these four options: WG774, March 1956, World Air Speed Record – 1,132mph, pilot Lieutenant Commander Peter Twiss WG774, 2nd September 1955 WG777, RAF Musuem, Cosford, Shropshire, UK WG774, SBAC Show Farnborough, September 1958 Decals are by Dora’s usual partner, DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin satin carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion The only thing that could make this a better FD2 if it was in 1:48. I know I’m harping on about that a little bit, but I figure if I mither Eugen often enough he might cave in. It’s a great kit with plenty of detail, including the droop-snoot if you feel the urge, just don’t be tempted to fill that join line. Very highly recommended. Available in the UK in all good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  9. My first build of the new year will be the Dora Wings 1/48 Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep. A bit of an intriguing aeroplane - it doesn't look quite right to me, it's a bit oddly proportioned, and maybe that's because it was apparently deliberately designed to be difficult to fly (an unusual attribute for a trainer!), so much so that it wasn't offered for sale to civilians at the end of WWII. Box and sprues: It's a nice-looking kit, crisply moulded with some nice detail, although it relies on PE for some smaller details. I'm going to get cracking tomorrow. cheers Julian
  10. Some days ago Dora Wings released a new tool 1/72nd Fairey Delta FD.2 kit (thread). And herebelow the Dora Wings season's greetings postcard... With a Fairey Delta FD.1 ! Looks like a subliminal message to me. So just a rumour. To be followed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/pfbid0uhJWDn4bVpujKU7ZTbtwCbmcofG2Dxm7DoSgJyiVMo7aSBkivB3xUEndG874RQTyl V.P.
  11. Republic P-47C Thunderbolt with Ferry Tank (DW48054) 1:48 Dora Wings imported in the UK by Albion Alloys The Thunderbolt was developed from a series of less-than-successful earlier designs that saw Seversky aviation change to Republic, and the project designation from P-35, to P-43 and P-44, each with its own aggressive sounding name. After a realisation that their work so far wasn't going to cut it in the skies over war-torn Europe, they went back to the drawing board and produced the P-47A that was larger, heavier and sported the new Pratt & Whitney R-2800 18-cylinder radial that would also power the B-26 Marauder, P-61 Black Widow and F4U Corsair. With it they added eight .50cal Browning machine guns aligned along the axis of flight in the wing leading edge. The P-47A was still a smaller aircraft, and was initially ordered without military equipment to allow faster completion, but it was considered inferior to the competition then available, so an extensive re-design was ordered that resulted in the much large P-47B, firing up to 100 rounds per second from the eight .50cal wing guns, and with a maximum speed of over 400mph, leaving just the fuel load slightly short of requirements. It first flew mid-1941, and despite being a heavy-weight, its performance was still excellent, and the crash of the prototype didn’t affect the order for over 700 airframes, which were fitted with a more powerful version of the R-2800 and a sliding canopy that made ingress and egress more streamlined, particularly when bailing out of a doomed aircraft. Minor re-designs to early production airframes resulted in a change to the P-47C, which meant that fewer than 200 Bs were made, the C benefitting from improved radio, oxygen systems, and a metal rudder to prevent flutter that had been affecting control at certain points in the performance envelope. A quick way to spot a C is the vertical radio mast behind the canopy, which was changed from forward raked on the C and later variants. The production from a new factory that had been opened to keep up with demand led to the use of the D suffix, and they were initially identical to the C, but the cowling flaps were amended later, making it easier to differentiate. Of course, the later bubble-canopy P-47s were far easier to tell apart from earlier marks, and constant improvement in reliability, performance and fuel load was added along the way. Its weight, firepower and seemingly unstoppable character led to the nickname ‘Juggernaut’, which was inevitably shortened to ‘Jug’ and led to many, many off-colour jokes during and after the war. Jokes that are still soldiering on to this day, despite being older than many of us. The Kit This is a minor variant on a brand-new P-47B tooling from Dora Wings, following on from their P-43 Lancer that we reviewed earlier, which bears more than a passing family resemblance. The kit arrives in a petite top-opening box, with an attractive painting of the subject on the front that has a gloss varnished finish over the aircraft itself and the Dora logo, adding an air of class to the package that is replicated within. Opening the box reveals a clear re-sealable bag that contains eight sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a set of resin wheels in a Ziploc bag, and the instruction booklet in portrait A5 with colour throughout that has two decal sheets and vinyl canopy masks slipped inside. We have been reviewing Dora’s output for several years now, and every kit they release is an improvement over the last, with this one no exception, which is particularly impressive given the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The surface detail is excellent, with fine engraved panel lines, raised and engraved features, a full rendition of the massive power-plant, detailed cockpit and gear bays, and posable flying surfaces. Construction begins with the instrument panel, which has three decals applied to the front, and a pair of rudder pedals with separate actuators attached behind it. The seat has a PE diagonal in the rear of the pan, and has PE four-point belts added to it, plus a mounting frame at the back, also creating a throttle quadrant with PE gate and levers ready for installation in the cockpit later. The cockpit floor is a flat part that is covered in ribbing and other details, adding PE and styrene levers before putting in the rear bulkhead on a keyed tab, then fitting the seat assembly and control column into the centre of the floor. The two sidewalls are detailed with styrene radio and document box, plus the throttle box and PE levers, with a detailed painting guide that continues throughout the build. The sidewalls trap the instrument panel and rudders near the front of the cockpit, with a semi-circular bulkhead closing off the view forward. Attention then shifts to the engine, starting with the reduction bell-housing, which has a horse-shoe wiring harness added to the rear, magnetos and other equipment added to the top of the housing, then fitting a ring of push-rods behind it before fixing the two banks of cylinders behind, both with fine cooling vane detail engraved around the sides, and in order to reduce the thickness of the styrene the rear faces are hollow where they won’t be seen, which is eminently preferable to sink marks in the fine details. This is a trick they have been using for a while, including the Vultee Vengeance I built last year. The cowling is supplied in two halves, with a multi-part insert making up the ducting in the lower portion, locked in place by the one-part cowling lip with its distinctive horse-collar frontal profile. The newly-tooled fuselage is closed around the cockpit, adding a spar through the wing root mouldings, intake backing surfaces in the sides of the fuselage, and the detailed turbosupercharger insert under the tail. A tiny rib is also added to the front of the nose gear bay during closure. The rudder is made from two parts, adding thickness to the lower section, then the elevator fins are each assembled from two parts in preparation for installation in the tail. Before this, the wings are made, starting with the upper skin, which has the main gear bay roof detail moulded-in that is augmented by fitting the bay walls around the edges, and several ribs running aft, plus a retraction jack in the outer section. Before closing the wings, the four .50cal machine gun barrels are inserted into the leading edge on a carrier that sits inside the wing on a groove to ensure they