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Dornier Do-22K/L

 


 

Xotic-72 (Aviation Usk Nebraska)

 

S u m m a r y
Description and Item Number: #2026 - Dornier Do-22K/L
Scale: 1/72
Price: USD$24.95 from Aviation Usk
Review Type: FirstLook
Contents and Media: 58 pieces in long-run injection molded plastic; 2 parts in vacuum formed plastic;
18 pieces in resin
Advantages: Unusual subject (believed to be the first injection kit of this subject); the instructions are very well done for what looks like it might be a complex build (the strut arrangement is very complex); optional floats or wheeled landing gear; excellent decals
Disadvantages: Though explained in the instructions, the locating holes for the struts will have to be filled in and new ones drilled (though I am glad that they caught this, and not me)
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Stephen Munroe


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Background

 

Not another Luftwaffe plane! You may say this but you would not be entirely accurate. The Do-22 was
developed by Dornier in the mid-1930s as an export only aircraft. Production aircraft never flew with German markings, though the prototype did. This Dornier was a three place torpedo bomber/reconnaissance seaplane, with a single parasol wing. The prototype and most of the production aircraft were in the seaplane configuration, though there was a land plane configuration developed as well.

The prototype of the Do-22 first flew in 1935, with production machines following in July of 1938. The land plane variant first flew in 1939. There was a total of 31 airframes built.

The first deliveries of the Do-22K, twelve aircraft, went to Yugoslavia in 1938. Greece and Latvia were the other original customers, but Latvia was never destined to see theirs before being absorbed by the Soviet Union. Four aircraft originally intended for Latvia were sent to Finland by the German government. The Yugoslav machines saw service against Germany in the Mediterranean. The Greek machines were lost in the battle against Germany.

 

 

FirstLook

 

The plastic parts in this kit are well molded - about the equivalent MPM's less recent kits. Surface detail is good on the fuselage, with decent and not too heavy fabric representation on the rear fuselage. The overall shape of the fuselage looks good compared to the photos that I have of the Do-22.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:


Wing surface detail is minimal (I suspect that there are not many detail photos of this area), with a few panel lines representing the upper surface detail. The only problem that I see here is that the lines are all the same width and depth, but I like to see a little more definition for the control surfaces so that they look like they are movable. I do not have any photos of the Do-22 from above, but the shape looks right compared to the simple drawings that I have. There are no rigging instructions other than the illustration on the first page of the instruction sheet. Both the wingspan and fuselage scale out to published dimensions.

The resin cockpit parts are nicely executed with the floor, two seats, instrument panel and control column. The seats have the belts molded into them. One thing that is absent from the kit is side wall detail, there is nothing but smooth plastic on the inner surface of the fuselage. The machine guns (two MG15s are molded in plastic), and are a little heavy compared to the resin pieces that make up the rest of the cockpit. There is also a separate floor for the tunnel gunner, with a pad on it, that is also made of resin.

 



The kit supplies plastic struts but mentions in the instructions that they can be replaced by Aeroclub Strutz or Contrail strut stock.

One item of note: apparently sometime after the masters and molds were made the kit designers discovered that the mounting holes for the wing struts were not in the correct place. There is a full page showing how to overcome this by filling the holes and drilling new ones. This explanation comes from Matt Bittner, who occasionally posts here on Hyperscale. Kudos to Aviation Usk for catching this. The struts are quite a handful on this model, there being fourteen individual pieces to mount the wing, and an additional eight to mount the floats (only four for the wheeled configuration).

There are ten resin pieces that mount on the underside of the wing that are the aileron (flaperon?) actuators. All pictures I have seen of the Do-22 also show counterweights on the ailerons, but these do not appear in the kit. The horizontal stabs and elevators are just butt joints to glue to the fuselage, and could use with a pin to strengthen them. There are small plastic winglets or trim fins that attach to the top of the horizontals that need the mounting pins made from rod or wire not supplied in the kit.

Finally, the windscreen pieces are vacuum formed, and quite clear. These attach to the front of both cockpit openings (click thumbnail to right to view larger image).

There are markings for six machines in this kit, two each from Finland, Yugoslavia and Greece. It is a good mixture of camouflaged and overall silver airplanes.

 

 

There are two Yugoslav seaplanes, one camouflaged and one mottled green over silver (or light gray). There are two Finnish airplanes in the green and black green over light blue, one a seaplane and one with wheels. The Greek machines are a camouflaged landplane and a silver seaplane. The decal quality looks very good, thin with good color saturation and alignment.

 

 

Conclusion

 

I think that modelers of 1/72nd WW II and pre-war aircraft will find this an interesting subject. But it will also be a bit of a challenge, with all of the strut work. I am looking forward to building this model.

Recommended.

Thanks to Aviation Usk for the review sample.


X-otic 72 kits are available from Aviation Usk's website


Review Copyright 2002 by Stephen Munroe
This Page Created on 07 September, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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