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  1. Stencil Decals for Do.17Z, Harrier GR.7/9 & P-38 1:48 Eduard Now and again Eduard release decal sheets in connection to newly released kits, or stencils for kits that they have done the research for previously. The latter can come in handy for your average modeller, as sometimes the kit doesn’t include a complete set of stencils for expediency or whatever reason. Some folks, myself included think that the inclusion of a full suite of stencils adds extra realism to a model, although there is of course the time element and the extra carrier film edges to hide. Eduard have been busy these last few months and have released three new sets that we have in to review. Each one arrives in a clear foil re-sealable envelope with a card stiffener, a cover page with instructions, plus the decal sheet with wax paper protecting the delicate printed surface. The decals are printed by Eduard and have good register, sharpness and colour density, with a glossy carrier film printed close to the edges of the printed areas. Lockheed P-38 Lightning Stencils (D48071) This set will fit any of the available kits in 1:48, including the Tamiya, Academy or Hasegawa kits, and over the course of eight profiles from overhead, underneath, the sides of the fuselage and booms, plus an additional one for the props, the locations of all the many stencils are shown clearly on coloured line drawings that will be familiar if you've built one of their kits before. The back page has an advert for their other decal sheet that has numerous P-38F/G airframes depicted on it. BAe Harrier GR.7/9 Stencils (D48072) This set contains two 99% complete versions of the same markings for the Hasegawa kit or an Eduard reboxing, one in black, the other in loviz grey, depending on which timeframe the aircraft you are depicting flew. There is a large note on the front of the sheet that incites you to check your references to ensure you choose either A (black) or B (grey). Four main profiles show the location of stencils on the airframe, while a whole page is devoted to pylons, tanks, gear legs and even the numbering for the 26 blades within the front of the engine. That’ll be fun! Dornier Do.17Z “Flying Pencil” Stencils (D48073) Although not the smallest set from this little gaggle, it has the lowest number of decals, but I have checked the box of my ICM kits for which it is intended, and none of the stencils are included, but they are both night fighters if that has any bearing. The location of each stencil and wing walk lines are given over four views, with a choice of white or red for the walkway marks. An additional diagram covers the markings on the props, which always improves the look of any model – providing it has props of course. Conclusion To me, stencils go a long way toward adding realism to a model, so the effort of applying them to a project is well worth it. These stencils should help you with your task of creating realism in miniature, and with Eduard's decals you know they'll go down just fine. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Dornier Do.17Z-2 WWII Finnish Bomber 1:48 ICM (48246) The Dornier Do 17, nicknamed the flying pencil due to its slender shape, was a light bomber designed by Dornier Flugzeugwerke in the mid-1930s. Along with the Heinkel He 111, the Do 17 carried out the lion’s share of bombing raids against the UK up to the end of the Battle of Britain. The Do 17 Z was the main production variant and featured a redesigned forward fuselage that was enlarged in order to accommodate a rear gunner. The Z-2 sub-variant featured new 1000hp engines which addressed an earlier problem with under powered units. This enabled the bomb load to be doubled from 500kgs to 1000kgs, this full load did though limit combat radius to 210 miles. For the crew there were additional side firing guns, however as the three guns in the pod were only served by one gunner he could not do all at the same time. After heavy losses the machine guns were replaced with heavier MG 151/15 cannons. As the Germans supplied equipment to their allied No.46 Sqn (Later 46 Bomber Sqn) of the Finnish Air Force would receive 15 Aircraft in January 1942. Ten of these would be lost to operations but the remaining five would serve through to 1952 when they were scrapped. The Kit ICM have been releasing plenty of Do.17 and Do.215/7 variants in the last couple of years, which has been great news for the Luftwaffe modeller in 1:48, with only a few kits and variants to choose from previously. The Z-10 was first of the Do.17 variants to hit the shelves, with the Z-2 and Z-7 all based on the same basic sprues but with additional parts added to depict the differences. The origin of the tooling is 2015, and is part of the newly ICM that has been improving their mould manufacturing techniques, so is of good standard, with plenty of detail. There