Hobbycraft 1/48th Dornier Do. 17Z “Flying Pencil”. Luftwaffe ETO WWII
In between graduating from USC, then Navy and trying to build a Navy, I would pick up kits here and there. Not building for a few years. Still the urge was with me, but once I started to build back in the early 90’s the 5th model to start was this HobbyCraft Do.17Z. The info on this was scarce, nothing really available aftermarket except for some True Detail wheels. Which is the only AM part is on the kit. Very basic cockpit, plastic was brittle if I remember correctly. Early WWII scheme of RLM Dunkel Grun 71 Schwarz Grun 70 over Hellblau 65, props are black. Decals were a mixture of kit decals and Aeromaster national markings and swastikas. Aeromaster acrylics were used. Though who knows how accurate this kit was at the time, really who cares, it represents a decent looking Do.17Z when finished. An unusual plane in that served as an airliner in it’s humble beginnings. As Hitler’s Germany started to build for war, several aircraft such as the Dornier’s and Heinkels were converted into light fast bombers. The slender fuselage and short wingspan earned the nickname the “Flying Pencil”, though none exist today in flying condition, one was recovered recently off the shore of Kent, England. So someday one will be restored as part of world history. The only one left to exist. Thanks for viewing.
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