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A Dornier Do 335A-12 Constructed From A Tamiya 1/48 Kit! I will be using the NMF  WNr.240119+UI as a starting spot for theme development!

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow) was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The Pfeil's performance was much better than any similar design due to its unique "push-pull" layout and the Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into squadron use, but delays in engine deliveries meant only a handful were delivered before the war ended.

The origins of the Do 335 trace back to World War I when Claudius Dornier designed a number of flying boats featuring remotely driven propellers and later, due to problems with the drive shafts, tandem engines. Tandem engines were used on most of the multi-engined Dornier flying boats that followed, including the highly successful Dornier Wal and the gigantic Dornier Do X. The remote propeller drive, intended to eliminate parasitic drag from the engine entirely, was tried in the innovative, but unsuccessful Dornier Do 14, and elongated drive shafts as later used in the Do 335 saw use in the rear engines of the tandem-engined Dornier Do 26 flying boat.

In a tandem layout the engines are mounted back-to-back in pairs, the front engine 'pulling' and the rear one 'pushing'. There are many advantages to this design over the more traditional system of placing one engine on each wing, the most important being providing the power from two engines with the frontal area (and thus drag) of a single engine design, allowing for higher performance. It also keeps the weight near the centerline, so the plane can roll faster than a traditional twin. In addition an engine failure doesn't lead to asymmetric thrust, and in normal flight there is no net torque so the plane is easy to handle. The location of the vertical tail surface was lowered so that half of it projected down from fuselage in order to protect the rear propeller from an accidental ground strike on take-off.

In 1939 Dornier was busy working on the P.59 high speed bomber project, which featured the tandem engine layout. In 1940 he commissioned a test aircraft to validate his concept for turning the rear, "pusher" propeller with an engine located far away from it and using a long driveshaft. This aircraft, the Gppingen G 9 showed that there were no unforseen difficulties with this arrangement, but work on the P.59 was stopped in early 1940 when Hermann Gring ordered the cancellation of all projects which would not be complete within a year or so.

In May 1942 Dornier submitted an updated version with a 1,000 kg bombload as the P.231, in response to a requirement for a single seat high speed bomber/intruder (other entries included the Blohm & Voss BV 155). P.231 was selected as the winner after beating rival designs from Arado and Junkers, and a development contract was awarded as the Do 335. In the Autumn of 1942 Dornier was told that the Do 335 was no longer required, and instead a multi-role fighter based on the same general layout would be accepted. This delayed the prototype delivery as it was modified for the new role.

Fitted with Daimler-Benz DB 603A engines delivering 1,750 PS (1,287 kW) at take-off, the first prototype flew in October 1943. The pilots were surprised at the speed, acceleration, turning circle and general handling of the type; it was a twin that flew like a single. The only sore spots they found were the poor rearward visibility and weak landing gear. V2 and V3 incorporated several minor changes; the oil cooler under the nose incorporated into the annular engine cowling, blisters were added to the canopy with small rear view mirrors, and the main undercarriage doors were redesigned.

On May 23, 1944 Hitler ordered maximum priority to be given to Do 335 production. The main production line was intended to be at Manzel, but a bombing raid in March destroyed the tooling and forced Dornier to set up a new line at Oberpfaffenhofen. The decision was made to cancel the Heinkel He 219 and use its production facilities for the Do 335 as well. However, Ernst Heinkel managed to delay, and eventually ignore, its implementation.

The first ten Do 335A-0s were delivered for testing in May. By late 1944 the Do 335A-1 was on the production line. This was similar to the A-0 but with the up rated DB 603E-1 engines and two underwing hard points for additional bombs, drop tanks or guns. Capable of a maximum speed of 474 mph (763 km/h) at 6,500 m (21,300 ft) with MW 50 boost, or 426 mph (686 km/h) without boost, and able to climb to 26,250 ft (8,000 m) in under 15 minutes, the Do 335A-1 could easily outrun any Allied fighters it encountered. Even with one engine out it could reach about 350 mph (563 km/h).

Actual cockpit picture!

A Natural Metal Finish Version as Shown on Cutting Edge Decal Sheet CED481342


A New Adventure Into Model Aircraft Art!

The "Theme" here was to create a "Subtle" rendition of the # 119 in a Natural Metal Finish, utilizing attributes available to us from Alclad 2, based on my interpretation of the Cutting Edge data sheet above. You may notice  a few treats for the eyes where ever you look!

Look carefully and be "drawn into" it's almost hypnotic attractions. Enjoy each of the various pictures, and discover the little bits of "Eye Candy" -- each yielding it's own little treasures as your orbs scan them!

I hope you enjoy "looking" as much as I have enjoyed "Creating"!

Alclad "Aluminum" tinted with a little bit of Alclad Clear Blue airbrushed on fuselage.  Alclad "Airframe Aluminum, applied to panels surrounding the cockpits, and to leading edges of fins. All Surfaces have been polished with 12000 micromesh after Alclading. No Future or other Sealer used on the surface, just virgin Alclads! All Alclad applied to unprimed  surfaces!

Several other panels re painted with Magnesium (darkest two), Steel (over the front engine), Dark Aluminum (under the Airframe Aluminum below the rear cockpit), Dural (between the fin and rear engine top cover), and White Aluminum (rudder). Under Carriage panels sprayed with a special mix of Alclad colors blended into "Aztec Bronze"!

Wings first sprayed with Alclad Aluminum tinted slightly with Alclad copper and Alclad Clear Red. Then Panel Lines lightly augmented with Dirty Oil Wash as on fuselage above. Individual panels masked and sprayed with Alclad Airframe Aluminum, White Aluminum, Steel, Magnesium, and Dural.


Front Instrument Panel. Brush painted with MM French Lt Blue Gray, then instrument bezels exposed with fine mesh polish stick. Instrument film behind panel attached with Future.

Rear Instrument Panel. Finished as as above front IP.


Front and rear cockpit seats. Frame is Alclad Aircraft Frame Aluminum, on top of Aluminum.




Finished Front cockpit (Student pit) ! This was a very difficult pit to work on internally because of the way the side walls curve in toward the top, preventing decent tool and brush access to do detailing. Base coat of MM Lt Blue Gray. Dry brushed with MMLBG+White. Then Panels painted with MM Euro Gray. Then Dry brushed with MM Chrome Silver Enamel. Details picked out with Pigma pens! Note: MM French Lt. Blue Gray settles in bottle leaving lighter thick pasty color on the bottom and a darker color used here on the top. Thus my colors here are the result of this accident!


Rear Cockpit (Pilots Pit!) Base coat of MM French Lt Blue Gray. Dry brushed with MMLBG+White. Then Panels painted with MM Euro Gray. Then Dry brushed with MM Chrome Silver Enamel. Details picked out with Pigma pens! Note: MM French Lt. Blue Gray settles in bottle leaving lighter thick pasty color on the bottom and a darker color used here on the top. Thus my colors here are the result of this accident!


Completed Rear Cockpit (pilots) finished as above!

Front (left - CMK #4086) and Rear (right- Modelchoice QB 48 012) Engines!

Front engine sprayed with Alclad Aluminum, then over sprayed with Alclad Airframe Aluminum. Given a "dirty grunge" wash with water colors black and burnt umber. Accent colors - Gunze Metallic Red & Green. Exhaust Dry brushed with MM Bronze and Rust Enamels. The Rear engine has been sprayed with Alclad Aztec Bronze (my own special blend), then given the dirty wash as the front engine, and the accent colors also as the front engine.


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