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  1. Dornier Do 215B-4 1:72 ICM The Dornier Do 215 was a development of the successful Do 17z, intended specifically for export to foreign customers. A range of power plants were tried with a view to improving performance, resulting in the selection of the Daimler Benz DB601Ba inverted V-12. The initial batch of aircraft, destined for the Swedish Air Force, were embargoed upon the outbreak of war and then pressed into service with the Luftwaffe. A range of variants followed, but none were produced in any great number. The 215B-4 was a dedicated reconnaisance aircraft, fitted with Rb 20/30 and Rb 50/30 cameras. This kit is a re-release of ICM's excellent new tool Do 17, with different parts for the wings and engines. Inside the very sturdy top-opening box are three largish frames of light grey plastic and two of clear plastic which together hold a total of nearly 200 parts. The airframe is covered in crisp, recessed panel lines which look very good indeed, and the mouldings are crisp and clean. The instructions are an A4 stapled booklet which has been printed in colour and the decal sheet is clear and well printed. The overall impression is of a well-executed kit which looks as though it should be enjoyable to build. Construction begins with the very well detailed cockpit. Interior detail includes crew seats, rudder pedals, control column (moulded in two parts), radio gear and other sidewall details and a large number of spare magazines for the defensive machine guns. The instrument panel is made up from two parts and is really nice in terms of moulded detail. Internal frames for the bomb bay and wing spar are also included, as is an optional fuel tank for the forward part of the bomb bay. The bulged fairing for the Rb 20/30 camera is included as an optional part. Check which of the including marking options you wish to use, as the Hungarian version appears not to have had this fairing installed. The upper wing is moulded as a single span, complete with interior detail for the main landing gear bays. The ailerons are moulded as separate parts, which is always welcome. The rest of the flying surfaces follow suite, with the rudders and elevators all moulded separately. The elevator balance mechanisms are also included. The DB 601 engines are presented in their complete form and are rather nicely detailed, which opens up the possibility of finishing the model in some form of maintenance diorama. The main landing gear legs have to be installed as part of the construction of the engine pods, so take your time making sure everything fits well together and is painted ready for installation. With the engines in place, the rest of the build is occupied with finishing details. The canopy is nice and clear and includes the streamlined DF fairing. Six MG15s are included. The bomb bay can be finished in open or closed positions, and for once you aren't required to simply cut the bomb bay doors apart to finish it in the open position as separate parts are included for that option. Three options are provided on the decal sheet: ⦁ Do 215B-4 G2 + JH, 4./Aufkl. Gr.Ob.d.L, France, August 1940 ⦁ Do 215B-4 T5 + AH, 1./Aufkl.Gr.Ob.d.L, Luonetjarvi, Finland, July 1941 ⦁ Do 215B-4 L2 + ES, 3./Aufkl.Gr.Ob.d.L, Ukraine, August 1941 ⦁ Do 215B-4 F7 + 53, 1./1 Long Range Reconnaisance Squadron, Royal Hungarian Air Force, Ukraine, August 1942 All four aircraft are finished in RLM 70/71 over RLM 65, with the latter two aircraft finished with a mottle of RLM 71 over the lower surface. The decals look excellent and include a selection of stencils. Conclusion We've waited a while for a nice, modern kit of the Do17/215 family. ICM's new effort looks to be slightly ahead of the Airfix kit in terms of detail, and of course they are now releasing a wider range of variants from their moulds. Speaking of which, the mouldings are high quality, there is plenty of the aforementioned detail and surface structures are fine and crisp. Overall this is a well executed and carefully designed kit which is rich in detail. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Do 215B-5 WWII German Night Fighter 1:72 ICM The Dornier Do 215 was a development of the successful Do 17z, intended specifically for export to foreign customers. A range of power plants were tried with a view to improving performance, resulting in the selection of the Daimler Benz DB601Ba inverted V-12. The initial batch of aircraft, destined for the Swedish Air Force, were embargoed upon the outbreak of war and then pressed into service with the Luftwaffe. A range of variants followed, but none were produced in any great number. The 215B-5 was a dedicated night fighter, of which 20 were converted from B-1 and B-4 airframes. The aircraft were originally fitted with an infra red searchlight in the nose, but this system proved to be ineffective. From mid-1942, aircraft were fitted with the Lichtenstein 202 B/C radar instead. This kit is the third iteration of ICM's excellent new tool Dornier. The plastic is essentially identical to the B-4 kit, but with a small extra sprue containing parts for the nose, radar array and under-fuselage cannon pack. Inside the very sturdy top-opening box are three largish frames of light grey plastic and two of clear plastic which together hold a total of nearly 200 parts. The airframe is covered in crisp, recessed