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Dornier Do.17Z Bomber Guns & Wheels (648608 & 648609 for ICM)

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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ICM have been busily flooding the market with variants of the Flying Pencil for a while now, and it’s a good thing as there is plenty of demand.  They’re also detailed, modern kits and fill a void in my favourite scale.  Eduard have even released their own special edition that uses ICM plastic, and have created these sets to upgrade the detail, regardless of whose box it is in.  If you have a Do.17Z of any other brand, these two sets would probably fit too, although that’s for you to decide.  Don’t blame me!

 

As is now usual with Eduard's smaller resin sets, they arrive in the shallow Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around, acting as padding.  The smallest Brassin sets arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between.

 

 

Do.17Z Wheels (648608)

This set is bagged, and includes the three wheels with a slight weighted sag, each on their own casting blocks, plus the tail wheel yoke and the fairing that is trapped between the fuselage halves during main construction of the model.  Also included is a sheet of yellow Kabuki tape (not pictured) that has masks for each of the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation neatly with very little effort.  A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation of the wheels on the gear leg, with an arrow showing the direction of travel.  Detail is excellent as you can see with radial tread and sidewall detail crisp and visible.

 

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Do.17Z Bomber Guns (648609)

This delicate set is boxed for protection, and contains three bags of parts.  One bag has six insanely fine MG15s, which are chambered for 7.92mm rounds.  The other casting blocks contain fourteen twin drum mags for the guns and as spares for the racks that surround the gunner’s seat, with a choice of egg-shaped bags for the spent brass, or a larger concertina bag for the same use.  The third bag has a small piece of white card that protects the Photo-Etch (PE) that contains the fronts of the drum mags, a strap for each one, plus a pair of ring and bead sights for each gun.  The very aft of the gun’s breech and the bubble-catcher on the barrel should be removed with a sharp knife, and the cocking handle is replicated by a piece of 0.5mm wire or rod that you supply from your own stock.  Painting instructions are included throughout using Gunze codes and colour names as usual.  Handily, the pencil carried a complement of 6 of this type of gun.

 

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