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!/48 Scale ICM Dormier Do-217N1 w/AIMS conversion

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HI everyone,

    A small update as I blunder forward with this kit.

 

Interestingly enough this kit doesn't have the nacelles in the standard two-halves set-up.  Instead you have two halves and two large tops and bottoms.

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There are also small intakes to bore out with fine drill bits. 

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The wheel well covers have generous attachment points and passable details.

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The AIMS conversion drag Chute.  Dornier tried both drag chute and air brakes attempting to comply to the demand that every bomber can also be a diver bomber.

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With the drag chute, the fuselage becomes quite long.  My knife is in front for size comparison.

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Finally all of the wings and engine dry-fitted.

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There was a bit of a shape difference between the rear fuselage and the rear of the upper wing piece.  I've decided to shim the wing up a little at the back to avoid thinning the fuselage too much at the spine seam.

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The underwing seam looks very fine.

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The lower wing tucks into the upper wing.   The MiG-25PD had the same type of setup...  no split at the trailing edge.

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Same deal for the wing tip.   No reason to accidentally sand off the large wingtip lights.

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Thanks for looking!

 

Gaz

 

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I've been stuck in the doldrums of aircraft modelling for some time.  Fixing and re-fixing surface detail takes a lot of time as you try not to affect nearby features. 

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A major work was incorporating the AIMS 'plywood' fairing where the power turret has been removed.  Fit was great, with minimal putty required.  I took extra care trying not to scratch up the clear plastic while sanding and smoothing the joints.

 

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I used Milliput in the seam between clear parts and the resin.  The white putty around the back is modelling paste that was allowed to dry, then smoothed with a wet Q-tip.  For further smoothing, I treated the seam with Future which was buffed with polishing compound later.

 

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The AIMS conversion supplies these four fairings for the Shräge Musik.

 

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The Blind Flying aerial underneath the aft fuselage was historically covered with a plastic fairing.  I'm going to rough the clear part up as I can't see these aerials in any Do 217 photos.  In the photo below, the plastic blister forward of the dorsal turret on a 217E appears to be semi-opaque plastic:

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Of all of the 217 photos I saw of a landed aircraft, it appears that the landing light wasn't automatic.  So all I did was used some aluminum foil underneath the clear plastic part.

 

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The wings come with two large protruding knobs where the wingtip lights will be.  So, I cut them off and made recesses which I drilled out then inserted a bit of copper wire to simulate a bulb.  I'm waiting on some 5-second fix to use for the clear parts.

 

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The instructions would have you attach the landing gear and wheel well doors before gluing the nacelles to the wing.  I'm not going to do that!

 

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I've decided I'm going to mount this kit to a wooden base.  I filled the main wheels with milliput before closing them around the screws.  I've weathered the tires and struts with pigments and acrylic washes.  I've still to find a good detail photo  of the brake lines.  Anybody got one?

 

Thanks for looking!

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Nice work so far ! I'm looking forward to building mine. I have the Lone Star resin set which was designed for the old Monogram kit that I'm hoping I can modify for the fairings and the like. A couple notes, the drag chute and air brake mods on the night fighter version were designed to slow the plane down quickly so as to not overtake or run into their quarry. I believe the blister on the top of the fuselage covered the radio direction finding antenna and did not need to be optically transparent and I have seen photos where this was painted. Looking forward to seeing this one finished !

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7 hours ago, Old Dog said:

Nice work so far ! I'm looking forward to building mine. I have the Lone Star resin set which was designed for the old Monogram kit that I'm hoping I can modify for the fairings and the like. A couple notes, the drag chute and air brake mods on the night fighter version were designed to slow the plane down quickly so as to not overtake or run into their quarry. I believe the blister on the top of the fuselage covered the radio direction finding antenna and did not need to be optically transparent and I have seen photos where this was painted. Looking forward to seeing this one finished !

 

Thank you!  I've seen the fairing painted, too.   But I like the idea of varying the look of the feature other than painting it. 

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1 hour ago, LSP_K2 said:

I like what I see so far, and the Sturmtiger looks great too.

 

Thank you!  I've stopped work on the ST as I'm making a directional change in my armor weathering process.

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Hi Gaz, Absolutely stellar build and super impressed with your work. Very, very clean work around the rear cockpit fairing. Keep up the fantastic work on this one.

 

Regards.Andy 

 

 

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Thank you, Andy!  The cockpit area has been a place I've needed to improve my skills for some time.  Naturally I've always feared scratching the clear parts, but now that I have learned of fine grit papers and polishing compounds I can be a lot more brazen than in the past.

 

Gaz

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