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1/48 Tamiya Dornier Do 335 B-2 (Finished)

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1/48 Tamiya Dornier Do 335 B-2 (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:53 PM

I'm not much into the Luftwaffe what could have beens, often dubbed "Luftwaffe '46" subjects, however, the Pfeil (Arrow) is one of those exceptions. What intigues me about the 335 is that nothing in the allies arsenal could touch it. The push-pull design propelled this turkey to close to 500 mph.  Apparently it could do 350 on one engine.  As with so many German designs, it was another case of too little too late.  I could not determine if any saw combat, however, I have read that one Tempest pilot tried to chase one down and failed.

The example I'm building is the B-2,which was the heavily armed bomber destroyer version.  Along with its normal armament, it carried two extra MK. 103 30 mm cannons in the wings.  It's my understanding only one was built in this configuration which is one of the kit options.  I plan to build this machine.  For this project I procured Quickboost exhausts and True Details wheels.

Of course I started with the cockpit.  Its fantastic out of the box with no need for aftermarket.   Actually, I have an Aries pit on hand and truthfully I saw no need to use it. It's kind of like replacing the Tamiya P-47 cockpit with resin........an absolute waste of time.  Tamiya suggests RLM 02, but as far as I know, all late war pits were RLM 66.  I went with Gunze RLM 66.   I used a set of color PE belts and called it a day.  To see how I do my cockpits, go here:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/161025.aspx

or here....

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/160714.aspx

I tried to use the kit's instrument dial decal but it disintegrated (a hint that I'm gonna need AM decals?.....you betcha!)......so I improvised.  I sliced the indivdual dials out of an old decal sheet I had and added the individual dials doused with Micro Sol.  They sank right into the bezels.  Not too shabby.

The cockpit is on one side and the bombay is in the other side of the same piece.  Its logical to knock them both out at the same time. Apparently the B-2 had a gas tank instead of a bomb.  

Heres a test fit of everything in place.  What a dream so far (as the Blackburn memories drift away..........).  Not too bad for one night of work.

I hope the rest is this easy...

Joe           

 "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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Posted by Bish on Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:09 AM

Another nice looking pit Joe, be looking forward to seeing what you do with this.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by cvsusn on Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:32 AM

None saw combat.

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 4, 2016 4:58 AM

Man you're right about the cockpit. I do have  the "double throw down" Aires set with mine along with the landing gear internals and all that stuff for one of these jobs (which I do have in the stash). These pits of yours always turn out great and this one is really coming to life with all that detail.  Looks good so far Joe!

                   

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 4, 2016 5:31 AM

I've always wanted to make a Tamiya version of the Arrow.  Instead, out of nostalgia, I purchased the Revell brand Arrow.  I'll be watching closely as this maybe my next build!  Great job on the cockpit, it looks superb.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:09 AM

I always liked the 335 and I think it is one of the coolest experimentals ever. Your work is exceptional as usual. Good to know you don't need extra pit bits for this one so I won't waste the money on a pit when I add one to the stash.

Bk

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

On Deck:

Tamiya 1/48 F4U Birdcage, 

1/25 Revell 32 Ford Coupe

1/12 Bandai "Mandolorian"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, February 4, 2016 2:02 PM

What always amazes me about this aircraft is the size compared to other fighters.  It was a monster.  I've built the revell one and have been toying with the idea of getting this kit.

 

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, February 4, 2016 3:39 PM

Glad to see you busy with something you'll enjoy. =]  That's one of the nicest Tamiya cockpits I've ever seen.  That some sort of fluke?! lol.

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, February 6, 2016 12:06 PM
Another great start on a really cool subject. If these things had been available en masse we would have been in trouble

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, February 8, 2016 8:26 PM

I'm glad to see this WIP.  I'm rolling on to the 335 A-12 after I wrap up my Ta-152.  Looking for ward to seeing your progress.  The cockpit looks fantastic!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by allan on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:15 AM
Now that is really fine work!

No bucks, no Buck Rogers

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:13 PM

Thanks guys.  I got some bench time in last night. It consisted of me and my trusty bottle of Tenax.  So far this thing has nearly built itself.  The fuselage lined up beautifully and the top insert fit nice.  I spot glued it, as well as the top cowl, in place to avoid panel line loss due to the "hot" Tenax.  The wings went together without issue and are designed to snap in place, which alleviated any wing root issues. Very nice touch.  I'm really enjoying this build so far.  I should be painting soon..

    

 "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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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:08 AM

Looks like she is coming together nicely.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:28 AM

Dam Joe!! Blowin' right through this one!! You make it look WAY too easy sometimes there good buddy!

