Revell RV4655 1:72 Dornier Do 17Z-2 – REVIEW

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Kit: RV4655 Revell Dornier Do 17Z-2

Price:  £12.99 available from Spot-on models of Swindon

Decals: Two options

Reviewer: Richard Reynolds

Accessories: Eduard CX293 1:72 canopy mask for the Revell Dornier 17Z, Techmod 72136 1:72 Dornier Do-17Z Decals comprising 3 Three Finnish Air Force options and three Luftwaffe options.

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History

Designed in the early 1930s, The Dornier Do 17, sometimes referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift (“flying pencil”), was a World War II German light bomber produced by Claudius Dornier‘s company, Dornier Flugzeugwerke. It was designed as a Schnellbomber (“fast bomber”), a light bomber which, in theory, would be so fast that it could outrun defending fighter aircraft.

The Dornier was designed with two engines mounted on a “shoulder wing” structure and possessed a twin tail fin configuration. The type was popular among its crews due to its maneuverable handling at low altitude, which made the Dornier capable of surprise bombing attacks. Its sleek and thin airframe made it harder to hit than other German bombers, as it presented less of a target.

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No. 46 Squadron (Finland)

Introduction

Dornier Do 17 Z-1, 2 and 3

The Dornier Do 17 Z-1, 2, and 3 were German four-seat twin- engine bombers. The Finnish Air Force accepted them as “presents from Göring”, despite the fact that the Luftwaffe apparently recognized no change in their ownership. The aircraft had good handling characteristics, but by the final stages of the war they had become hopelessly slow – like almost all bomber types used by the Finns. Fifteen Dorniers were in use in 1942–48.

Wartime Dornier 17 Zs were assigned to Squadron 46.

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No. 46 Squadron (Finnish: Lentolaivue 46 or LLv.46, from 3 May 1942 Le.Lv.46), renamed No. 46 Bomber Squadron (Finnish: Pommituslentolaivue 46 or PLe.Lv.46 on 14 February 1944) was a bomber squadron of the Finnish Air Force during World War II. The squadron was part of Flying Regiment 4.

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Organization Winter War

  • 1st Flight (1. Lentue)
  • 2nd Flight (2. Lentue)
  • 3rd Flight (3. Lentue)

The Squadron was equipped with 9 Bristol Blenheim Mk.Is and 11 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IVs.

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Continuation War 1st Flight (1. Lentue)

  • 1st Flight of No. 48 Bomber Squadron (1./PLe.Lv.48)
  • 2nd Flight (2. Lentue)
  • 3rd Flight (3. Lentue)
  • Separate Photography Flight (Erillinen valokuvauslentue)

The equipment consisted of 15 Dornier Do 17Zs, 3 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IVs, 4 Ilyushin DB-3Ms, 3 Ilyushin Il-4s, 1 Douglas DC-2, and 1 Junkers aircraft.

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15 Do 17s were received. The following is a list of the 15 Dorniers operated.

Dornier Do 17 Z-2, WkNr 3323, BC+NE. Redesignated DN-51. Flew 454 hours 25 minutes mission time. Destroyed/written off on 9 October 1944. + Ten were lost between January 1943 and January 1945, the remaining five were not scrapped until in 1952.

  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 2608, DM+DV. Redesignated DN-52. Scrapped 19 September 1952.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 4242, DC+PZ. Redesignated DN-53. Flew 220 hours 5 minutes mission time. Destroyed 8      August 1943.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 2856, PF+CW. Redesignated DN-54. Flew 358 hours 35 minutes mission time. Destroyed 9 October 1944.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 3498, V5+MH. Redesignated DN-55. Logged 812 hours 5 minutes flying time. Scrapped 19      September 1952.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-2, WkNr 3425, V5+BK. Redesignated DN-56. 639 hours 40 minutes mission time. Destroyed 9 October 1944.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-1, WkNr 1155, C4+BZ. Redesignated DN-57. Logged 812 hours 5 minutes flying time. Scrapped 11      December 1952.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 2905, 5K+DV. Redesignated DN-58. Scrapped 19 September 1952.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-1, WkNr 3228, V5+GL. Redesignated DN-59. Flew 884 hours 50 minutes mission time. Destroyed 9      September 1944.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 2818, 5K+CR. Redesignated DN-60. Flew 479 hours 5 minutes mission time. Destroyed 11      January 1945.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-2, WkNr 4187, CQ+HG. Redesignated DN-61. Flew 348 hours 15 minutes mission time. Destroyed 9      October 1944.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 1218, V5+3L. Redesignated DN-62. Flew 704 hours 30 minutes mission time. Destroyed 9      January 1943.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 2873, PF+DN. Redesignated DN-63. Flew 505 hours 5 minutes mission time. Destroyed 9      September 1944.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-3, WkNr 2622, 5M+L. Redesignated DN-64. Scrapped 19 September 1952.
  • Dornier Do 17 Z-1, WkNr 1175, PG+GA. Redesignated DN-65. Flew 95 hours 30 minutes mission time. Destroyed 16      July 1943.

