German WW II Bomber
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 1250 Dornier Do 217E
|Contents and Media:
||118 light grey plastic parts on
three sprues, 5 clear parts on one sprue, decals for four aircraft plus
a 5 page A4 fold-out instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 10
build diagrams and 4 paint/decal drawings.
(will be available online from Hannants)
||The Dornier Do 217E has been long
over due in this scale, new decals with stencils, Henschel Hs-293
included in kit and can be built as standard bomber or Hs-293 carrier,
fine surface detail, excellent decals
||Raised panel lines; no cockpit
side-wall detail; cowling shape is some-what suspect.
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale Dornier Do 217E will be available online from Squadron.com
For quite a few years now I've had an Italeri Dornier Do 217K and the
night-fighter Dornier Do 217N socked away, because, along with a
vac-formed nose, that was the only way to get a good Dornier Do 217E.
Now Italeri have solved the problem by altering the Dornier Do 217K
moulds to produce a highly detailed Dornier Do 217E.
Some modellers may ask, “What's the difference?” Well, the K had the
one-piece glazed nose, while the E has the stepped nose and the
Night-Fighter has the step but no nose glazing. Now, I can build all
three. Of course, whether I live long enough, that's another thing…
Now stop rambling and tell 'em about the kit. Okay, here goes.
The altered parts are the front of the fuselage halves along with a
different instrument panel and control column on the main light grey
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The clear sprue has a separate very clear canopy and nose cone without
provision for the side hand-held guns. The gun turret and ventral gun
position are the same as the K.
Italeri has released two Ks. The K-1 was a pure bomber and the K-2,
which was designed to carry the Fritz-X glider bomb and the Henschel
Hs-293 guided missile. The K-2 also had extended wings and it is from
the K-2 moulds that the E has been based. You don't get the extended
wings in the E kit but provision is there if you wanted to pinch them
out of the K kit.
You don't get the two Fritz-X glider bombs from the K, but you do get a
new Hs 293 and it is almost a kit in its own right. With 17 parts on the
sprue, you get one missile, two mounts and a drop tank for the other
side and the missile and tank have nice engraved panel lines although
they are raised on the mounts.
Talking of raised details, those on the rest of the model, because it's
from the older K kit, are very subdued and if your one who doesn't mind
them, you'll be happy. On the other hand, there's not so many that it
would be a problem to re-scribe them. Either way, good stuff.
I have two teeny weeny little quibbles with this kit. Here we go (some
people are never happy. Shush you) I think Italeri have missed an
opportunity here, to add some detail to the interior of the cockpit and
to correct the profile of the two engine cowlings. Nit-picking may-be,
but I just want to let people know that these two very small problems
haven't been fixed.
The decals are all new, and very nice too (hey, that rhymes). Markings
for 4 aircraft with a complete set of stencils, 2 E-5 Hs-293 carriers
from KG 100 in 1944, a night bomber E-4 from KG 40, in France, 1942 and
an E-3 day bomber from KG 2. The E-4 has a black under-surface and all
have RLM 72/73 uppers.
Even with the above minor complaints, I am very excited about this kit.
I've wanted to build one for years but as I'm not very good with
vac-formed parts, I've put it off in the hope that someone would release
Thank you Mr Italeri.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 30 November, 2005
Last updated 29 November, 2005
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