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"The Star of Africa" - Hans-Joachim Marseille's Do-335 A-2/Trop - Yellow 14 - FINISHED!

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Looks great Brian,

.........with one small exception. If you still can, now that the windshield is glued in place, you need to turn the gun sight assembly around. You have it mounted backwards my friend! :blush:

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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Funny, out of all the pics I saw with it, I never saw it actually mounted!

Stupidly I just figured it looked like the glass should go forward

 

 

Fortunately the site is fairly accessible after masking, I'm thinking there is a fair chance of being able to correct it, but it's not going to easy with that wiring hooked up.

:(

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I really let myself go on the gizmilogy aspect of this build with the what-if nature of it all.

 

I went on-call for work yesterday, so have not had a lot of time to proceed on paint for the big Dornier.

Some have noted that a black base may not be the thing for a bleached out desert bird in heated (literally & figuratively) combat, but I think it may help break up all that RLM 78.

 

I DO plan on fading the top of the craft for sure.

The issue atm is that there are a LOT of parts to paint, and I want some substantial time to knock out the base layer. I think it will also help point out any flubs I made in re-scribing too.

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Thanks Rick.  On to some more progress!

 

Ok boys, slight change of plans. I initially started out intending on doing a black base of primer to bring things together. I thought I had enough Mr Surfacer 1500 black, but alas no. I did however have enough Mr Surfacer 1500 grey

So in this case, Ive gone from black basing and a blend coat to something even better (I think). I sprayed the whole thing with Mr Surfacer 1500 gray, and then intend on doing some pre-shading of the panel and rivel lines.

 

The reason Im doing this is not just because I didn't have enough black MS.  I know a lot of you guys do not like pre-shading but in some cases I think it does actually add some visual interest and even in some cases some realism.

In the case of the Do-335 Im doing it for multiple reasons:

1 - It will break up the monatone nature of all that RLM 78

2 - It will add some overall visual interest to simulate a shadow effect (even though this is not how panel lines wear, it does create the illusion of shadow)

3 - It will go some distance to simulating the putty the Germans used in WWII for the panel/rivet lines, and convey that aspect of the Lufwaffes build process (that remained the same in my version of 1944)

 

 

 

I started off by finish sanding everything with 6000 grit polishing cloth, and got everything coated nicely in 1500 MS. This is all RIGHT out of the paint booth with no finish sanding or prepping what-so-ever. There are a few areas that will require some attention and a re-spray of primer before pre-shade can begin:

 

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I also got the main airframe completed with a smooth layer of MS 1500:

 

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Areas like this panel on the side of the fuselage are areas that will need to be filled, sanded and touched up before any paint can begin:

 

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The underside turned out well too, and I used the extra set of MLG doors to use as masking for the main wheel wells, but had to use masking tape for the nose well. Fortunately, the only really large gaps on the underside are between the fuse and small main gear door, which will not be seen at all since the doors will be eventually posed open.

 

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All in all, its coming together. I DID however find a couple of things I needed to do last night before paint gets started in earnest.  

 

One, was to add the Trop umbrella holders to the port side of the fuse. Done! (Pics on that later). I also forgot that I am going to have to make some adjustments for the pylons where the X2 Ruhrstahl X-4 wire guided missiles will hang.

 

Thanks to Mikkel (our own "Mebo" here on LSP) I received the X-4 missiles last week. They are little works of art, and come with a @#$-load of parts! 

 

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They will build up into stellar looking little missiles in the end:

 

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What I need to do now, is separate the two pylons (Mikkel sent me extras for an eventual forward swept wing, V-tail Me-162D project!) Im going to use and modify them to fit the big Dornier's wing. I was going to use four X-4 missiles, but with the deign and placement of the Do-35s MLG, it was too awkward and looked too crowed with 4 on. 

 

I actually got all the pre-shading done last night, and shot the white fuselage band, as well as the white under-wing tip sections before remembering I had to mod the X-4  pylons and get them placed before painting starts. 

Back on the bench tonight, and will take some pics of where Im at progress wise.

 

Cheers! 

 

 

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I really like the rockets and I think they will look pretty cool on the Dornier!

Can't wait to see some colour.

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1 hour ago, mark31 said:

nice work now the camo and have fun with all those small parts

 

Mark

 

1 hour ago, Fanes said:

I really like the rockets and I think they will look pretty cool on the Dornier!

Can't wait to see some colour.

 

1 hour ago, Azgaron said:

Nice work with the primer and nice looking missiles! :)

 

Håkan

 

 

 

Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to post gents. I'm actually thinking about ways to make sure the pylons stay where I mount them, as I am going to have to remove the mounting nubs designed for the Me-162 kit. 

 

I think I'm going to approach this by cutting off the OOB mounting nubs, sanding the profile of the pylons to match the profile of the Dornier's wing, then drill and pin the pylons with brass rod.

More to come, including some pics of the now finished pre-shading and white fuse band and wing tips.

 

Cheers,

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1 hour ago, Out2gtcha said:

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to post gents. I'm actually thinking about ways to make sure the pylons stay where I mount them, as I am going to have to remove the mounting nubs designed for the Me-162 kit. 

 

I think I'm going to approach this by cutting off the OOB mounting nubs, sanding the profile of the pylons to match the profile of the Dornier's wing, then drill and pin the pylons with brass rod.

More to come, including some pics of the now finished pre-shading and white fuse band and wing tips.

 

Cheers,

 

Sounds like a good plan Brian. Please remember the pylons mount the X-4s super close to the wing (because of the low clearance on the He162).

 

You might wanna add a strip on the wing under the pylon for extra clearance :-)

 

Cheers

 

Mikkel

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