are a number of parts that will be left on the sprues after construction due to the nature of the tooling, and these are marked out on the instructions. The box is standard ICM fair with the inner flap protecting the parts, and inside the sprues are protected by a single resealable bag with another separating the clear parts within to prevent any issues. Construction begins with the cockpit, but unusually it is the sidewalls details that are inserted within the fuselage, which even includes the small raised platform on which the pilot's seat and control column sits. The other crew seat is fitted to the starboard fuselage side along with more details, and aft of this there are three bulkheads that bracket the bomb bay, which also has a stiffening lip added long the sides. The rear gunner's seat is fitted last on frames at the rear of the cockpit, and what passes for a cockpit floor is first glued to an insert that then attaches to the underside of the nose. The underside nose glazing is then added. A main internal tank is then made up and fitted behind the cockpit section. The upper wing is full span, and the lower wings are separate, with cut-outs for the landing gear bays that expose moulded-in detail within the inside of the upper panels. It has separate ailerons and fits over the top of the fuselage, covering the bomb bay over. If you're planning on opening the bay doors, remember to paint the inside of the wing a dark colour so it can't be seen, as it doesn't have any internal structure, but does have some recesses and ejector pin marks that could possibly be seen past the fuel tank or in the aft portion of the bay that is empty. The elevators are separate and form a H-shaped assembly with the rudders, which are also poseable, and these fit flush with the top of the fuselage by the usual slot/tab arrangement. Taking care to align these properly now will save a lot of work blending them in later. Building up the engine nacelles commences with the firewalls added to the lower wing cut-outs, following which the aft bulkhead has the retraction struts glued in place, and they too slot into the wing. The inner sides of the wheel bays are added to the wing, and these have pegs on their backsides that locate the outer nacelle skins on the airframe correctly, after the engine mounts are inserted into the port sides. The starboard sides are mounted in the same manner, and the radial engines are then constructed from a healthy number of parts, including detailed pistons, crank case, exhaust collector and fishtail tips, fitting onto the exposed engine mounts in each nacelle. The cowlings are provided as a frontal section with the annular radiator behind them, and then a framework that allows the access panels to be posed open or closed to show off the detail provided within. The props are single parts, with a spinner that fits over them, and if you're so minded, you could leave them able to spin just for the fun of it. A few scoops are fixed to the nacelles, the sturdy twin undercarriage legs with large tyres slot into the front of the bays, with two bay doors per nacelle, one each side fitting onto little hinge-points within the nacelle lip. The landing gear is made up of a two part wheel added to the main strut. A mud guard is also fitted. For the inside of the bomber full bomb racks and bombs are supplied which are now built up and slotted inside. The bomb bay doors can of course be closed as well as open but it would be shame not to include all the detail. The rear of the nose gondola is a clear part with two circular windows that will need masking off, and the canopy is moulded as a single part. Four ball-mounted machine guns slot through the front, rear, and both sides (at the rear), an aerial fits into a recess on the roof, and a blade aerial fit on top. The canopy can then be mounted. The nose glazing can also be fitted with its ball mounted machine gun. Decals There is a choice of two markings from 46 Sqn of the Finnish Air Force. Both are in Black/Green camo with blue undersides. They have yellow fuselage bands and underside yellow wing tips. One Aircraft also has large areas of white winter camo. Decals are in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Another of ICM's excellent line. Good detail with a slightly narrow choice of decals, which given only one sqn of the Finnish Air Force flew them its hardly surprising. It's now more possible than ever before to build a wide range of Do17s in 1:48, for which ICM are to be congratulated. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Mars Models is to release a 1/72nd Dornier Do.23F/G (2 in 1) kit - ref. 72003 Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/2372-172-do-23fg/ CADs V.P. Thanks Tali
  4. ICM is to release in Q4 2018 Q2 2019 a 100% new tool 1/48th Dornier Do.217N-1 - ref. 48271 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48271 V.P.