project the correct distance and at the right angle to the wing. The completed wings are slid over the spars and glued in place, adding a smooth central insert in the belly, the ailerons, posing them deflected if you wish, fitting leading-edge inserts around the guns, and a choice of deflectors over the outlets on the fuselage sides. Two small triangular PE webs are glued to the rear of the bays that should be done before painting the bays, a landing light is inserted into a hole in the lower wing, and twin cowling flaps are fixed into position in front of the exhausts. The fairing over the turbosupercharger is then fitted, the detail remaining visible thanks to the outlet at the rear, which you could thin a little more for additional realism. More sub-assemblies are created next, starting with the four-bladed Curtiss Electric prop, which is cleverly made from two almost identical parts with half the boss moulded into each blade pair. The two-part spinner and prop-shaft are slipped through the hole in the centre, and a PE spacer ring is glued to the rear before it is put aside, although it might be as well to paint it and apply the stencil decals to the blades at this stage. The cockpit coaming is vaguely triangular and has the gunsight with reflecting glass fixed to the slot in the rear along with a backup PE ring sight, then the wheels are built using resin tyres that have no central seams, plus styrene hubs each side, while the resin tail wheel is fitted later in the build. The ferry tank is moulded as a two-part dome that conforms to the underside of the new fuselage. The main gear legs are each single parts to which the two-part scissor-links are fitted, adding the lower captive bay door first, then the narrow upper section that has PE links, and a long strut joining the top. The tail wheel strut is in two halves with a separate yoke and two-part actuator that extends deep into the bay for insertion later. The engine is mated to the front of the fuselage via the bulkhead that has a raised centre portion to achieve the correct position so that it will be properly visible through the cowling that is placed over it. The elevator panels and cowling are installed, fitting the wingtip lights and a PE trim-tab to the rear of the starboard aileron, then installing the prop, the rudder that traps the single part elevators in position, the vertical mast behind the cockpit and the pitot in the port wingtip. The canopy is supplied in two parts, the windscreen forming a separate part that has a rear-view mirror fitted to the top, then is joined by the main canopy, which sadly can’t be posed open because it is moulded integrally to the fixed rear sections. Underneath, the main gear is added with its resin wheels and inner bay doors plus actuators, the tail wheel strut is inserted into its bay and has the resin wheel slipped over the axle, gluing bay doors to the sides with PE actuators. Markings There are four decal options on the sheet, all wearing the same olive drab over grey schemes with wavy demarcations, but with decals and bright nose art that help to individualise them. From the box you can build one of the following: P-47C-5-RE (41-6347) 56FG 62FS, Cpt. Eugene W O’Neil, May 1943 P-47C-5-RE (41-6539) 4FG 336FS, Cpt. Kenneth D ‘Black Snake Pete’ Peterson, April 1943 P-47C-5-RE (41-6330) 56FG 62FS, Col. Hubert Zemke, April 1943 P-47C-2-RE (41-6192) 4FG 336FS, Woodrow W Sooman Debden, May 1943 Decals are by Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin satin carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There is a full painting table on the rear page that gives the colour names, plus Mr Hobby, Tamiya, AMMO, Hataka and LifeColor paint codes to assist you with painting your model. Conclusion Dora Wings make interesting and detailed models that are a little out of the ordinary, and while the P-47 is hardly unusual, this and the -B variant were very short-lived, so have their own rarity value and appeal. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Distributed in the UK and Available in all good model shops by
  12. Hi all. Novelty from Dora Wings. Dedicated to those who still remember the Frog models...... 😉
  13. Fairchild AU-23 Peacemaker (DW72033) 1:72 Dora Wings via Albion Alloys Toward the end of the Vietnam War the US instigated a project to provide the South Vietnamese Air Force with a cheap, light combat aircraft that could provide fire support for troops in engagement as well as take on missions on its own, whilst being able to operate from short, poorly prepared runways in the middle of nowhere. At the time Fairchild were license-producing the Pilatus Porter, and it was one of the contenders, along with another very similar-looking aircraft, the Helio Stallion. Both types were utilised after conversion to include external stores mounting points, including four wing pylons and a sideways firing 3-barrelled version of the 20mm Vulcan cannon. They were converted in small numbers as the AU-23 Peacemaker, powered by a 625hp turbo prop engine, and went into service to prove their worth in combat evaluation, flown by US and Vietnamese personnel in roughly equal measure. They were found to be lacking in power, leaving them vulnerable to ground fire for longer, even once the heavy ordnance had been unloaded on the enemy, a tactic that is known as a zoom climb. The fact the aircraft had no armour to protect the crew or vital systems was also a problem, and anything larger than rifle-fire could cause serious damage or take down the aircraft. The evaluation also exposed weakness in the aircraft’s structure that was possibly due to its new equipment or the more aggressive flying that comes with combat, and that caused groundings and the eventual decision to withdraw them from service, as they were not suitable for combat without extensive upgrades to all the systems and airframe strengthening. They were consigned to storage in Arizona for a period, after which they were sold to the Thai Air Force for border patrol and counter-insurgency operations where the likelihood of large calibre incoming fire and evasive manoeuvring was very slight. Some Pilatus built aircraft were assigned to Air America in the 1960s, the covert airline run and funded by the CIA, and they proved very useful getting into and out of short, poorly prepared and remote airstrips that were common in Vietnam and the surrounding countries at the time. One aircraft was later repainted in the blue and white livery of Air America to star in the film of the same name. The Kit Originally release under the BPK (Big Plane Kits) brand in 2017, the model had new parts added shortly after, then has appeared in a few boxings under BPK and Dora Wings badges with different decals. This new boxing marks the third outing as the Peacemaker, and arrives in a small top-opening box that contains four sprues of grey styrene, a clear sprue, a small bag of resin parts, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE), decal sheet and the A4 portrait form instruction booklet that is printed in colour, and has decal profiles on the rear pages. Detail is good, although a little flash is to be found on a few parts, but it’s nothing that won’t scrape off in a few seconds. One or two short lengths of the panel lines have also degraded over time, most noticeably on the wings, and will need to be rescribed if it concerns you. Construction begins with the interior, starting with the flat floor section that has three single rows of seats on each side, supported by two sets of PE frames on each side of the walkway. The six passenger seats are made up from the cushion and backrest parts, and the two pilots’ seats are different, having raised sides and a high back that implies the presence of protective armour. They are also made from a square base and the winged back part. The pilots have rudders and control columns inserted into holes in the floor, and a two-part instrument panel with decal depicting the dials is built and mounted on a tubular support with two arms that locate under each end of the flat portion of the panel and fix into the floor on two pins. To close the fuselage, the two halves are prepared by adding a grill into the cockpit sidewall area, side windows and portholes behind the side