panel lines which look very good indeed, and the mouldings are crisp and clean. The instructions are an A4 stapled booklet which has been printed in colour and the decal sheet is clear and well printed. The overall impression is of a well-executed kit which looks like it should be thoroughly enjoyable to build. Construction begins with the very well detailed cockpit. Interior detail includes crew seats, rudder pedals, control column (moulded in two parts), radio gear and other sidewall details and a large number of spare magazines for the defensive machine guns. The instrument panel is made up from two parts and is really nice in terms of moulded detail. Internal frames for the bomb bay and wing spar are also included, as is an optional fuel tank for the forward part of the bomb bay. The bulged fairing for the cannon pack in also fitted at this stage. The upper wing is moulded as a single span, complete with interior detail for the main landing gear bays. The ailerons are moulded as separate parts, which is always welcome. The rest of the flying surfaces follow suite, with the rudders and elevators all moulded separately. The elevator balance mechanisms are also included. The DB 601 engines are presented in their complete form and are rather nicely detailed, which opens up the possibility of finishing the model in some form of maintenance diorama. The main landing gear legs have to be installed as part of the construction of the engine pods, so take your time making sure everything fits well together and is painted ready for installation. With the engines in place, the rest of the build is occupied with finishing details. The canopy is nice and clear, while the rear-firing MG15 is included. The new nose includes the delicate radar antenna and four fixed machine guns, as well as the clear part for the IR searchlight. Decal options include: Dornier Do 215B-5, Stab II./NJG 2, Leewarden, Spring 1942. This aircraft is finished in RLM 74 and RLM 75 over RLM 76. Dornier Do 215B-5, flown by Oblt. P. Gildner, II.NJG 2, Giltze-Rijen, Autumn 1941. This aircraft is finished in overall matt black. The decals look nicely printed and a number of stencils are included. Conclusion We've waited a while for a nice, modern kit of the Do17/215 family. ICM's new effort looks to be slightly ahead of the Airfix kit in terms of detail, and of course they have offered a wider range of variants from their moulds. Speaking of which, the mouldings are high quality, there is plenty of the aforementioned detail and surface structures are fine and crisp. Overall this is a well executed and carefully designed kit which is rich in detail. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Just noticed that a new volume in the Classic Publications Luftwaffe series will be published next year, Dornier Do 215 - Luftwaffe and other Operators 1938-1945, by Mikael Olrog to be published on 15 June 2017. ISBN 1906537526, currently listed on Amazon at £63.38 for pre-order. No idea what number in the series this will be but there is a gap in the numbering for the volumes in the series published so far.
  4. Dornier Do 215 B-5 1:48 Revell The Do 215B-5 Kauz III followed the lead of the Do 17Z-10 "Kauz II", with a streamlined solid nose that housed 4 x 7.9mm MG17 machine guns and a single 20mm MG FF cannon (some sources state two cannons). An infra-red sensor was also fitted, part of the Spanner-Anlage system that was intended to pick up the hot exhausts of enemy bombers, with a small Q-Rohr display screen installed in the cockpit. In practice, the device proved to be of very limited value, as it was very unreliable and could not differentiate between friend and foe. The Do 215B-5 entered service with 4./NJG 1 in early 1941, with around 20 aircraft eventually being modified to carried the FuG 202 Lichtenstein B/C radar system. While the clumsy aerial array knocked around 15 mph off the aircraft's top speed, the first "kill" was claimed in August 1941, with additional victories soon following. The Do 215B-5 soldiered on in limited numbers until 1944, with its original armament augmented by an additional pair of cannon mounted side-by-side in a pack under the nose. The Kit The kit is a Revell boxing using the plastic of ICM. The box is somewhat large for the contents. On opening, all the standard sprues are contained in a single poly bag with only the clear parts separately packed in their own bag. The five sprues of medium grey styrene are very nicely moulded, with no sign of flash and only a few moulding pips. Whilst the details such as the panel lines are very finely done there are quite a few flow marks in the plastic, although these should disappear under a coat of primer. The clear parts though are blemish free and remarkably clear which is a good job as there is quite a bit of detail within the cockpit area, in fact the whole kit is well stocked with detail. Construction begins with the fitting of the lower side console in the port fuselage part, followed by the throttle box, a panel full of levers and the radio panel. The two part instrument panel is then fitted, decals being provided for the instruments, along with a large trim wheel attached to a tripod structure. The pilots seating section is made up of the floor, two rudder pedals, each made up of two parts, the control column with separate yoke and the floor support frame. The assembly is completed