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Dornier Do 335B-2

by Dirk Heyer

 

Dornier Do 335B-2

 

Images by Peter Ankenbrand


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Dornier Do 335A-0/1 is available online from Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

Here is my 1/48 scale Dornier Do 335B-2 in a/48 scale.

The model is largely based on Tamiya's Dornier Do 335A. I have converted the A-Version with  the old conversion kit from Paragon(PA 48063 originally designed for the Monogram Do335), to get a B-2 Destroyer.

My choice was the second prototype M14 with the code RP+UQ and tailplane number 14. This aircraft was captured at Mengen, in Spring of 1945.

 

 

The following remodelling was necessary:

  1. completely new undercarriage for the front wheel (scratch built) with the larger wheel (850 x 300 mm) from Paragon
  2. two additional 30 mm  Mk 103 contained in special fairings  (Paragon) for the wings and  two ejection chutes on  each wing (scratch built)
  3. a new canopy (vac-formed canopy from Paragon)

The entrance ladder is scratch built with that magic stuff from Evergreen. I therefore also had to cut out the ladder-storage under the left wingroot, and rebuild the storage and hatch.

 

 

The small formation lights on the wingtips are made out of stretched clear sprue.

The Paragon cannon fairings did not fit Tamiyas leading edges, so there was a lot of sanding and puttying required . All maintenance panels for the cannons are scribed and accentuated with aluminium foil.

I also added the FUG 25a IFF antenna under the right wing, behind the main wheel .

 

 

JPS Acrylics were used to paint this model. The upper surface is finished with RLM 81 and RLM 83, and the lower surface is RLM 76. Props and spinner in RLM 71 and the cockpit in RLM 66. After drying I applied a wash of darkened burnt umber oil colours. The exhaust pipes and exhaust stain is painted with pastel chalk.

 

 

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Model and Text Copyright 2001 by Dirk Heyer
Images Copyright 2001 by Peter Ankenbrand
Page Created 11 August, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007

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