Tamiya 1/48 Do-335B-6 Conversion

KIT #

61074

PRICE:

$38.00

DECALS:

See Review

REVIEW &
PHOTOS :

Allan Wanta

NOTES:

Paragon resin conversion set

HISTORY

The development of late war German aircraft included a number of strange designs and ideas. The Dornier Do-335 was mutated into a number of aircraft designed to fulfill numerous perimeters needed to win the war. Although the ultimate defeat of the Third Reich was inevitable, construction and development of the B-6 nightfighter continued, but only a test aircraft, model V-16, was constructed before wars end.

THE KIT

Actually this is a conversion of the wonderful Tamiya Do-335 using the old Paragon Do-335B-6 Nightfighter conversion. The conversion has been around for quite some time and was made to work and enhance the Pro-modeler/Monogram Do-335. Time has marched on and so has the need to use the old Monogram kit. I managed to buy two of the old kits in hopes to someday make this and the other conversions offered by Paragon, but now the Tamiya kit will sacrifice it's life for this conversion.

We've no doubt seen articles bestowing praise on the new Tamiya kit, so let's go on to the Paragon parts and how we can use them with the new kit.

CONSTRUCTION

The Paragon parts include two drop tanks molded on pylons, two resin radar antenna, vacuformed canopy, Radar operators cockpit tub, two leading edge resin inserts to correct the Monogram kit, weighted main and nose wheel and a new nose gear strut. On some Do-335 versions, the single fork nose wheel as supplied by Paragon is needed, but because the detail is so much better on the Tamiya leg, I decided to forgo using the front wheel and nose gear from Paragon. The main gear wheels are great, as are the drop tanks and radar aerials. The radar operators interior is also well done, with a bit of sanding, it fits very well into the Japanese kit. It was fairly simple to cut the opening for the second cockpit by using the canopy as a guide. I would later install a piece of plastic to simulate the coming above the radar panel.

For the most part, the main kit was assembled stock; Reheat seat belts and an Eduard instrument panel are the only deviations. Also I needed the exhaust flame dampners, none were in the scrap box, so I took thin aluminum tubing, cut to length, and wrapped thin strips of BareFoil near the ends. Paragon also supplies 4 flame dampner intake screens, which neatly fit into the tube openings. Since this conversion was designed for the Monogram kit, the two aerials from that kit are needed on the left wing to complete the conversion. Lucky for me I happened to have a couple of the old kits stockpiled away for such a day.

A great source of information is contained in the soft cover AJ Press release on the Do-335 and all it's variants, constructed or planned.

As I progress on construction, what hits me is how well the Tamiya kit goes together, this gives me a bit more time to spend on some tiny details that I might other wise leave off. Landing gear indicator rods on the upper wing surfaces are represented by Tamiya as two small bumps, I added the rods on top of these painted red and white.

PAINT & DECALS

Paint was with Xtra-color in the usual nightfighter scheme, and crosses are painted on with the marvelous invention of Eduard paint masks! I sure hope they catch on, they eliminate the need to gloss coat and possibly ruin or mess up the paint finish. And after all, the originals are paint!

CONCLUSIONS

Possibly the most tedious part of the finish work is masking the canopies; no masks for the Paragon canopies are made yet. And yet another Dornier Do-335B-6 hits the road, or air. I have no reservations in recommending the Tamiya kit to all levels of modelers; a conversion is perhaps beyond the entry-level hobbyist. A good time was had putting this kit on my shelf. 

Allan Wanta

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