doorways. A bulkhead is inserted behind the floor, and a pair of pillars are placed inside the halves behind the cockpit but in front of the side doors, then the halves are joined together, adding the tail-wheel, two PE fairings and a PE mudguard with stirrup around the wheel. You may have noticed that the fuselage halves stop short of the nose, which is a separate assembly that is itself made from two halves, utilising the resin parts to create the intake and frontal cowling, plus the exhaust shroud and the pipe itself that slots into the rear of the groove down the port side of the assembly. This variant has a three-blade prop that has the tip of the spinner moulded-in, and is completed by adding the back-plate and mating that to the nose, although it’s probably best left until final assembly after painting. The completed nose is fitted in place later. The upper wing is full-span and incorporates a short section of the roof, adding wingtip fairings and the lower wing halves, which also have separate control surfaces with ribbing moulded-in. The elevators are also single span top and bottom, fitting oversized tips and the flying surface to the rear, then detailing it with PE actuator, two trim-tab actuators, and straps on the wingtips. The wing is installed over the cockpit area, adding a pair of PE rails to the inner end of the flaps, and a pair of PE strakes on each leading edge near the root. The clear double-doors are inserted into their cut-outs in the side of the fuselage, fitting the windscreen, which extends into the roof in a manner that’s called panoramic in the motoring world. Small PE parts are added to the doors, and a hatch is glued over the port side window of the cockpit, which is best done after painting, using Klear/Future to adhere it to the window after the masking is removed. The elevator isn’t shown being joined to the flat section of the rear fuselage, but is simply shown in place, having a pair of small appliqué parts added on either side of the fin, which is made of two halves, plus the rudder panel, plugging into the fuselage by the usual slot and tab method. It also has a PE actuator, and all the flying surfaces can be posed deflected if you wish, adding extra interest to your model. A C-shaped PE towel-rail antenna, plus four more styrene parts and a clear light are added to the roof, while the wings are covered in PE access panels near the spar line, most of which are circular, plus rings near the tips. Under the wings several more PE hinges and other small parts are fitted, adding a PE deflector and antenna in front of the tail-wheel at the same stage. The main wheels are made from two halves plus an outer hub, and a PE brake assembly on the rear, through which the axle will pass. The main struts have two tiny PE parts fitted, and are linked together by a shallow V-shaped support, which attaches to the underside of the fuselage on pegs, the struts locating on the sides. The wings are supported by a pair of diagonal struts that link the bottom of the fuselage to the bracket that is moulded into the lower wing, adding PE tie-down loops further outboard. While the model is inverted, a pair of foot steps are attached under the side doors, with another L-shaped part under the starboard double-door and a blade antenna to the rear of the engine cowling. There are weapons included on the sprues that are appropriate for some of the decal options, which includes the choice of a pair of two-part fuel tanks that fit on pylons under the wings, or rocket pods that are made from two halves plus end caps with details moulded-in, and a separate pylon adapter. A set of two flat pods are left on the sprues for use in other boxings. Markings There are four decal options on the small sheet, two in different camouflage schemes, two as Air America airframes, one of which was a film star. From the box you can build one of the following: (B/n 42093) Royal Thai Air Force, Bangkok, January 2018 (S/n N360F) of Air America at Bangkok Airport, late 1960s (B/n 238) Air America Livery, from the film of the same name (S/n 72-1307) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida USA during 1972 Decals are by Dora Wings’ usual partner, DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This kit should build up into a creditable replica of the Peacemaker, with a variety of operators depicted on the decal sheet. The inclusion of a movie star also appeals. Highly recommended. Available in the UK in all good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Placeholder for 1/72 Dora Wings P-43 Lancer. To be built as a RAAF Lancer.
  15. My LMS ordered in a Dora Wings 1/48 Seversky J9 for me, which I was able to collect yesterday. So far, so good! Got it home, opened the box, admired the plastic - it really is a lovely kit. But unfortunately, closer inspection revealed that Sprue A (fuselage and cowling) is mis-packed - it's actually the one for the P-35 kit, not the J9/P-35A kit. The cowl guns are in troughs, not blisters. A bit annoying as I wanted to do the J9, but it's perfectly buildable and I'm really not bleating. In considering my options, I thought about getting some AM decals for a USAAC P-35. But then I came across the S-2 owned and raced by Frank Fuller. So my question is: what are the differences between the P-35 and the S-2? As far as I know, apart from military equipment obviously, the differences between the P-35 and the S-2 are primarily no dihedral in the outer wings and a lower canopy. I read somewhere that the IP is entirely different as well. Are there any other differences that I should be aware of before I embark on sprue-cutting? I would be looking to model the aircraft in its #77 guise, painted (metallic?) green, i.e. 1938-39 Bendix Trophy races. I know there have been a few builds here on BM, notably the late-lamented Moa with a superb 1/72 Rareplanes vac, and a couple of Williams Bros 1/32 builds (Chris @bigbadbadge - did you build yours?). There are a few photos on t'interweb, but I've not yet found any definitive information. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed! All the best, Mark
  16. Republic P-47B Thunderbolt (DW48051) 1:48 Dora Wings The Thunderbolt developed from a series of less-than-successful earlier designs that saw Seversky aviation change to Republic, and the project designation from P-35, to P-43 and P-44, each with its own aggressive sounding name. After a realisation that their work so far wasn't going to cut it in the skies over war-torn Europe, they went back to the drawing board and produced the P-47A that was larger, heavier and sported the new Pratt & Whitney R-2800 18-cylinder radial that would also power the B-26 Marauder, P-61 Black Widow and F4U Corsair. With it they added eight .50cal Browning machine guns aligned along the axis of flight in the wing leading edge. The P-47A was still a smaller aircraft, and was initially ordered without military equipment to allow faster completion, but it was considered inferior to the competition then available, so an extensive re-design was ordered that resulted in the much large P-47B, firing up to 100 rounds per second from the eight .50cal wing guns, and with a maximum speed of over 400mph, leaving just the fuel load slightly short of requirements. It first flew mid-1941, and despite being a heavy-weight, its performance was still excellent, and the crash of the prototype didn’t affect the order for over 700 airframes, which were fitted with a more powerful version of the R-2800 and a sliding canopy that made ingress and egress more streamlined, particularly when bailing out of a doomed aircraft. Minor re-designs to early production airframes resulted in a change to the P-47C, which meant that fewer than 200 Bs were made, the C benefitting from improved radio, oxygen systems, and a metal rudder to prevent flutter that had been affecting control at certain points in the performance envelope. A quick way to spot a B is the forward raked aerial mast behind the cockpit, as this was changed to vertical on the C and beyond. The production from a new factory that had been opened to keep up with demand led to the use of the D suffix, although they were initially identical to the C, but the cowling flaps were amended later, making it easier to