  5. My quarantine build is finally finished. The last step was also the longest - small details like antennas and rigging. But it's done and AEOLUS goes straight on the display. This build was really fun. I would like to thank to my friend Pavel for those decals and masks, again. I hope you'll li the result, . . . I do. I am thinking what my next projet will be... That's very satisfying feeling. And a few details: Cheers, Andrew S.
  6. Do.217N-1 Update Sets (For ICM) 1:48 Eduard ICM have been systematically going through the whole Flying pencil range over the past year or two, and from this 1:48 modeller’s point of view, I couldn’t be happier. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (491018) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, radio gear and other instrument consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; flooring panels; additional boxes and canopy internal structure also supplied. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1019) In case you have been stuck behind a wardrobe for a while and don’t know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of flight crew belts, you also get a set of lap belts for the poor rear crewman that would probably have ended up with a sore head in the event of a belly landing. Exterior (48998) This larger bare brass set contains some upgrades, such as delicate new pulleys and extra-fuel tank strapping inside the bomb bay; an interior roof and bulkhead skin for the bomb bay rear; cooling flaps for the radiators on the engine nacelles; towel rail aerial under the rear of the fuselage, and finally a comprehensive replacement for the kit’s radar antennae forest that involves using the original main mast but removing the over-thick dipoles and replacing them with scale-friendly new parts that slot into the masts that you cut with a razor saw. A small extension is saved for use after the dipoles are fitted, then added to the end and tipped with two stabilising brackets, probably as a result of vibrations picked up on the prototype. Radar Antennae (FE1020) If you don’t want the Exterior set for any reason, or have a different kit you’d like to apply the antennae included in the above set, this is a subset that includes only the antennae parts for your use. Construction is the same, as you’d expect. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Immediately after finishing my Fw 190D-9 from Gertrud Barkhorn (still needs its proper RFI photos), I "start" this one. It'll be my third attempt at this kit. The kit decals were printed in 2010, so this boxing is 10 years old (I already know the original kit was made in the 70s), they aren't cracked, so they should work fine (as long as they don't take much time from moving away of the backing paper). I'll be building the boxart plane. Click on the follow button if you wish to see how this build goes.
  8. Hi guys. I want to show you my latest finished build. It´s the Special Hobby Do 27 in 1:72 scale, a realy nice and well made kit. My modell shows the swedish version, Fpl 53, a Do 27A-4. Sweden got five Fpl 53 delivered in 1962. Three of them were lost in accidents, the remaining two were retired in 1991. The fitting of the kit is nearly perfect and the details are very nice. I only added the seatbelts and some foil for the cabin lagging. The steps from the kit, the exhaust pipes and some antennas were also replaced. The modell is painted with Gunze H309, decals came from different aftermarket sheets. I hope you like the little Swede. Daniel
  9. 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
  10. I have just finished this small group of a/c from the Finish AF, all build out of box. Dornier is the new Airfix kit with OWL conv. set, D.21 from MPM, an C.X. from AZ. Decals are all aftermarked. Seen during wintertime with skies. Rather dramatic story this one. Cheers Jes
  11. My Do-X X1 and X1a kit quality got better than last year's. Especially, fuselage surface condition. And in these 3D fabricated kits, I included side fuselage sticker to cover outer surface but side fuselage only. Moreover, I added sandpaper set to remove texture. X1 https://www.ebay.com/itm/113708991824 X1a https://www.ebay.com/itm/113708990321 About vanishing surface texture
  12. Ok sometimes I can’t help myself….. I’ve decided to do a third build, although I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to complete them all I really wanted to make a start on this one. Plus the other two builds are progressing better than I had hoped.. I’m a big fan of night fighters so this sort of had to come into the collection, plus I got it at a super cheap price! I do have the original box as Revell do like to use ridiculously large boxes for their models! But as can be seen she pretty much untouched other than remove her bits from nags and getting rid of excess sprue. I will be adding some AM stuff to her, Eduard’s Big ED set is a must for her. Plus some nice Quickboost bits as well. I’ll be using this supplied scheme as I’m a bit lazy but may look for another. This should be a nice simple and quick OOB build (sort of), got bogged down in some horrible AFV builds so I need this to get the Mojo going again. There’s a very good chance I’ll complete all three builds but if not at least this one is finally underway.
