Dornier Do215B-4 German Reconnaissance Plane ICM 1/48

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DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING This is my first kit of ICM. I’m a little worried if I can finish it. I think it’s a bit difficult to make a German twin-engine for the first time. ICM is a significant plastic model manufacturer in Ukraine. Among plastic model makers in Eastern Europe, Eduard in the Czech and Zvezda in Russia, which I just made recently, are famous in Japan.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING If I look at the manual’s last page, it says number 90. I’m getting worried if I can finish it. How long will it take to finish?

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING Wow, the total length is long. Moreover, the body is thin.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING It’s inside the airframe. There are many small parts. Some parts don’t fit the dowel, and I don’t know how to attach them.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKINGI’m not sure if it’s for three people. A decal, such as a meter of a cockpit panel, was attached. The cockpit panel is slightly curved in the middle. There was only one cockpit seat, and it was a twin-engine aircraft with a slightly large fuselage, so maybe the cockpit panel was bent to improve the visibility of the edge.
(2020/12/20)

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING By the way, the inside color of the aircraft is RLM02 gray. At first, I thought of painting after assembling all the parts that seemed to use the interior color of the fuselage. I use this color often until later, so I think it’s better to paint it frequently while assembling.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING Back of the wing. The position of the engine compartment and the landing gear is almost the same. Both sides of the fuselage will be a complicated mechanism.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING Wings and fuselage are glued together. It’s a good combination. There is a little gap, and it is easy to fill with putty.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING The twin-engine is reproduced with the structure of a relatively good part. There is also a color specification for painting, but what should I do? I am satisfied with the outside. For the time being, I will paint only where I can see and assemble as much as possible. Same as usual. After installing the engine cover, probably need to paint the outside.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKINGI thought there was no engine with the usual air-cooling mechanism in a single-engine, but I heard that this engine is a V-type 12-cylinder and liquid cooling type. It was V-shaped when I was assembling it.
(2020/12/22)

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 MAKING There is a little difference in level. I corrected it with putty. It wasn’t spotless.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I can see the landing gear far inside. I will use RLM02 gray a lot. Vallejo also has similar colors, so I can’t decide whether to paint with an airbrush or a brush.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I painted the tires separately and installed them first. When I paint the whole thing, I mask it.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I’m painting bombs. By the way, there seem to be 10 in total, but at this time, I had only assembled eight bombs and left the other 2 in a different runner part. I didn’t notice it because it was in a completely different place.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTINGDornier Do 215 B -4 has a round tip of the main wing, giving a slightly sluggish impression. I was wondering if the mold is also dull, but there is no such thing, and the edge of the rear end of the main wing is thin and sharp. The tail is thin and gives a very sharp impression. The manufacturer ICM has very high quality. This is my first time making this, and I like it.
(2020/12/24)

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING Suddenly I want to make a different model, so I have to evacuate Do215B to a nearby cardboard box. I suddenly want to build an aircraft carrier. If I do this kind of thing, I won’t be able to open it again in many cases, so I shouldn’t do that much. I think it’s getting increasingly shaped, but at this point, it’s still a long way to go.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING A significant number of canopy windows need to be masked. If there is enough money available, I can use ready-made masking stickers.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I put the machine gun in the cockpit and glued it through the hole in the canopy. At that time, there was probably no rotary gun. There are six machine guns in total.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING Well, since it’s a dual-engine, large bomber, it’s probably not going to be that acrobatic, but it’s probably got a seat belt around its waist. I used a Finemolds seatbelt for German air force aircraft.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTINGThe canopy has been largely masked. Many other clear parts are already attached to the fuselage, so I have to mask them.
(2020/12/26)

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING The parts fit very well. I was pleased because I expected the installation of the canopy to the fuselage would be very difficult.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING With this much masking work, I still prefer assembling tank caterpillars one by one…

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I used white and black as a base coat, but when I finished the camouflage painting, it wasn’t as effective as usual.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I forgot to mask a part of the canopy on the lower part of the body. To be exact, three pieces. It would be nice if I could remove the paint with a thinner later. If it doesn’t work, I guess I have to paint it with dark paint.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTINGMasking work is done before starting to paint the upper surface of the aircraft.
(2020/12/28)