differentiate. Of course, the later bubble-canopy P-47s were far easier to tell apart from earlier marks, and constant improvement in reliability, performance and fuel load was added along the way. Its weight, firepower and seemingly unstoppable character led to the nickname ‘Juggernaut’, which was inevitably shortened to ‘Jug’ and led to many, many off-colour jokes during and after the war. Jokes that are still soldiering on to this day, despite being eligible for a pensioner’s bus pass. The Kit This is a brand-new tooling from Dora Wings, following on from their P-43 Lancer that we reviewed here in 1:48, which bears more than a passing family resemblance. The kit arrives in a petite top-opening box, with an attractive painting of the subject on the front that has a gloss varnished finish over the aircraft itself and the Dora logo, adding an air of class to the package that is replicated within. Opening the box reveals a clear re-sealable bag that contains eight sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, decal sheet and vinyl canopy masks in a Ziploc bag, and the instruction booklet in portrait A5 with colour throughout. We have been reviewing Dora’s output for several years now, and every kit they release is an improvement over the last, with this one no exception, which is particularly impressive given the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The surface detail is excellent, with fine engraved panel lines, raised and engraved features, a full rendition of the massive power-plant, detailed cockpit and gear bays, and posable flying surfaces. Construction begins with the instrument panel, which has three decals applied to the front, and a pair of rudder pedals with separate actuators attached underneath it. The seat has a PE diagonal in the rear of the pan, and has PE four-point belts added to it, plus a mounting frame at the back, also creating a throttle quadrant with PE gate and levers ready for installation in the cockpit later. The cockpit floor is a flat part that is covered in ribbing and other details, adding PE and styrene levers before putting in the rear bulkhead on a keyed tab, then fitting the seat assembly and control column into the centre of the floor. The two sidewalls are detailed with styrene radio and document box, plus the throttle box and PE levers, with a detailed painting guide that continues throughout the build. The sidewalls trap the instrument panel and rudders near the front of the cockpit, with a semi-circular bulkhead closing off the view forward. Attention then shifts to the engine, starting with the reduction bell-housing, which has a horse-shoe wiring harness added to the rear, magnetos and other equipment added to the housing, then fitting a ring of push-rods behind it before fixing the two banks of cylinders behind, both with fine cooling vane detail engraved around the sides, and in order to reduce the thickness of the styrene the rear faces are hollow where they won’t be seen, which is eminently preferable to sink marks in the fine details. This is a trick they have been using for a while, including the Vultee Vengeance I built last year. The cowling is supplied in two halves, with amulti-part insert making up the ducting in the lower portion, locked in place by the one-part cowling lip with its distinctive horse-collar frontal profile. The fuselage is closed around the cockpit, adding a spar through the wing root mouldings, intake backing surfaces in the sides of the fuselage, and the detailed turbosupercharger insert under the tail. A tiny rib is also added to the front of the nose gear bay during closure. The rudder is made from two parts, adding thickness to the lower section, then the elevator fins are each assembled from two parts in preparation for installation in the tail. Before this, the wings are made, starting with the upper skin, which has the main gear bay roof detail moulded-in that is augmented by fitting the bay walls around the edges, and several ribs running aft, plus a retraction jack in the outer section. Before closing the wings, the four gun barrels are inserted into the leading edge as a single part on a backing plate that sits inside the wing on a groove to ensure they project the correct distance. The completed wings are slid over the spars and glued in place, adding the ailerons, posing them deflected if you wish, fitting the inserts around the guns, and a choice of deflectors over the outlets on the fuselage sides. Two small triangular PE webs are glued to the rear of the bays, a landing light is inserted into a hole in the lower wing, and two cowling flaps are fixed into position in front of the exhausts. The fairing over the turbosupercharger is then fitted, the detail remaining visible thanks to the outlet at the rear. More sub-assemblies are created next, starting with the four-bladed Curtiss Electric prop, which is cleverly made from two almost identical parts with half the boss moulded into each half. The two-part spinner and prop-shaft are slipped through the hole in the centre, and a PE spacer ring is glued to the rear before it is put aside, although it might be as well to paint it and apply the stencil decals to the blades at this stage. The cockpit coaming is vaguely triangular and has the gunsight with reflecting glass fixed to the slot in the rear along with a backup PE ring sight, then the wheels are built from tyres in two halves, plus two hubs, while the tail wheel is moulded in two halves with integral hub. The main gear legs are each single parts to which the two-part scissor-links are fitted, adding the lower captive bay door first, then the narrow upper section that has PE connectors, and a long strut joining the top. The tail wheel strut is in two halves with a separate yoke and two-part actuator that extends deep into the bay for insertion later. The engine is mated to the front of the fuselage via the blanking plate that has a raised centre portion to achieve the correct position so that it will be properly visible with the cowling that is placed over it. The elevator panels and cowling are installed, fitting the wingtip lights and a PE trim-tab to the rear of the starboard aileron, then installing the prop, the rudder that traps the single part elevators in position, the forward-raked mast behind the cockpit and the pitot in the port wingtip. The canopy is supplied in two parts, the windscreen a separate part that has a rear-view mirror fitted to the top, then is joined by the main canopy, which sadly can’t be posed open because it is moulded integrally to the fixed rear sections. Underneath, the main gear is added with its wheels and inner bay doors plus actuators, the tail wheel strut is inserted into its bay and has the wheel slipped over the axle, gluing bay doors to the sides with PE actuators. Markings There are four decal options on the sheet, all wearing the same olive drab over grey schemes with wavy demarcations, but with decals that help to individualise them. The first option also has darker green camouflage splotches around the leading and trailing edges of the flying surfaces to break up the outline a little. From the box you can build one of the following: P-47B-RE (41-6002), Colonel Hubert Zemke, 56th FG, Bridgeport, September 1942 P-47B-RE (41-5905), Wright Field, Ohio P-47B-RE (41-5901), ‘Lucky Seven!’, the Seventh Serial P-47 P-47B-RE (41-6037), 1st Mixed Instruction Group, Brazil, October 1944 Decals are by Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin satin carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There is a full painting table on the rear page that gives the colour names, plus Mr Hobby, Tamiya, AMMO, Hataka and LifeColor paint codes to assist you with painting your model. Conclusion Dora Wings make interesting and detailed models that are a little out of the ordinary, and while the P-47 is hardly unusual, this variant was very short-lived, so has its own rarity value. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Available in the UK in all good model shops via their importers:
  17. The new Dora Wings project is a 1/32nd Dewoitine D.520 kit - ref. 32?? Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/pfbid02nVTphb3r5nrS5zz1s6716ivuM5zAkarsdDdaXmrf8AF8CKERA4Nv5L8y7YFxa8K7l First renders V.P.
