Dornier Do 217 J1/J2
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No. 1266 Do 217 J1/J2
|Contents and Media:
||123 mid-grey plastic parts on 2
sprues, 3 clear plastic parts on 1 sprue, decals for 6 aircraft plus a 5
page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 10 build
diagrams and 4 pages of paint/decal instructions.
(available online from Hannants) and hobby outlets worldwide
||The only 1/72 scale kit available of
this aircraft, reasonable detail inside and out, some very interesting
colour schemes and excellent decals.
||Raised panel detail; needs
strengthening along the upper spine; engine cowling somewhat out of
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale Do 217 J will be available online from Squadron.com
BMW radial engined Dornier Do 217 J was a modification of the Do 217 E
bomber due to a
lack of suitable radar equipped airframes for nightfighters. Although it
was not a success, it accounted for many allied bombers damaged or
destroyed. The Do 217N was similar but with in-line liquid-cooled
Before I started this review, I had a look at Italeri's web site to see
models of the Do 217 they
had produced and was some what startled to find only two. The 217E was
there and this one. The others, and I'm not sure now how many there
were, have all been deleted. I know for sure there were two “K”s, a long
wing and a short wing and an “N” because I have all three of them in my
collection. I think there was also an “M” which is a “K” with DB in-line
engines. However, I don't think they ever got around to producing a “J”
before. All they've done is remove the two fuselage halves from the “E”
fuselage sprue and added the “N” fuselage and Hey presto, a “J”. It
would have been easier if the BMW engines and cowlings had been on the
wing sprue but they're not and this is probably why there was no “J”
earlier. I would expect that the earlier marks will re-appear at a later
date although it could be several years off.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
what’s in the box?” I hear you ask. Well, nothing has changed very much
except the swapping of parts from kit to kit and the plastic is now
mid-grey instead of the black of the deleted kits. The same subtle
raised panel detail as before and the same sparse to adequate interior
detail. The BMW cowling are still some what suspect in fact there has
been no change in the plastic what so ever except the above parts swap.
However, If you want a Do 217 of any type in small scale, apart from the
old Airfix “E”, these are the go.
kit's real forte is in the new decals and colour schemes. The decals are
printed by Cartograph and are spot-on for register, colour density and
minimum carrier film. There is a complete set of stencils and markings
for six aircraft and some of the most interesting schemes I have ever
seen for a nightfighter.
A Do 217 J-2 coded D5
+ MM of NJG 4, transferred to the Regia Aeronautica but still
wearing Luftwaffe markings in February 1943, in RLM 74/75 uppers and
76 below with a low demarcation.
A similar aircraft to
above, coded 3C + IL also of NJG 4 and also transferred to the
Italians but this time in RLM 73/02 uppers with 76 below and again a
A third J-2 with
factory radio codes KD + MZ, no unit noted, winter 1942/43, in the
same colours as the first.
An all black J-2 noted
as an Experimental Radar Aircraft, Germany 1943, coded GE + EA with
a white 51 inside the fuselage cross and below the canopy on either
side of the nose.
Yet another J-2 of II/NJG
101 in Hungary 1944, coded KI + LV with RLM 75 uppers and 76 below
and a high demarcation and 75 extending down under the fuselage
This time a J-1 in the
Regia Aeronautica, 41 Stormo, 60 Gruppo, Lonate Pozzolo, July 1943,
coded 235-4 with German crosses under the wings only and no Italian
markings at all. Its colour scheme is over-all Matt Black with
Black-Grey (RLM 66?) on the exhaust shrouds and spinners plus RLM 74
engine covers on the cowlings.
Italeri does not supply Swastikas in this kit and there is no indication
if any of the aircraft should have them.
Dornier kits and other multi-engined models from Italeri are not “state
of the art” by any means but, although old technology, in many ways can
still be built into attractive models.
Dorniers have some shape problems around the nacelles but when built
they still look like the aircraft they are designed to represent and
because they are the only game in town I expect they will sell quite
well for some time yet.
just wish Italeri would take the time to modernize these moulds, put a
bit more detail in the interior, engrave the panel detail and fix some
of the shape problems before Hasagawa or some-one else does it for them,
a la the Mitchell and He 111.
the meantime, it is better to have these than none at all.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 15 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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