1/72 Revell Dornier Do 28D2
This is Revell’s 1/72 Dornier Do 28D2 of the Turkish Army Aviation.
This project has been on my mind for a long time, however due to the scarcity of the kit, it was pretty much conceptual.
Luckily, having found the kit on Facebook from a Turkish private seller, I literally jumped on it and finally turned the concept into reality!
The kit comes with the Luftwaffe Tiger Meet decals, and I used the Turkish decal and resin manufacturer Babibi Decals in order to build the Turkish version of this little beauty.
The plane itself was out of service in 1996 after serving almost 30 years as the main liaison and observation fixed wing asset of the Turkish Army Aviation Command.
Since the kit itself was/is pretty simple and lacking details (i.e. neither recessed, nor engraved panel lines), having poor cockpit details, I decided to put the emphasis on paint job and weathering in order to bring out my little product as realistic as possible.
I also had to spend some time on filling and sanding on the wings and the fuselage.
As usual, I pre-shaded the kit after airbrushing the primer.
Since the actual Turkish aircraft came from the Luftwaffe and Marine, the camouflage pattern and the colors were the same as the German ones, which was a pleasure to mask, paint and watch! I particularly like the splinter style camo on the wings!
The kit was painted with Gunze acrylics, gloss coated, decalled, and sealed with Future & Tamiya Flat Base mix.
This is the first time I post-shaded a model. You can see the post-shaded, subtle streaks on the top and bottom side of the wings, along with the vertical stabilizer.
Finally, I added minor details to enhance the realistic look such as;
• windshield wipers (scratch built from plastic and wire)
• upper radio antenna (fishing rod)
• wingtip antennae (wire)
• door steps (wire)
The Do-28 was one of the all time favourites of my childhood and I am very glad to have added the Turkish version of this oldie to my builds.
Though, a 1/48 scale of this bird, with ample details, would be a true joy to build and exhibit…
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