                   

 

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Posted by blkhwkmatt on Friday, February 12, 2016 12:24 AM

Looking great.  I have the A version of that kit with all the CMK goodies to convert to a B-1, open up both engine bays and the upper fuel cell behind the cockpit.  Hope that mine looks as nice as yours it turning out!
<Matt

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

 

 

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Posted by BrandonD on Friday, February 12, 2016 12:49 AM

SUch a nice cockpit, as always. I, too, think this is one cool bird, since it's so unlike anything else. GLad to hear it's coming along well. Just how big is it? Are we talking bigger than a P-47?

-BD-

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 19, 2016 3:15 AM

Thanks Guys, Brandon, its fairly big, considerably longer that the P-47.  It was comperable in weight though with a max take off weight of just over 21,000 lbs (the P-47 was around 18,000 I believe).  I'm sure the lion's share was from the two engines.  

Sorry its been so long since an update but life gets in the way of modeling sometimes.  Anyways, where was I?  Oh yeah, I shaded the lines for the paint scheme.  Norrmally I only prime the seams, as I go by the motto of the less layers of paint the better, especially on those kits with shallower panel lines. I'm building one of 2 B-2 Zerstorer planes built, that being V14, which is one of the kit options. I went with RLM 81/82 over 65 (My research showed that very late war stuff could be either 65 or 76, I dared to be different).  Here I fired my version of 65, half XF-23 Light Blue and XF-2 Flat White.

After some postshading for weathering (I'm not going to go crazy here as these didn't see combat), I layed down Gunze RLM 82.  Perhaps I'm not used to late war stuff, but I thought it would have more brown in it and perhaps look a little less like my grandfather's 1973 Ford Maverick.  Oh well, Gunze knows better than me.  I added a smidge of XF-2 and lightly streaked it.     

Now the fun part.  I used Tamiya tape for the splintering then filled it in with the cheap stuff.  I also preshaded those exposed panel lines again. 

I then put down the RLM 81.  I added some XF-57 Buff and streaked the color as well.  After some postshading heres we are.  

Gloss coat and decals soon. 

 

 "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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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, February 19, 2016 9:45 AM

Looking super good. The paint work is just fantastic.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

On Deck:

Tamiya 1/48 F4U Birdcage, 

1/25 Revell 32 Ford Coupe

1/12 Bandai "Mandolorian"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

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  • From: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Posted by Hunter on Friday, February 19, 2016 9:56 AM

Joe - 

I can't believe how wonderful your pit looked and the build and paint job are OUTSTANDING. It gives me something to strive and look forward to. You have definitely set the bar Sir. Beautiful job! Bow Down

Hunter 

      

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, February 19, 2016 10:01 AM

Lawdog,

Wow! Another fantastic WIP! It's shaping up extremely nice! Looking forward to seeing the decals on...

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, February 19, 2016 10:15 AM

Another beauty. In an ugly airplane kind of way. It'll never win a beauty contest but I would build one on a heartbeat

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, February 19, 2016 1:21 PM

Greta job on the scheme there. Nice to see Gunze are another compan that have not switched to the green RLM 81. I do like that brown version.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, February 19, 2016 2:25 PM
Great looking paint job Joe

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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Posted by blkhwkmatt on Monday, February 22, 2016 2:53 PM

Lawdog,

 

Looking superb.  I do like the subtle effects that the streaking gives your finish.  Will have to try that sometime soon.

 

Thanks for sharing.

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:27 PM

Thanks all, I finished her up the other night and I'm pretty happy with it.  To recap, its the B-2 heavily armed version with a pair of MK. 103 cannons in the wings.  They made two, that being V-13 and V-14.  I built V-14 whose markings were one of the kit options.  I added PE seatbelts and Quickboost exhausts.  I ended up tossing the True Details wheels and I used the kit wheels, which just looked better to me.  I gambled and used the kit decals.  Surprisingly they behaved beautifully.  Maybe Tamiya has been given a bad rap and their newer stuff is better.  I didn't chance the large lower crosses however and decided to replace them with an old Me 110 sheet I had.

Thanks for following.....comments are welcome.

Joe

           

 "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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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:08 PM

She's a beauty.  Glad to hear the decals are of a decent quality.  I was about to order a set of aftermarket decals for my 335 but I think I'll save my money for another endeavor.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by ModelNerd on Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:23 PM

Nice work! Paintwork looks subtle and to scale. Well done!

 

Kind regards-

- Mark

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Posted by knox on Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:33 PM

      That is just beautiful.  I'm glad you put a figure next to the plane to show just how big it is.  Thank you for sharing.  It was a fun wip.  Has anyone every mentioned that you are a very talented modelerBig Smile

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:37 PM
Thanks guys. Knox, I have a handful of pilots for that purpose, German, American, Japanese. It adds a sense of scale. Thanks for the compliment, but I'm an average modeler with a few tricks.......that's all.

 "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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Posted by Jester75 on Saturday, February 27, 2016 11:12 PM

Looks really nice Joe! 

Eric

 

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