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Tamiya Dornier Do335 A-1 Pfeil (Arrow) Completed

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Tamiya Dornier Do335 A-1 Pfeil (Arrow) Completed
Posted by Aggieman on Friday, May 04, 2018 11:04 PM

The third entry in my Year of the Axis Build is Tamiya's Dornier Do335 A-1 Pfeil in 1/48.

I built the old Monogram Pfeil back in about 1974 when it was first released, so when I saw this Tamiya release around about 2000, I knew that I had to have it.  It has been in my stash for a long, long time.  When I decided this year would be a year of Axis-only builds, I did so with an eye toward building this kit.

I have to say, the Tamiya Pfeil does not really measure up to the lofty reputation they currently enjoy, or even to the standards of their kits of that time period (like, say, their P-47 kits, which are widely regarded as among the best ever kitted).  Fit is 99% excellent, but I had some difficulty with the wing attachments and aligning the horizontal stabilizers.  The wings fit onto a spar that will give them the proper dihedral, but the fit was excessively tight.  I felt like I was putting too much pressure on the wings to get them attached, but in the end I was able to get them into position.  The horizontal stabilizers attach onto a stub, and the fit was acceptable as far as getting the stabilizer onto the stub, but they did not mate up to the fuselage as they should have.

But the bigger issue was the number of sink marks located in very visible areas all throughout.  Grrrr, come on.  They littered the interior doors of the bomb bay and the wheel wells.  I cleaned them up as well as I could and moved on.

Tamiya does provide a nifty nose weight that slots into the forward fuselage behind the forward prop and stays in place with a couple of well-positioned tabs.  Nice touch.

For paints I used mostly Vallejo Model Air colors, although there are some areas with Model Master Enamel and Tamiya paints.  Weathering is a Flory dark dirt wash, some silver pencil, and Model Master Enamel flat black airbrushed for the exhaust stains, which I augmented with dark brown pencil.  I didn't figure this particular aircraft would be terribly worn given how late it came in the war, so I tried to mimic that.

Finally, I used a Montex mask set intended for the Ant-eater (two seat) version of the Pfeil.  This set included canopy masks but also masks for the insignia and other markings.  So the balkenkreuz markings, the swastikas, and the tail insignia are painted. Thank you to lawdog for recommending these masks (I had used them just for canopies, but had no idea they also had sets including masks for markings). Those masks are worth every penny!

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Here is a close-up of the instrument panel.  Tamiya provides a decal only for this detail, but I liked the paint job I did more than I liked the decal, so I opted to not use the decal and decided I could live with a lack of instrument facing.

Close-ups of some of the painted markings.

So that is it for this one.  Next up, a Japanese build, Tamiya's recently re-issued old Ki-84 Hayate that comes with a jeep and a landscaped base. And yeah, I already have a Montex mask for a Hayate kit on order.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 04, 2018 11:21 PM

Nice job.  I built that old monogram kit too.  Really interesting looking plane - and the trainer/two seat version even more so.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, May 05, 2018 5:15 AM
Great looking build

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, May 05, 2018 6:21 AM

mighty fine job 

  

 Nick.

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, May 05, 2018 11:04 AM

Nice work on the Arrow. The paint job looks very good.

I've always wanted to build one. Your model is an incentive.

-Greg

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, May 05, 2018 7:46 PM

Howdy!  That’s a mighty fine looking 335. Yes 

Chad

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, May 06, 2018 10:01 AM

Excellent work. This one is on the wish list. Well done!!

BK

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 06, 2018 2:49 PM

That came out very nicely! I really like the weathering and agree wholeheartedly with you reasoning behind your effort. 

Good luck on the Hayate. That is not quite so refined of a kit, and will require more effort.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 06, 2018 5:42 PM

That is a nice model. Overcomes somewhat my general disinterest in that type of thing.

It was a project that made a lot of sense and could have worked. Some odd features like blowing off the back of the aircraft prior to ejection.

Makes me think of the awesome Porsche 917 Le Mans car with the tandem engine horizontal sixes.

 

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, May 07, 2018 12:12 PM

Looks very good. You've made a fine build here.

I have the old Monogram kit in my stash. I wonder if it's worth building?

Mike

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:33 AM
Turned out great. I'm glad the Montex masks worked for you.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:51 AM

Nicely done, the splinter pattern came out well.

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 14, 2018 8:35 PM

1943Mike

Looks very good. You've made a fine build here.

I have the old Monogram kit in my stash. I wonder if it's worth building?

 

I built that Monogram kit once, way back in about 1974-75.  I don't have a lot of memories of it, given that the time period was a turbulent one in my family, but I've always been a big fan of the Monogram kits.  You really can't go wrong with them.  So I'd say by all means, build that one!

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 14, 2018 8:36 PM

stikpusher

That came out very nicely! I really like the weathering and agree wholeheartedly with you reasoning behind your effort. 

Good luck on the Hayate. That is not quite so refined of a kit, and will require more effort.

 

Yes, not so refined and it did require a bit more effort (regarding the Hayate). But still a decent kit.

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 14, 2018 8:36 PM

Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my Pfeil.  She looks pretty good in my display cabinet.

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