Do 335 B-2 - MG 151, MK-103 Tips, FuG 25a Antenna, Pitot Tube

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model
Price: $9.00
Product / Stock #: AM-48-147

Master Model is a Polish company. The owner is Piotr Czerkasow who is a mechanical engineer by trade. Piotr is also a scale modeler. Master model has a broad range of accessories for aircraft, military vehicles, and ships in several of the popular scales. In addition, they also offer a blackening agent until their Tools and Supplies tab.

Background

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow") was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. It was Nazi Germany's fastest piston-engined aircraft of World War II. The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into operational use, but delays in engine deliveries meant that only a handful were delivered before the war ended.

The Do-335B-2 was fitted with two, wing-mounted 30mm cannon, along with a 30mm cannon firing through the spinner, plus two 20mm nose-mounted cannon. This version was intended to intercept the hordes of B-17's and B-24's attacking Germany. Two prototypes were completed with several design modifications being required to accommodate the installation of the wing cannon. The first prototype was flown first in October 1944, while the second was completed in November of that year. Neither aircraft saw combat, with the first destroyed before the end of the war, and the second was captured by the French Army and was evaluated until 1948.

Contents Description

This accessory set includes the spinner-mounted 30mm cannon barrel, the two nose mounted 20mm cannon barrels, the two wing-mounted 30mm cannon barrel with resin muzzle brakes, the pitot tube and an under-wing FuG 25A radio antenna.

The Tamiya Do 335 series has been around for several years and is of the typical high-quality Tamiya is known for. The Do-335 kits are noted as "discontinued" on the Tamiya USA website.

The spinner-mounted cannon is shown in construction step 14 and noted as removed. This plastic barrel is molded as part of the front propeller and is easily modified for the installation of the brass gun barrel. The kit's nose-mounted cannons are replaced by the two brass parts.

The wing-mounted 30mm cannon barrels are fitted with separate resin muzzle brakes, with the barrels fitted into the opening in the kit's leading edge extension fairings.

The pitot tube replaces the kit part and adds much greater realism to this details.

The under-wing FuG 25A antenna is located under the right wing. The kit has no provision for this antenna.

Instructions

The instructions for this detail set are included on a single page with mounting directions clearly noted, along with dimensions as appropriate, and shows the vertical orientation of the muzzle brakes.

Conclusion

The brass and resin parts in this set contain some unbelievable detail and are well worth the expense to add to this model. I highly recommend the Master-Model set AM-48-147 for dressing up the already great Tamiya kit.

I wish to thank Master-Model and IPMS USA for the opportunity to build and review this set. Thank you Master-Model! Thank you IPMS USA.

Thank you to Wikipedia for background and historical information on the Dornier Do-335.

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