Dornier Do 335A-12
by Brian Criner
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Dornier Do 335A-12 is
available online from Squadron.com
This is the recent release 1/48 scale Dornier Do 335A-12 from Tamiya.
This is the trainer version of the Pfeil.
After completing the single seat version out of the box, I promptly
started the two-seater.
I've heard the Do 335A-12 called an ugly plane before and I suppose
that description is accurate. I guess it is the unique configuration
of the plane along with it's purposeful design that attracts me to the
Since the last one was straight from the box, I decided this project
would sport a few "extras". I used the decal set from Cutting Edge,
the wheel well set and wheels from Warriors resin, the photo-etch set
from Eduard and various bits and pieces from the Aires and Warriors
resin sets for the cockpit. I used my imagination to fill in the blank
spots in the bare rear cockpit.
The plane went together fairly well, with the usual grinding and
sanding required to get the resin bits to fit.
If you use the Warriors wheel wells, be prepared to do some serious
filing to the backside in order to get it thin enough to fit inside
the chord of the wing.
When I started this kit I had hoped it would be done in time for the
TamiyaCon competition at Tamiya America headquarters in Aliso Viejo
this April. As it worked out, Saturday night before the competition I
still had quite a bit to do. I had only returned from a business trip
that night at around 6:30 pm.
After a quick "Hi Honey, missed you", I was out in the shop. I had
promised my nine year old son we would finish his Brachiosaur model in
time for the contest, so until 9:15 pm, we were painting and
weathering dinosaurs. Finally, about 9:30 pm, I was able to start
finishing my Dornier!
About 4:30 am, delirious and only semi-conscious, I staggered to bed.
I was so exhausted the next morning, I almost overslept. I was just
able to get to the contest in time to register, and fortunately, was
able to finish second with the Dornier!
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