  18. Curtiss-Wright CW-22B (DW48036) 1:48 Dora Wings via Albion Alloys The Curtiss-Wright CW-22 was developed as a light trainer and reconnaissance aircraft, flying as early as 1940, then entering service from 1941. It was a small aircraft with two seats and large canopy that afforded the pilots an excellent view of proceedings. A number were exported to various operators including the Dutch, although because of the state of the war, they were delivered to them in the Dutch East Indies, totalling 25 airframes. The US forces ordered a number to fill gaps in their inventory, with successive increases in the orders resulting in just over 300 airframes entering service in total. A small number also found their way into Japanese service after being captured from the Dutch during their advances across Asia. The Kit This is a reboxing with new parts of a recent tool from Dora Wings of this unusual little aircraft, and the first mainstream kit in this scale, although there have been a few others over the years from niche producers in resin and other materials. It arrives in their appealing top-opening box with glossy sections picked out, and inside are seven sprues in mid grey styrene, a clear sprue, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, vinyl masks, decal sheet and instruction booklet that is printed in colour, roughly A5 in a portrait format. Perusing the sprues reveals a nicely detailed kit that shows continued improvement from their initial releases, and it is a comprehensive package with a crystal-clear single-part canopy. Construction begins with the cockpit, with the two instrument panels attached to their bulkhead hoops and detailed with a decal for each one. The cockpit floor is outfitted with controls, fire extinguisher and several other frames, including a pair of PE rudder pedals on an inverted U-shaped former. The two seats are on a separate sprue, and each has a PE four-point harness fitted before they are installed in the cockpit, with a forward and aft bulkhead bracketing the assembly. The fuselage halves are prepared internally with a long insert that covers up the wing root, adding throttle quadrants, levers and instrument boxes, with a little painting to finish off. The engine must be made up before the fuselage can be closed, and this is depicted by a two-part cylinder bank, a PE wiring loom and a front bell-housing that is then surrounded by the exhaust collector, and you can drill out the aggregation outlet, which exposes the hollow interior that runs all the way around the ring. A flattened intake and some small parts are fitted to the front and sides of the engine, then at the rear the intake tubing spider is fixed over a toroidal spacer and has a simplified depiction of the ancillaries and an exterior ring added before it is glued to the front of the cockpit on a pair of Z-shaped mounts. The fuselage can then be closed around the assembly, and the wings are made up. The lower wings are full-width with some nice detail moulded into the central section, and as expected the upper wings are separated with a gap for the fuselage to fill. The ailerons are separate, and a two-part U-shaped fairing is installed around the main gear bays for later completion, then the tail feathers are installed, all with separate flying surfaces and fine trailing edges. Four small PE cross-members are fixed within each of the main bays, and the lower engine cowling is installed around the exhaust. The wheels are inventive, having two outer halves and a central boss between the halves that gives a see-thru look if aligned correctly. The struts are single parts with a perpendicular axle, plus separate oleo-scissor link and retraction jacks at the base of each leg, fixed between two triangular pivots. Actuators within the bays join the doors together; the landing lights are inserted into depressions under the wings; actuators for the ailerons are added to the wingtips, and the tail-wheel fits into a small hole in the rear of the fuselage. An anti-roll-over cage is placed on a faired over section between the two pilots within the cockpit. The canopy is a single part, which is a shame for this model, as the cockpit is open and well-detailed out of the box. It is very clear however, so your hard work will still be seen. A pitot probe is mounted in the leading edge of the port wing, and the twin-blade prop with a boss and axle is inserted into the hole in the front of the bell-housing. Markings There are three decal options in the box, two from the Dutch East Indies, and one captured airframe in Japanese colours, with the same basic scheme shared by all options. From the box you can build one of the following: Dutch East Indies Air Force, Java 1941 Dutch East Indies Air Force, Java 1941 Captured by Imperial Japanese Air Force, 1942 Decals are in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas, and as mentioned there are decals for the instrument panels in the cockpit. Conclusion The CW-22B is an extremely niche subject, and it’s an interesting shape. The detail is good, and the model should build up into a good replica of a left-of-field subject, which is Dora Wings’ stock-in-trade. Highly recommended. Available in the UK in all good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Vultee Vanguard Mk.I/J.10 (DW48050) 1:48 Dora Wings of Ukraine The Vanguard began with grand aspirations in the design offices of Vultee, where they imagined a suite of aircraft for various purposes that were built around a set of standard components, consisting of wings, tail and rear fuselages. The plan was to create four types, when in actuality only two came from the initial designs, the Vanguard sharing common parts with its stable-mate the Valiant. The Vanguard had some teething troubles due to its intended sleek cowling causing overheating of the 30L radial Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine, and after an accident during trials, the more traditional cowling was adopted to avoid extra weight of ducting to solve a problem that was of their own making. Sweden made a sizeable order, but following the unexpected raid on Pearl Harbour that drew America into WWII, the exports were embargoed and the US was left with a bunch of aircraft on hand that they hadn’t planned on having. The British made representations to take at least 100 off their hands to use as trainers in Canada, but after using them in trials, they handed them back with a resounding “thanks, but no thanks”. It was decided to send them to China for use by additional Tiger Squadrons of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), minus a number that had been written off in ground-loop accidents that it seems to have been prone to. They were sent via India, where even more were lost in trials, and even mislaid in transit, resulting in few of the original consignment reaching China, where American involvement was waning as the pilots returned home to fight the war with Japan and German instead. Chinese pilots were assigned a couple of squadrons of aircraft, and although they appreciated the manoeuvrability of the airframe, they were pitifully slow compared to the faster types in use by the Japanese, and adding its similarity from a distance to some of the Japanese aircraft, many were lost in incidents that we refer to today as blue-on-blue. They did have some success in action however, but generally relied upon hit-and-run tactics to get in, hit the enemy and get out before they woke up and fought back. It can’t have been much fun for the pilots, or the mechanics that had to keep them operational, as they were mechanically frail. Many were destroyed in strafing attacks on the ground, leaving too few to have a meaningful impact on the conflict, so the few remaining Vanguards were mothballed with the possibility of use in the anticipated fight against communism that would be on the horizon once WWII ended. There’s a good chance they’re still there unless someone thought to scrap or move them. The Kit This is