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The Kit:

This kit was first introduced during the 1960s under the Monogram label. I have to confess that at £12.99, I was expecting a tired, out of date kit long superseded by today’s standard of crisp mouldings, etched sets and resin accessories. Although Revell’s Dornier 17Z is basic, the mouldings are clean and accurate, the transparencies are good quality and although the kit has raised panel lines, these are barely noticeable.

Included in the kit are three spues in soft grey plastic and one for the transparencies. The 9 page instruction booklet is in black and white, with three-view illustrations of the two Luftwaffe options available. These are; an example of a Dornier Do 17Z-2 of II./KG 2 “Holzhammer” at Merville, France June 1940 and a Dornier Do 17Z-2 of Stab II./KG 3 “Blitz-Geschwader” at Antwerp-Deurne, Belgium; January 1941. The decal sheet looks well printed on glossy paper, my only frustration comes from the “letter-box” style end-opening box, however, I appreciate that to keep their products reasonably priced, this style of packaging is a necessity.

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Construction:

Each of the 24 steps are easy to follow in an “exploded view” format. The parts were washed to remove the mould release before the construction stage began. Stages 1-3 deal with the interior, which is modestly furnished; this was airbrushed with Humbrol 67 grey.

The fuselage halves went together fairly quickly, as did the wings and tail plane. In fact, this is the quickest build that I can remember in some time, albeit enjoyable. The undercarriage is a simple three-piece affair with the undercarriage bay doors moulded into the lower wing. A sharp knife is recommended to cut these free in order to position them correctly. Alternatively, this kit includes a display stand enabling the modeler to display the kit “in flight”.

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At this stage I allowed the airframe to dry overnight. The next session involved applying filler to the fuselage and wing joints before being rubbed-down with 600 grit wet and dry paper. Finally, grey auto-primer was applied all over from a rattle-can.

The engines and propellers are a straight-forward 2 piece assembly. Stages 16 – 22 are concerned with the cockpit, nose, and ventral gunner’s canopies. The MG 15 machine guns are easily fitted into their respective positions, at this point, the Eduard masks were applied to the canopies and primer applied.

Camouflage and Markings:

I decided to finish the aircraft as Dornier Do-17Z-2, DN-63, 1/LeLv 46, Finland, October 1942. I have used Techmod’s range of Finnish Air Force decals many times, when used with decal setting solution, they “settle” well into recessed panel lines (or raised in this instance!), and are of excellent quality.

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Final Construction:

Finally, the aerial wires and minor paint touch-ins were performed before the entire kit was coated with Johnsons Klear.

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Conclusion:

This may be an old kit; however, with care and attention it will grace any collection. Highly recommended.

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 4
  • Length: 15.8 m (51 ft. 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 18 m (59 ft. 1 in)
  • Height: 4.56 m (15 ft. 0 in)
  • Empty weight: 5,210 kg (11,486 lb.)
  • Empty equipped: 5,888 kg (12,981 lb.) to 5,963 kg (13,146 lb.)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,837 kg (19,482 lb.)
  • Fuel capacity: standard fuel 1,540 l (339 imp gal), with aux tank in forward bomb bay 2,435 l (536 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Bramo 323P 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines with 1,000 PS (986 hp, 736 kW) for take-off
  • Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propellers.

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Performance

  • Maximum speed: 350 km/h (217 mph; 189 kn) at 8,040 kg (17,725 lb.) at sea level

410 km/h (255 mph) at 8,040 kg (17,725 lb) at 5,000 m (16,404 ft.)

  • Cruising speed: 300 km/h (186 mph; 162 kn) at 8,837 kg (19,482 lb) at 4,000 m (13,123 ft.)
  • Combat range: 660 km (410 mi; 356 nmi) with 1,540 l (339 imp gal) fuel and 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of bombs

1,010 km (628 mi) with 2,435 l (536 imp gal) fuel and 500 kg (1,102 lb) of bombs

  • Service ceiling: 8,200 m (26,903 ft.)
  • Wing loading: 156 kg/m2 (32 lb/sq. ft.)
  • Power/mass: 0.170 kW/kg (0.11 hp/lb)

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Armament

  • Guns: 6 × 7.92 mm (0.312 in) MG 15 machine guns in front, rear upper, rear lower and cockpit side      positions
  • Bombs: 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of bombs carried internally, either      20 x 50 kg (110 lb) bombs or 4 x 250 kg (551 lb) bombs.

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References

  • Smith, J.R. The Do 17 and Do 215      (No. 164). London: Profile Publications, 1967.
  • Keskinen, Kalevi and Kari Stenman. Suomen Ilmavoimien historia 2: Dornier Do 17Z, Junkers Ju 88A-4. Hobby-Kustannus Oy, 1999. ISBN 952-5334-01-5.
  • Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 23, Sotamaalaus/Warpaint by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman, Stenman Publishing.
  • IPMS Stockholm Magazine, Finnish Air Force camouflage and markings 1940-44 2004/05 edition.
  • Aircraft of the Third Reich, Fighters and Bombers of World War II and Do 17 Z-2 Baubeschreibung, April 1938.

Richard Reynolds.

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