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Dornier Do.335B Upgrades (for HK Model) 1:32 Eduard Brassin Dornier's pinnacle of WWII piston-engined fighters was kitted last year by HK Models in 1:32 for the first time in injection moulded styrene, and now Eduard have released a number of sets for those looking for even more detail than is already present in the kit, in Photo-Etch (PE) and resin. Interior (32825) This set comprises of two frets, measuring 7cm x 4.7cm and 7cm x 3.8cm. The larger fret is pre-painted and self-adhesive, while the smaller is bare brass and contains the more constructional elements. A tiny square of acetate is also included with the shape of the gun-sight's HUD printed to ease cutting out. The seat is given a new set of arms from folded PE, and the gun-sight is upgraded with additional details, including the aforementioned clear film. The footwell in front of the pilot's feet is overhauled with new parts, including the rudder pedals and their linkages, with a small foot-control on the starboard side. The majority of the pre-painted fret is devoted to the instrument panel and side consoles, which are a delight to behold, painted very finely with instrument faces and all the little knobs and dials a pilot could wish for. The main instrument panel is made up from two layers with an additional bezel added to the centre portion, while the side consoles are cleared of their moulded on detail before the new panels are installed along with a number of additional wheels, levers and other controls to give is a 3D look. The same approach is taken with the sidewall instruments, which are glued to the existing detail to augment them. You will need a short length of 0.8mm diameter rod to complete the job however. Interior Zoom! (33143) If you don't feel the need to add the extra brass parts to your cockpit, but would like to sparkly new instrument panels, or if you're just on a budget, this is the set for you, as it includes only the pre-painted, self-adhesive fret, as seen above. Seatbelts (32826) Supplied on a diminutive 3.5cm x 4.2cm fret with the various parts pre-painted, this set has enough parts to construct a highly detailed set of four-point safety belts for the kit seat, with realistic metallic fittings, as per the real items. Exterior (32364) This brass fret measures a healthy 14cm x 9.5cm, and contains plenty of upgrades to detail, some of which isn't strictly exterior, but still pretty useful to have. Both the kit supplied engines are trimmed with some small additional parts, along with lifting lugs for the block, with the front engine's rocker covers also fitted with a bracket. The supercharger intakes are covered with a fine circular mesh, and the gun bay gets more realistic curved feed-chutes for the cannons. The belly-mounted radiator bath has mesh inserts added to depict the radiator cores, and the outlets at the rear under the elevators are replaced with more detailed (and in-scale) doors, as is the one in the belly. The side-mounted doors need a small slit cut either side of the recess to enable correct fitting, which will require careful use of your razor saw. The engine cowlings front and rear are fitted with detailed fasteners, each of which requires four folds to create, and should look superb once installed. The annular radiator in the nose is then skinned with three radiator sections that fit over the kit sections. The gear bays are augmented with additional parts, most importantly on the inner edge of the main bays, which receive a skin depicting the framework, plus a layer of wiring, and a line of strengthening plates nearby. The nose gear receives a simple raised part, folded along pre-etched lines, but the bay doors are given new hinges, retraction mechanism and latches are provided for the bomb bay. The hatch for the crew ladder is given a new more detailed door, the inner doors on the main bays have a piece cut out and an edging strip added around the edge, and the main gear legs are spruced up with extra parts. Exhaust Stacks (632050) This Brassin set includes twenty eight replacement exhaust stubs for the 335's two engines, which if you know your DB603 is four too many. The front engine has a straight line-up of six stubs, which you can see on the pictures. The rear engine gives you the option of using six stubs identical to the forward engine, or replacing the front and rear stubs with alternatives fitted with small fins, the function of which is unclear. You'll have to check your references to see which type were fitted, but whichever ones you use, the detail is superb, with hollow exits and weld-bead lines. You will have to keep them on their casting blocks until you're ready to use them, as the stubs are handed and intended for specific engine. Wheels (632042) Arriving in Eduard's usual Brassin clamshell box, these resin wheels are a direct replacement for the kit parts, along with a full set of masks for them to assist in painting the hubs after the tyres. The hubs are separate parts, and are installed into recesses in the tyres, so could conceivably be painted separately from the tyres anyway. Detail is superb, and each tyre is subtly weighted without looking like it needs reinflating. A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation for each of the two types of hub. Muzzle Brakes (632058) Tagging along almost as an afterthought (this set arrived in June 2015) comes this small and inexpensive set from Eduard to improve the detail of your HK Do.335 in the offensive armament department. Arriving in the usual clamshell box, you will find the two parts on one casting block, pinned against the front by a protective foam insert. The parts are small, but beautifully detailed with the tiny rows of blast deflector tubes all perfectly represented with thin walls and hollow muzzles that reduce recoil on the real thing. The casting block is attached to the underside of each muzzle by a fine web of resin, which should be simple to remove with a sharp knife and a fine sanding stick, allowing the modeller to just fit them in place instead of the kit parts. For the price, you'd be churlish not to get a set, as their finesse is a big improvement over the kit parts, and even better than the sintered replacements available with one of the brass sets I've seen. I'd still use these resin ones. Masks (JX175) The Pfiel has a complex greenhouse canopy that is blessed with a large number of panes that are unusual shapes, so a masking set will be a boon if you're a bit wary of such things. The set covers every panel apart from the observation blisters, which are quite severe compound curves, and best covered with scrap tape or liquid mask. The time you spend masking up will be much reduced with this handy sheet of pre-cut kabuki style tape. Conclusion Another well-rounded "set of sets" to add more detail to your big Pfiel, from which you can pick and choose. You can of course purchase all the PE sets in the Big Ed set that you can find here, to which you'll just need to add the wheels and exhausts. Review sample courtesy of
Always had a fascination with the DO 335, one of the stranger aircraft to come out the war , but a personal favorite, am glad for the allies it didnt get any further than a few in service but it would have been hell of a interesting squardon if it made it to the war longer.Usual Tamyia top quality build quality ,please excuse the pictures taken from I phone for easy of up loading And a final one with my FW190D ,for size comparison .