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING It covers a large area, so I use paper flexibly around here to reduce the consumption of masking tape.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING It doesn’t follow the same pattern as the manual, but it looks like this.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING This subtle camouflage pattern feels like a German aircraft.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING This ICM kit doesn’t have a Swastika decal. I felt shocked. It is also called Hakenkreutz. Usually, even if it is impossible to put it in the whole shape, I think there will be some contrivance of the manufacturer, such as the shape of a swastika, which is divided into two parts and combined into the shape of a Swastika. I think it is too much from the historical perspective to eliminate specific marks like this.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTING I looked for the Luftwaffe swastika mark to see if I could use it from the leftover decal of the German airplane I made in the past, but there were no perfect ones because there were many variations in color, design, and size. I didn’t make that many German planes in the first place.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 PAINTINGI got the Extra Decal with various Swastika markings. I went shopping in Hannants for a long time. It is around August this year. The distribution may be stagnated due to the new virus, but I received it in about two weeks. I bought two sheets because it cost a shipping fee. I don’t know if there are many opportunities to make German planes.

Speaking of Hannants, it’s England. A variant virus is re-epidemic in England now. There are too many people when I shop at the Tokyo supermarket. It seems that most residents of Tokyo spend their time here without returning hometowns.
(2020/12/30)

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK After a lot of hard work, I finally completed Dornier Do 215. This type is called Do215B-4, a twin-engine reconnaissance plane.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK Do215 was developed for export by improving the engine. The Dornier Do215 is an improved version of the Dornier Do17. The basic shape is that Do17 and Do215 are very similar. The area around the engine cowl is a little different. There are four crew members.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK Both were called “flying pencils” and “Fliegender Bleistift” because they were straight and slender. It was initially developed as a high-speed mail transport aircraft. The high speed was excellent for military use, I suppose. A total of 105 Do215 aircraft were produced.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK There are so many machine guns in the cockpit. It shows how much the fighter threatened the crew of a large reconnaissance plane or bomber.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK Marking was assigned to the German Air Force’s 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, which served on reconnaissance missions during the Battle of Britain. It was deployed in France in August 1940.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK It is tough to make a twin-engine plane of the German Air Force with too many windows for first time. I should have made a plane with less canopy.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK I like the point where these necessary extensive modules are installed to be closer to each other. When I installed the engine part to the fuselage, I wondered if there was a little gap or if I should ignore it as part of the panel line. I filled the big gap with putty and ignored it if it was a little off.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK I also put an antenna line on it. I don’t know where the middle part comes from, but I think it’s just the atmosphere.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK The upper surface of the fuselage is flat, including the main wing, and the thin and straight part of the fuselage looks smart and cool.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK The decals in this kit of ICM were a little dry, and some were likely to collapse. It is too hard to fit, so that I might have a little silvering.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK Also, the white and black of the German military cross mark on the decal are out of alignment, and there is a thin white line inside, so I had to retouch it with a brush. If you are concerned about it, it is better to modify it.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK It’s a reconnaissance plane, so it’s got two cameras, and it has windows. It is equipped with bombshell outfits and can perform bombing missions.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK So many canopy frames are challenging to finish beautifully.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORK The upper surface of the fuselage reproduces a two-color geometric camouflage paint. It’s pretty plain. It can’t be helped because it blends in with the color of the ground when seen from above. On the other hand, the light blue sky on the fuselage’s underside is pale and beautiful.

DORNIER Do215B-4 GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE ICM 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe 1/48 scale Do 215 is about 40 cm wide and 35 cm long when assembled. It is pretty impressive. Since it is a large body with a large wing area, I changed the surface look by washing it, so it does not become monotonous. Even if you assemble the same plane plastic model, it has a different interest from a single reciprocating fighter. Not only ICM, but I still have some Luftwaffe twin-engine aircraft kits, so I would like to try again.
(2021/01/03)