Revell 1/72 Do-228-201
Dornier Do 228 is a
twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, manufactured by Dornier GmbH (later DASA
Dornier, Fairchild-Dornier) from 1981 until 1998. In 1983, Hindustan Aeronautics
(HAL) bought a production licence and manufactured 125 aircraft for the Asian
market sphere. Approximately 270 Do 228 were built at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
and Kanpur, India. In August 2006, 127 Dornier Do 228 aircraft (all variants)
remain in airline service.
In 2009, RUAG started building a
Dornier 228 New Generation
in Germany with the fuselage, wings and tail unit manufactured by Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Kanpur (India) and transported to Oberpfaffenhofen
near Munich, where RUAG Aviation carries out aircraft final assembly, customized
equipment installation, product conformity inspection and aircraft delivery. It
is basically the same aircraft with improved technologies and performances, such
as a new five blade propeller, glass cockpit and longer range. The first
delivery was made in September 2010.
I got this
kit via an on-line auction as I was looking for one to complement a recent
decal sheet from Caracal. However, a situation that seems to happen more
frequently than usual when buying from auctions is that this one is missing
the windscreen. I'll have to see if Revell can help.
Despite a 1988 production date, the kit is basically raised panel lines. My
kit shows a little flash, but nothing major. There is a fairly nice cockpit
consisting of a floor, two seats rear bulkhead and instrument panel. No
control wheels are provided. The nose gear well needs to be installed prior
to closing the fuselage halves and finding room for the 10 grams of weight
in the nose will be a bit tricky, especially as the usual wheels weight lead
source has dried up, thanks to the industry going over to non-malleable iron
weights. There is no cabin detail and the kit can be built gear up, though
no stand is provided. The window run installs on the inside.
The fuselage center section/wheel well piece is a separate insert with a
flat plate on which to attach the landing gear. Wing is a single upper
section with left and right lower pieces. The prominent flap actuator
housings have the holes for their attachment already drilled. Engine
nacelles are each left and right halves that trap a prop shaft. If one does
not care about spinning props, these can be installed after painting.
Horizontal stab is an upper and lower piece that slots into the rear of the
fuselage. The cockpit transparency is attached from the outside. There are
quite a few small
and one will need to stretch a bit of sprue for some.
The 15 construction steps are well drawn and unambiguous. The single
markings option is for the box art plane with the German Navy in three greys.
All the color information is in Revell paint numbers with generic names also
provided. Decals are definitely RoG old school. They are quite matte and do
include instrument panel decals as well as the small de-icing boots on the
props and prop tip markings. The other de-icing boots will need to be
To my limited knowledge, this is the only kit of this plane in this
scale. It must be relatively popular as there have been five other
boxings besides this one. I took a short hop from Philadelphia to Newark
one year in one of these and was impressed with its flying qualities. It
is not a big plane as the cabin seating was just one seat on each side,
and it flew pretty low the entire trip. I wish I could remember the
airline that operated it as I'd get markings for it.
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