another new tooling from our friends at Dora Wings, who are continuing to create great models despite the trials and tribulations that Ukraine has been suffering for the last year. This is their second Vultee aircraft model, and I had a hoot building the first one, the Vengeance last year. If this one is anything like it, it will be more modelling fun. The kit arrives in a modest top-opening box, and inside are seven sprues in a greenish-grey styrene, a sprue of clear parts, a bag containing decals, Photo-Etch (PE) sheet, and pre-cut vinyl masks (not pictured), rounded out by the A5 portrait instruction booklet, printed on glossy paper with colour throughout, and profiles on the rear pages. Detail is excellent, with fine engraved panel lines, rivets and fasteners alongside raised and engraved details that are of top quality. Construction begins with the cockpit, starting with the instrument panel that is laminated from a flat backing plate, decal with dials, and the PE instrument panel, which is probably best painted first before being “glued” to the freshly applied decal on the back plate with some clear gloss for alignment purposes. The sloped lower panel is laminated from a styrene plate with PE panel over the top, and the main panel is slotted into the top, with more decals, styrene and PE controls/levers. The rudder pedals are suspended from the back of the panel, then it is set aside while the other parts of the cockpit are made up. The seat is a simple design to which you add lap-belts, and four sub-assemblies are put together for later inclusion in the sidewalls. The sidewalls are tubular frames, which receive the sub-assemblies and individual parts dotted around within reach of the pilot, then these too are set aside to create the cockpit floor. The floor is a flat panel to which you add two boxes as if to receive two seats, but only one is sited atop the forward hump with its control column, with the rear backed by a two layer A-frame and bulkhead that slots into the back of the floor. The port side frame is then attached to the long edge of the floor, followed by the starboard side, remembering to place the radio box on its palette as you do so. The front bulkhead is prepared with two .50cal breeches projecting into the cockpit, and on the front is a two-part tank and reservoir that will be within the engine compartment shortly, after being surrounded by zig-zag tubular frames that make up the engine mounts. An A-frame is added behind the pilot’s head and is braced against the rear of the cockpit, with a headrest for the pilot’s comfort. The fuselage sides have internal details moulded-in, and have additional components added above inserts that hide the wing root before they are closed around the cockpit - after painting of course. The Vanguard is a low-wing monoplane, so the lower wing is full-span, with a long spar and PE divider separating the gear bays within, dropping the upper wing halves over it, and adding the long two-part ailerons to the trailing edges. The fuselage is lowered into position between the two upper wing halves, after which the tail-feathers are prepared, making up the elevator fins from top and bottom halves, the upper side having the entire tip moulded-in to give a slender edge. The elevator flying surfaces are also two layers, with the trailing-edges moulded into the top half to obtain a sharp boundary. The fin and rudder are both two halves each, the rudder having the tip and trailing-edge moulded into the port side for the same reasons. The Pratt & Whitney engine is moulded as two separate banks with additional push-rods, wire loom, bell housing and connecting hoses, plus a central axle and top-mounted magneto installed on the bell-housing beforehand. The ribbed fairing that covers the front of the fuselage has six detail parts inserted inside before it is glued to the nose in preparation for mounting the motor later. First, the three-part cowling, collector ring and hollow-tipped exhaust are assembled around the engine, which by now will have been painted and if you’re feeling dedicated, you’ll have wired up the pistons too. At this stage the tail feathers have all been slotted into the rear of the fuselage, taking care to set them perpendicular to each other. The cowling is completed by a very neatly engineered lip and three sections of PE cooling gills, which you will need to roll and bend to match the profile of the styrene cowling. They sit on a lip hidden within the cowling, so as long as you put enough super glue to hold them, they should stay in place, and having carried out this same task on my Vengeance last year, it’s not too tricky, and the end result is worthwhile. The completed cowling is offered up to the cylindrical hub on the nose, and glues in position along with an intake on the port side that fixes to a lip in the edge of the cut-out. Each of the wheels are assembled from two halves, and as they’re treadless you shouldn’t have any lost detail once you’ve dealt with the seams. The canopy is a three-part affair, with an optional fixed rear section that has different glazing layout, one having fewer panes than the other. The windscreen glues to the front of the cockpit aperture, and the sliding centre section fixes in the middle, sliding back over the fixed section to open. A pair of top-mounted clear wingtip lights slot into holes in the wing surface, with another on the spine behind the cockpit. The landing gear legs are each single parts with a separate scissor-link and three-part captive bay cover, the smallest of which projects out away from the vertical, and are joined by another that hinges from the outer edge of the bay cut-out. More wingtip lights glue into the lower wing, and the tail wheel strut with small door, onto which the smaller tail wheel slides if fitted under the tail. A landing light is inserted into a hole under the port wing next to the pitot probe, adding a crew access stirrup and blade aerial under the cockpit before installing the three blade prop, which is a single part and is gripped from front and rear by a two-part spinner with a small o-ring inserted inside without glue – hopefully. Markings There are four markings options on the decal sheet, two of which relate to real airframes in service (sort of), while two more represent what-if airframes of the Swedish Air Force, as if the export hadn’t been embargoed. From the box you can build one of the following: Vultee Vanguard Mk.I (c/n 502) California, 1940 Vultee J-10 (c/n 501), California, September 1940 Vultee J-10 (c/n 2393), 1 Division F13, Norrkoping 1943 (what-if) Vultee J-10 (c/n 23103), 3 Division F11, Norrkoping 1945 (what-if) Decals are by Dora Wings’ usual partner, DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion I feel kind of sorry for this ill-fated and mediocre little aircraft, but this kit of it is excellent, and should bring this diminutive fighter a little bit more prominence than it has received so far. