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'Flying Pencil' - Revell (ex-Monogram) 1/72 Do17Z

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 15, 2022 9:01 PM

Very well done, Greg.


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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, January 15, 2022 8:40 PM

I agree with everything that has been said, you've done an excellent job with this "vintage" kit.  I remember building this kit as a kid back in the 60s-70s.  I've always liked the look of the Do-17.  I wish that some manufacturer (Trumpeter or Revell) would kit one in 1/32 scale.



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Posted by armornut on Saturday, January 15, 2022 7:52 PM

   Fantastic work Greg, I loved the history behind it. I have a kit to sell for 3.60....but the shipping will break the bank LOL.

    Great job sir.

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, January 15, 2022 3:03 PM

Real G

Your Do-17 proves that even elderly kits can be made up to a high standard in the right hands.


 A really great job Greg
Especially all that glass framing.

On the kitchen counter somewhere in North Carolina

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, December 4, 2021 6:47 PM

Very nice, clean build. Always loved the look of the Flying Pencil, as well as the developmental history of that mail plane.

I have an original issue of this kit in my stash. And a few years ago, I actually sought out one of those foldout catalogs that Monogram included in their kits in the late 60s through the early to mid 70s, and found it on eBay.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, December 4, 2021 4:26 PM

Thanks, guys! Yes

I remember those Monogram folders...with prices like 80¢ for the single-seat 1/72 kits, and a 'huge' kit like the 1/48 P-38 going for a budget-busting $3.60 or so. We sure won't see those days again! Tongue Tied

As to the 'glass,' I was just delighted that after 40+ years the molds had obviously been lovingly cared-for. The transparencies were as crystal-clear...and the frame lines as crisp (always a Monogram specialty), as the first time I built this kit back in 1971 or so. A real pleasure to work with.


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Posted by Real G on Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:30 PM

A nostalgia build that turned out very nicely!  It made me think of the halcyon days of lying on a grassy hill at school, with a small Monogram foldout catalog.  My friends and I coveted these, and we would pass them around and dream of the next kit our pocket change would buy us.

Your Do-17 proves that even elderly kits can be made up to a high standard in the right hands.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:14 PM

Very nice.  Appreciate the history as well... "mail plane".  Agree on the glass work - a major feature on this subject and your's is well done.



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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:31 PM

That's a beaut, Greg.  Those "greenhouse" canopies look great when they're well done, and you've nailed it - nice one!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?




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Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:07 PM

Great looking model. Really nice paint job.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 4, 2021 11:57 AM

She's a beauty. It sure is nice to see these old classics come back to life!


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'Flying Pencil' - Revell (ex-Monogram) 1/72 Do17Z
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:35 AM

A 1969 Monogram classic, as reissued by Revell in 2011: the 1/72 scale Dornier Do17Z, affectionately known to Luftwaffe pilots as the Fliegender Bleistift ('Flying Pencil').

Designed (under the restrictions on German aviation imposed by the Versailles Treaty) as a high-speed mail plane, its production was officially greenlighted by the new (Nazi) German Aviation Ministry in 1933 as a "freight aircraft with special equipment" other words, a bomber. First blooded in the Spanish Civil War...where its speed and nearly fighter-like handling endeared it to German pilots...the type formed the backbone of the Luftwaffe's bomber force through 1940, when it began to be supplanted by the more-capable Ju88.

Kit-supplied decals mark a machine of the staff flight of 2./KG 3 "Blitz" in January 1941, operating from the Dutch airfield at Deurne. Only a few months later most of the Kampfgeschwader would be transferred east to support Operation Barbarossa, and remain there until the unit was dissolved in 1944. The unit's 3rd Gruppe would be an exception: the last unit in the Luftwaffe to operate the Do17, it would then transition to the He111...its new a/c to be used as delivery platforms to launch V-1 flying bombs against the United Kingdom during Spring and Summer, 1944.



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