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Dornier Do 335A-12
"Anteater"

by Robert Ferrero

 

Dornier Do 335A-12 "Anteater"

 


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Do 335A-12 two-seater is available online from  Squadron.com

 

Description

 

When I told a friend that I wanted to go forward with this project, I believe the exact word he uttered was "Blasphemy". I assume he thought it somewhat irreverent to desecrate the original German markings on this subject by applying U.S. stars and bars. So, with his protest echoing in my ear, I proceeded to build the Tamiya Do335A-12 OTB.

 

 

 
Enough has been said about the basic construction of this kit.  The only modification I made to original paint scheme was to paint the forward section of the fuselage and undersides of the wings natural metal using SnJ and Alclad.
 
I acquired the Cutting Edge decal sheet Do 335s #2. I quote from the "Notes on Specific Aircraft":
 

"Once captured by the Allies, this aircraft was turned over to the U.S. Navy for testing. All national markings were painted out with what we've interpreted as Olive Drab and Neutral Gray (common colors available at that time.) Another possibility was the use of luftwaffe colors, but we doubt this was the case. The U.S. national insignia was NOT standard and was hastily painted."

 

 

Luftwaffe kit decals were applied, then these markings were painted out with Olive Drab. The U.S. stars and bars were then placed on the rear fuselage and upper and lower wings. Panels lines were accented using artist oils. Exhaust stains were shot with a mix of PollyScale Oily Black and Gunze Soot

 


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Mode, Imagesl and Text Copyright 2001 by Robert Ferrero
Page Created 18 September, 2001
Last Updated 18 September, 2001

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