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Available in the UK in all good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Morane-Saulnier MS.230 in Foreign Service (DW48037) 1:48 Dora Wings The MS.230 was a parasol-winged monoplane trainer used by the French Armée de l’Air during the 1930s, as well as several foreign operators who recognised its tame handling characteristics as the perfect “learner” for novice flyers. Its stability also endeared it to civilian operators after it fell out of use in military circles, with over 1,000 produced. It was powered by a Salmson 9AB 9-cylinder radial engine from the factory, although a few dozen were produced with alternative engines, some of them more powerful to match the customer’s requirements. After France fell to the Nazi Blitzkrieg steamroller, a few extant airframes were taken on charge to use in their training pool, as the Third Reich seemed incapable of leaving a functional war machine on the sidelines, regardless of how ineffective or difficult to maintain they were. Following WWII the civilian market was its major user, and its stable flight characteristics led to it being a camera ‘plane on occasion. A few airframes are still in existence, with more in museums around the world. The Kit This reboxing of a new tooling from Dora Wings that first hit the shelves in 2020. We missed the first one, so this is the first time we’ve laid eyes on the parts, which arrive in the usual petite top-opening box with a painting on the top that has a glossy over-printing on the subject matter, giving it an air of class. Inside the box are five sprues in grey styrene, although two of them contain just one wing surface each. Inside a separate Ziploc bag is a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a small slip of clear acetate pre-printed with windscreen shapes, and the decal sheet. The A5 instructions round out the package, with spot colour throughout and colour profiles at the rear for the decal options. Detail is excellent and there is a lot of fabric draped over ribs depicted on the skin of the aircraft, a full engine, and a detailed reproduction of the parasol wing and its connecting struts. Construction begins with the cockpit, starting with the floor, onto which the rear bulkhead and two pairs of rudder pedals that have PE bases are added. Several ribs and braces are fitted into holes in the floor and the two seats are prepared with PE seatbelts before they are mounted on the short bases that are inserted into the floor earlier. A pair of throttle quadrants and instruments with decal dials and aerodynamic fairings are prepared for later use, then the exhaust collector is built out of four parts, the main wheels are each glued together, and an intake horn is also assembled from two plastic halves with a PE grille added to the front. The cylinder banks of the engine are moulded in a single circular part, which you add rods around the rear, and an inverted horseshoe within the hollow mount, plus the bell-housing at the front. Once finished, a PE and styrene fan of push-rods are slipped over the bell-housing, followed by the individual exhaust pipes that converge on the collector ring from the rear, adding a disc and shaft to the centre when it is in place. The fuselage halves have ribs moulded inside around the cockpit area, so painting that before inserting the cockpit and closing-up the two halves is a wise move, and perhaps leave off the PE grab handles and crew step until after painting is completed, the same could be said for the PE windscreen bases and the sheets of acetate that are glued to them. The two-part rudder can be attached to the fin on pegs, deflected to one side if you wish, and adding the aerodynamic fairing to the front of the fuselage. The wings halves are each full-span, and have ailerons slotted into the trailing edge, and an additional instrument panel with decal in the thick centre-section of the wing where the chord is narrowest. A pair of long actuators glue under the wings, with the forward mounting point entering the wing via a raised pattress moulded into the wing. You might be relieved to hear that there’s no rigging, but there are lots of struts to be fitted to the fuselage in preparation for mounting of the wing, starting with the cabane struts over the cowling at the same time the engine is installed at the front. The elevators are each single thickness and slot into the tail on a pair of pegs, with two actuators for the rudder beneath their location. The instrument packages made earlier are glued to the sides of the cockpit using outlines engraved into the surface, then the large forward struts and an additional support are inserted into holes in the sides of the fuselage along with a platform that also has an engraved location point on the fuselage side. The landing gear affixes under the struts at the same locations, made from a V-shaped axle, a PE interlink, and a thick beam that inserts into a hole in the top of the vee of the wing strut, taking care to align everything properly to the wings. The model is completed by fixing a dome beneath the fuselage, the intake horn under the engine, the two-blade prop, the main wheels and a tail-skid at the rear of the fuselage. Markings There are three marking options included on the decal sheet, with a variety of operators for you to choose from, and you can build one of the following from this kit: Belgian Flying School “Ecole de Pilotage Wevelgem”, April 1932 Spanish Republican Air Force, Cuatro Vientos/Museo del Aire, 2009 RC+QT Luftwaffe Flying School, Schweidnitz, summer 1941 Decals are by DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness, and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Another impressive release from Dora Wings under difficult circumstances. A friend came to visit and his eyes lit up when he saw the box, which might give you an idea, and the price should clinch the deal. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Curtiss-Wright CW-21B Interceptor (DW48046) 1:48 Dora Wings This little-known light-weight fighter was developed as a private project by Curtiss-Wright with a similar ethos to the Japanese Zero, which was under development almost simultaneously half-way around the world. It was intended to be unbeatable to altitude, outclimbing anything from the era, in order to take down bombers or reconnaissance aircraft before they could reach their target. It was supposed to climb away from its attackers so had little in the way of protection for either the pilot or the fuel tanks, and wasn’t all that heavily armed either, with just two guns in the nose of either .30 or .50 calibre, synchronised with the rotation of the propeller. As expected, the US Army Air Corps were disinterested, but the intent had been to export the type anyway, so Curtiss were unconcerned, although one tester was less than complimentary about the difficult landing characteristics of the aircraft, stating that it took a genius to land it safely. In 1940 a small shipment was sent to China as part of an export agreement, with three transported pre-assembled, the remaining airframes to be constructed on arrival, totalling 30 in all. The Chinese liked them a lot more than the Americans, and put them into limited use where they claimed a few kills. Curtiss were looking to improve the design to gain wider appeal, so two additional sub-variants were created, one dropping the Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine in favour of a V-12 Allison motor, which remained a paper project. The other variant was the CW-21B, which changed the retraction of the main gear from rearward to inward, removing the need for fairings under the wings, and giving the gear a more traditional look. The tail-wheel was also made semi-retractable, remaining in the airflow with a fairing surrounding it to minimise disturbance. An order of 24 was made by the Netherlands, but after the country was overcome in short order by the Nazis Blitzkrieg tactics, the order was transferred to the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army where they served valiantly, but were overcome by sheer numbers of Japanese aircraft. Before long they were all either destroyed or no longer airworthy, save for one that was used as a liaison hack, the eventual fate of which is unknown. The Kit This is a brand-new tooling from Dora Wings, and it’s an awesome achievement for them to continue to release new products while the Ukraine is still at war, and Eugen is doing his duty for his country. The kit arrives in a small top-opening box with a painting of the type on the front, having just downed a Japanese fighter. Inside is a resealable bag with six rectangular sprues in a medium grey styrene, a small sprue of clear parts, a decal sheet, vinyl canopy masks, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE), and the instruction booklet in A5, printed on glossy paper in colour, with profiles on the rear pages. Detail is excellent, continually improving since their debut, with fine panel