  13. Dornier Do 27 'Civilian Service' 1:72 Special Hobby The Dornier Do 27 is a Short Take-off/Landing aircraft fitted with a high wing and fixed landing gear. The aircraft was actually designed in Spain by the Dornier operation there to a Spanish Air Force requirement for a light utility aircraft. This aircraft - the Do 25 - was not selected for production, although the Do 27 design would later be manufactured in Spain by CASA as the CASA-127. The aircraft's excellent STOL performance ensured a lot of interest, however, and it was ordered by many armed forces. The aircraft was also the first aircraft to be mass produced in postwar Germany. This is the second of three Do 27 kits released (so far) by Special Hobby. The first edition, with decals for German and Spanish military versions, was released last year, so this is still very much a new kit. Inside the box are five sprues of grey plastic and a single clear sprue. The moulds for this kit were manufactured from steel, and there are no signs of flash or other flaws on the parts. The kit look nicely detailed throughout, and surface details are fine and crisps. Construction starts with the cabin. The modeller will have to select the version they are building at this stage, because the cabin layout varies according to the scheme chosen. The rear seats and bulkhead are added to the cabin floor along with the front seats, instrument panel and flying controls. Instruments themselves are represented by a small decal. The overall impression is of a cabinet that is well-detailed for the scale. Once the cabin is complete it can be added into the main fuselage halves. Next up the engine cowling and radiator have to be assembled and fitted to the front of the airframe. Again, there are three possible options, so make sure you select the parts appropriate for your chosen scheme. The same applies to the tail wheel, which must also be appropriate to the version being built. Next up is the main wing and the rest of the flying surfaces. The wing is split horizontally, while the elevators are solid parts. The rudder is moulded separately, so can at least be finished in a deflected position, subject to a little plastic surgery. Next up is the fixed landing gear, which is pretty simple and therefore difficult to get wrong. A couple of small photo etched parts are included, mainly for the crew and passenger access footholds. Last up, the canopy and main cabin doors and glazing are added. The doors can be posed in the open position, allowing you to show off all of the interior detail if you are so inclined. The decal sheet provides for three options: Dornier Do 27B-2 D-ENTE, Tanzania 1958-59. This is the zebra striped example featured in the box artwork; Dornier Do 27Q-5 HB-HKA. This is a Swiss aircraft painted in an all-over yellow scheme; Dornier Do 27H-2 VH-EXA, Lutheran Mission Aviation Services, Madang, Papua New Guinea 1962-4. This aircraft is finished in white over green, with a black cheat line. Conclusion Special Hobby's Do 27 is a nice little kit. Construction looks straightforward and the model is surprisingly well detailed. If this sort of subject interests you, then this looks like a really well-executed kit that can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Dear Friends Having another go with Imgur. This is the Airfix Dornier with Extradecal markings for KG3 in the BoB. Used the Eduard resin MG-15 guns The guys getting over-heated bringing the bomb are from Zvesda Hope you like it? Andrew
  15. Do 17Z-7 WWII German Night Fighter 1:72 ICM The Dornier Do 17, nicknamed the Fliegender Bleistift or flying pencil due to its slender shape, was a light bomber designed by Dornier Flugzeugwerke in the mid-1930s. Along with the Heinkel He 111, the Do 17 carried out the lion’s share of bombing raids against the UK up to the end of the Battle of Britain. The Do 17 Z was the main production variant and featured a redesigned forward fuselage that was enlarged in order to accommodate a rear gunner. The Z-7 was a dedicated night fighter, featuring a solid nose borrowed from the Junkers 88C. The new nose was was fitted with four guns; one 20mm cannon and three 7.92mm machine guns. An additional fuel tank in the bomb bay improved loiter time and for those dangerous head-on assaults, additional crew armour was fitted to the front bulkhead to protect them from defensive fire. This kit is the fourth iteration of ICM's excellent new tool Dornier. The plastic is essentially identical to the original Z-2 kit, but with a small extra sprue containing the new nose. Inside the very sturdy top-opening box are three largish frames of light grey plastic, a single clear plastic frame and the aforementioned nose. Together they 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, a control column (moulded in two parts), radio gear and other sidewall details. 