with the fitting of the seat and compass housing, before the whole assembly is fitted to the fuselage side. The lower rear longeron structure is then fitted, as is the rear side window. In the starboard fuselage more switch panels, a map case, and auxiliary instrument panels are attached, along with the front and rear lower longeron structures. The three piece co-pilots seat is then assembled and glued into position. There are three bulkheads to be fitted to one of the fuselage sides and the tail wheel before the fuselage can be closed up. The rear gunners seat is then assembled and attached to the two support frames in the fuselage. A fourth bulkhead is slid into position just aft of the rear cockpit bulkhead, whilst the panels underside of the cockpit are also attached, the clear section having an optional cut out panel replaced with one that doesnt have a machine gun opening, probably a legacy part from the previous bomber version. The large fuselage mounted fuel tank is then assembled and slid between the front two bulkheads. Moving onto the wings; the two lower sections are fitted with two part radiators and fairings, before being glued to the single piece upper wing, followed by the separate ailerons and landing lamp cover. The wing assembly is then attached to the fuselage and the aircraft begins to really take shape. The kit comes with complete with two complete engines, which whilst not the most detailed, certainly give the modeller a good starting point for some super detailing. Each engine is made up of a five piece block, separate rocker covers, inlet manifold and a three piece turbocharger. The engines are then fitted with the two engine bearers and put to one side whilst the nacelles are constructed. Each nacelle comes in two halves and are fitted out with the engine mounting bulkhead, radiator, radiator inlet and outlet doors, main gear bay rear bulkhead, exhaust stubs, gear retraction jacks and linkages plus the upper and lower cowlings, which can be left loose once the engines have ben attached to their respective bulkheads. Each main landing gear is made up of two part wheels/tyres, the two oleos, complete with cross braces are provided as a single part and fitted with the mudguard and its associated mounting beam. The completed units are then slid in to the front of the gear bays and connected to the retraction actuators. The completed nacelles are then attached to the wings and fitted with the two part propellers. Meanwhile the bomb racks are fitted into the still open bomb-bay and the rear machine gun for the cockpit is assembled from the gun, ammunition drums and spent cartridge bag. The machine gun is then fitted to the rear of the canopy, whilst on top, the aerial, DF dome and armoured wind shield, which has an option of being enclosed, or with an opening for an external telescopic? gunsight are attached. The canopy can then be fitted to the airframe along with the underside rear cupola glazing. The solid nose cone is fitted out with the machine gun and cannon barrels, as well as the extreme nose panel. On the underside the bomb-bay doors can be posed open or closed and just aft of the bomb-bay the HF aerial rail is attached. The horizontal and vertical tailplanes are each made up of two halves to which the single piece rudders and elevators are attached along with the elevator control arms. The vertical tailplanes/rudders are then attached to the horizontal tailplanes and each assembly attached to the rear fuselage. To complete the build the aerials for the Fug 202 radar are carefully assembled from four aerial masts to which four dipoles are attached to each and fitted to the nose cone. Although injection moulded the aerials are quite slender, but for those who wish to have some that are more to scale Owl models do an etched set that can be used instead. Decals The decal sheet in this kit like many other new ones is made in Portugal. The decals are quite matt. The printing is off a little with the smaller stencils not being able to be read, which they should be in this scale. Some of the other smaller decals are very indistinct. The sheet offers two options; Stab II. NJG2, Leeuwarden 1942 (Green/Grey camo as per box art) NJG2, Giltze-Rijen 1941 (Overall black) As this is a Revell Kit no swastikas are provided. Conclusion It would seem with this re-boxing that the sprues have been slightly tweaked and the correct style shrouded exhaust covers and ventral gondola are now in the kit which makes a big difference. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  5. Hi, Of on my (edit - I raplaced "younger" to "more recent", not to confuse) work - just ten years (edit_ means- ten year ago). In times when no Do 215 wa as kit on market I made a scrach work to produce Do 215 B5 night fighter out of Monogram Do 17 Z. New nose including light and radar, whole engines - but also I corrected too large wing chord of Monogram kit. Result is not as nice as surely one can produce now from ICM kit (I heard on BM that also with some effort needed to corret flaws), Anyway - I hope you will enjoy. I was trying to remove silvering of original stencil decals but gave up... sorry for this. Markings are of II/NJG 2 (R4+DC) based in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in summer 1942, came basicly from drawer. Comments welcome Jerzy-Wojtek
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