lines, raised and engraved details, and inclusion of aspects such as PE and masks that many companies consider extras. Construction begins with the instrument panel, which has a decal for the dials, and is applied to a C-shaped frame, adding some small PE toggles to the dash. A lower stack of instruments is installed between the legs of the frame, from which the rudder pedals hang, and another C-shaped frame glues on behind it, making it free-standing like an easel. The pilot’s seat is a single part that has a pair of PE lap belts slung over the sides, and both assemblies are joined to the floor, which has the control column and a lever installed, plus a bulkhead behind the pilot’s seat. Preparation of the fuselage begins with detailing the insides of the cockpit sidewall on the starboard side with a throttle quadrant and a few levers, and adding more details to the port side. The area around the tail-wheel is a separate insert with ribbing moulded onto the inner faces to allow the original CW-21 to be made from the same fuselage halves. The halves remain separate for now, as the engine must be built first, as it resides inside, so let’s get on with that. The input pathway for the engine is moulded almost complete, but has two missing L-shaped tubes glued into place to finish it off, as is the push-rod wheel, which also has the bell-housing moulded into it, and magneto fixed to the top of it. The 9-cylinder radial engine is made of front and rear halves, with the gaps filled between the cylinders by inserts moulded into the front. The two halves are closed up around the prop-shaft, allowing the propeller to rotate if you don’t overdo the glue. The intake array attaches to the rear with a cylindrical spacer behind it, and the exhaust collectors are made up from two parts each side, with the impression of a hollow lip given by clever moulding. You could deepen the hole to add realism, or just paint the inner black. The two assemblies fix to the engine at the rear, one each side, with the push-rods at the front, and another ring at the rear, joining the three N-shaped mounts that fix to a D-shaped bulkhead behind. Even now, we’re not closing up the fuselage yet. There are wings to be built. As is common with low-wing monoplanes, the underside wing surface is full-width, and the various segments of main gear bay walls insert into position within, performing the additional task of strengthening the shape, accompanied by a short T-shaped spar that also follows and reinforces the dihedral of the wing. The upper wing halves are glued on top, and a central ribbed section covers over the rest of the gear bays. The ailerons are each separate parts, and two small U-shaped ribs are inserted into the bays, and now you can close up the fuselage, trapping the cockpit and engine in position as you do so. A small section of the cowling lip is a separate insert to facilitate adding the gun ports, and a little intake is backed by a trapezoid insert before it is added to the fuselage and the wings are joined to the underside of the fuselage. The fin is moulded into the fuselage, while the elevator fins are fixed by slots and tabs, joined by the separate elevators and the rudder panel, plus a pair of gun barrels that are slipped into the ports in the nose at the same time. The three-bladed prop is a single part to which you add the spinner, and then glue it to the drive-shaft, and the canopy is a single moulding with a spot for the PE ring that has a PE bead inserted into the fuselage in front of the canopy. A pitot probe slides into a hole in the port wing, after which the model is inverted to deal with the gear. The main wheels are each two parts that you can sand a flat into to depict weighting if you wish, and each one mounts on the bottom of the strut, which has a separate oleo scissor-link, and a captive bay door. The inner bay doors each have an L-shaped PE retractor added, and glue to the centreline between the bays along with a retractor for the gear, one part styrene, the other PE. The tail-wheel has a single-sided yoke to which the tiny wheel fits, and the model is completed by adding a clear landing light under each wing, aileron fairings near the wing tips, and a small horn-shaped “thing” between the main gear bays. I don’t profess to know what that is, but is could be a horn, a fuel dump or even a little whistle so people know you’re coming. I’m kidding, by the way. Markings There were only around 50 airframes made, so having three decal options makes for the depiction of a decent proportion of them. They all wear the same basic camouflage, but the operators’ markings help to differentiate them. From the box you can build one of the Following: ‘White Patrol’, Perak Airbase, Java, 2-VLG-IV, September 1941 ‘Yellow Patrol’, Perak Airbase, Java, 2-VLG-IV, September 1941 Ex-Dutch, captured and flown in Japanese markings, Singapore, 1945 I don’t know who prints Dora Wings’ decals, but they have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The instrument decal is printed as dials only with a clear film that allows the modeller to paint the panel without having to match colours. Conclusion I’m a fan of Dora Wings, as they’re not frightened of portraying types that you might not have heard of before, and suggest that amongst many other reasons to buy their kits, that’s one of them. This little fighter looks like a baby Corsair with straight wings before its prop grew in, and it will confuse the heck out of anyone that hasn’t heard of it before. The fact that it is also a well-detailed kit is a bonus. Don’t forget that the Ukraine is still not the safest place in the world for anyone, so if you decide to purchase this kit (why wouldn’t you?), it’s possible you might have to be patient due to the vagaries of the situation. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Well, I've got a Dora kit of this beauty, but I've picked up the Amelia Special with only this decor supplied. On considering the build, I think I'd prefer one of the other options from other Dora boxes. Winnie Mae, Shell oil, etc. My fuselage has only 2 openings but all the transparent parts and the seats are in the box. I think I can sort out the window situation. But I'm on the scrounge for spare decals 😁 The other boxing comes with I think 4 different civil options. So if you have built this'un and have the remaining transfers spare and not required, I'd be happy to make a deal 😎 Gotta say that Winnie Mae does look great, but any of the other options would be most welcome. Obvs if you want to try your hand with Amelia's NR7952 with gold linings, I've got just the sheet for you as a trade....!
  23. Here is my recently completed P-63 Kingcobra in 1/72 by Dora Wings for the 'Prototypes, Racers, Research, Record Breakers, Special Schemes mega GB', build log here: A lovely kit with it mainly being injection (by ANG), resin wing modification, PE and kit decals. The kit was let down by not turning it into a proper racer; radio and seat armour plate shouldn't be fitted (too late for me) MG ports and hub cannon should be filled/removed are the now obvious ones. The decals took an age to come off the backing paper too. Painted overall with Humbrol 15 and finished as the winner of the Sohio Handicap Trophy Race, 1948. Thanks for looking. Stuart
  24. My second is this offering from Dora Wings, a P-63 Kingcobra. Box art. And the goodies. Stuart
  25. Has anyone heard anything about the status of Dora Wings? I am aware there is a war on, however other Ukrainian manufacturers are still operating, and Ukrainian hobby shops are still shipping. The reason I'm asking is that I see announcements from Dora Wings about forthcoming projects (i.e. the DHC-2 Beaver) indicating that there is someone there, but orders remain unfulfilled after 3 months. I'm perfectly happy waiting if they remain shut down due to the war, I'm just curious how they are researching and developing new projects at this time.
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