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Dornier
Do 335A
Engine Set

CMK

 

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 4086 - Dornier Do 335 Engine Set for TAMIYA
Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$8.47 from Squadron.com
Contents and Media: 7 parts in pale green/grey-coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Deceptively simple; cunningly clever casting; great detail; good painting callouts.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended 

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

An open engine compartment can strike fear into the heart of even a hardened modeller. The thought of tiny parts, wiring, and aligning parts in thin air is certainly daunting. 

CMK's engine compartment for Tamiya's 1/48 scale Dornier Do 335 takes much of the effort out of this task. Surprisingly, it does so with very little compromise to detail. 

CMK's DB603 Engine Set is designed for the forward engine compartment of Tamiya's single seater or two-seater kits. Don't even think of using it anywhere else. 

The set comes packed in CMK's usual cardboard-backed plastic blister with some soft foam added for further protection.

The main part comprises three-quarters of the engine. The top, bottom, front, back and port side are beautifully depicted in a single resin part. Even the supercharger, electrical cabling and rear bulkhead are cast in place. This is a remarkable piece of moulding. The detail is very crisp and complete, and I can't imagine how the undercuts are achieved.

Four exhausts are also supplied. These are very nice replacements for the Tamiya parts to fit the front and rear engines. The stacks are hollowed out realistically.

The other major part is the front port engine cowl. This has structural detail on the interior of the part, and a nice supercharger intake is moulded in place. The only shortcoming of this piece is that the outlet for the intake, on the inside of the cowl, is solid. 

One cannon barrel and the engine mounts round out this impressive but simple detail set.

The instruction sheet is small, as are the drawings therein. The kit nose must be cut along a single panel line to facilitate the installation of the engine, but that is the extent of modification to the kit. Colours are called out throughout construction, with references to Humbrol and Aeromaster paints.

This is certainly an easy way to install a detailed engine bay in your Dornier Do 335.

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.



CMK's 1/48 scale Do 335 Engine Set
is available online from Squadron.com


Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
Page Created 29 March, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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