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 the additional long range fuel tank for the forward part of the bomb bay. Interestingly, the instructions suggest you assemble and fit a full load of bombs into the aft part of the bomb bay. I think it's safe to say you can ignore this stage and save yourself the trouble of painting ten bombs! 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 bramo radial 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 muzzles for the cannon and machine guns, all of which were already included on the original sprues. Decal options are included for two aircraft, both of I.NJG 2, Glitze-Rijen, Autumn 1940 (R4+HK and R4+FK). Both aircraft are finished in the overall black scheme shown on the box artwork. The decals look nicely printed but no stencils are included. Conclusion ICM have certainly made the most of their investment in their new tooling, unlike Airfix who stopped at the classic Battle of Britain bomber. While both kits are excellent, ICM's effort is slightly ahead of the Airfix kit in terms of detail. The mouldings are high quality and the surface structures are fine and crisp. Overall this is a well executed and carefully designed kit which looks as though it will be thoroughly enjoyable to build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Welsh Models has released a 1/144th Dornier 228-200 kit in RAF Royal Falcons parachute display team livery - ref. SL394R Sources: http://www.welshmodels.co.uk/SL394R.html https://www.facebook.com/148316871912810/photos/a.149229715154859.36781.148316871912810/1777116499032831/?type=3&theater V.P.
  17. Dornier Do 27 "German, Spanish and Belgian Service" (72327) 1:72 Special Hobby The Dornier 27 was a classic high winged Short Take off/Landing aircraft fitted with fixed landing gear. Surprisingly enough this aircraft was actually designed in Spain by the Dornier operation there to a Spanish Air Force requirement for a light untility aircraft. The Do 25 though was not selected for production. The Do 27 design would later be manufactured in Spain by CASA as the CASA-127. The excellent STOL performance ensured a lot of interest and order from many armed forces. The aircraft also has its place in history as the first mass produced aircraft in Germany post WWII. The new Luftwaffe & Heer ordered a total of 428 aircraft. The Kit This is a new tool from special Hobby, Looking at the sprues and parts not used it looks like a later Do 27Q-5 will be boxed at some point as well. Construction starts with the main cabin. The modeller will have to slect the version they are doing early as the cabin layout varies. The rear seats and bulkhead are added to the cabin floor along with the front seats, instrument panel and flying controls. The instruments being provided as a decal. Once the main floor is done it can be added into the main fuselage halves. Next up the engine cowling and engine front are built up for the front of the airframe. This can then be added to the complete fuselage. The tail wheel appropriate to the version being modelled can then be added. Next up the main wing is completed, this is of traditional upper/lower style. The main wing, tailplanes and rudder can then be added to the main fuselage. Next up the fixed landing gear is made up and added to the fuselage along with the engine exhaust. Last up the main cabin doors and cabin glazing along with various antenna are added. The antenna vary between the versions being modelled so care will be needed to study the instructions. Markings There are are three marking options in the kit, decals are y Cartograft so that all but guarantees there will be no problems with them Do 27A-1, 55+84 Luftwaffe, Penzig AB, 1977 Do 27J-1, OL-D11 Belgian Army Light Aviation, 1970s CASA C-127, 408-1, Spanish Air Force, Spanish Sahara 197- Conclusion It is great this new tool from Special Hobby of an important aircraft for Dornier used all over the world. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hi, With my Twin Otter nearing completion (and delayed while I wait for some paint to arrive), I thought I'd make a start on my second entry to this GB. I readily admit that I know very little about this aircraft; before this GB started I'd have been unable to tell you much at all about the Dornier family of seaplanes. But, seeing some of the models out there in this GB really opened my eyes to this distinctively attractive family of aircraft. Jaime, our host, also has one of these on his bench, but has kindly encouraged me to go ahead with this one, too. So, let's get the sprue shots out of the way. I reckon this is a similarly sized aircraft to the Vickers Wellington, one of which is half-built and waiting for me to get back to it. The Trumpy Wellington kit comes with about ten sprues, so I was a bit surprised that this box contains only three opaque and one transparency sprue. There's also a simple PE fret in the box. It's nowhere near the quality of the PE that I'm used to from Eduard packs, but I'll make as much use of it as I can. The PE instrument panel in particular is a mystery as there's no detail other than dial bezels, and no decal for the IP, so I can't see that there's much enhancement over a plastic IP. The marking options give two Luftwaffe machines, one of the Spanish ASR birds, and the post-war French boat that I'm planning to build. I'd have preferred to go for one of the Dutch airframes, but I'm not going to add aftermarket costs when I quite like the Aeronavale scheme anyway. One question for anyone that knows: Italeri would have us paint those parts of the hull that are in contact with the water bright red. I guess that this is some sort of anti-fouling paint and is more likely to be a dull red? There's a nice, albeit brief, page on the French aircraft here (in French but Google does a pretty good job of translating, in my view): http://avions-de-la-guerre-d-algerie.over-blog.com/article-127-les-dornier-do-24-t1-de-la-marine-francaise-115606308.html
  19. Dornier Do 22 Design, Development, Testing & service with the Yugoslav, Greek and Finnish Air Forces ISBN : 9788365437617 Kagero via Casemate UK When you think of flying boats Dornier is a name which stands out, however the Do 22 is not one of their Aircraft which immediately comes to mind. Never adopted by the Luftwaffe the Do 22 was developed at a request by the then Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The parasol winged monoplane was fabric over metal with bracing struts to the fuselage and the floats from the wing. Only 29 examples were manufactures for Yugoslavia, Greece, and Latvia. The Latvian examples were never delivered due to occupation by the Soviets and were transferred by Germany to Finland. The Greek examples were all destroyed during the German invasion, but eight Yugoslav machines managed to escape to Egypt where they flew under RAF control until lack of spares grounded the Aircraft. The Greeks would convert some of their aircraft to land machines, and the Finnish would use them in both land & sea configurations. The book is hardback A4 about 160 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, technical drawings, and scale plans of the aircraft. There are 20 colour profiles at the rear of the book for all the operating nations. An addition is a set of loose A2 sized plans of the aircraft. Conclusion Up until this book there has been no publication dedicated to the Do 22. The depth of knowledge inside in the writing, inclusion of many technical diagrams and plans shows the dedication to this work by the author Djordje NikoliC as I am sure not much of this information was easily obtainable. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. 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
  21. Been working on these on and off for about 7-8 months, pleased with results overall. All Airfix, it's 75th Anniversary box and a cheeky Dornier which I had to add as there was a spare place on the stand which I sprayed black and painted the little Airfix logo . Heinkel fuselage windows were a pain in the.... Dornier was a lovely build but daunting, not a beginners Airfix kit in my mind. No issues on the other kits. Nice to not have to fiddle with undercarriage for a change! Might go back and add some more weathering at some point but moved onto a B-29 now...
  22. In 2017, ICM is two release new molds: - ref. 72305 - Do.215B-4, WWII Reconnaissance Plane NEW - Q1 quarter - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM72305 - ref. 72306 - Do.215B-5, WWII German Night Fighter NEW - Q3 quarter - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM72306 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/11036-katalog-ICM-2017-god.html V.P.
  23. Link here to hyperscale.com forum. It seems a second Do335 has been found. I didn't even know about the first one. http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1476415554/Intact+Do335s+found
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