Dornier Do 24K, A49-5, 41 Sqn RAAF Townsville Qld 1943.
1/72 Italeri, I modified the nose turret and added a Falcon vac part, hinged the guns, modified the engines and cowls and added sprue exhausts, added plastic tube and brass wire to the engines, propellers, added rudder pedals, finished in MM and Humbrol enamels and Poly scale acrylic with Future and Xtra flat over Aussie, Carpena and Ventura decals from the spares box.
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Really nice one Allan. Something different especially in those markings.
Thanks Tony, good to hear from you.
Weird but wonderful, good job, Allan.
Looking really good.
Strange to see a Do 24 in Australian colours. I suppose it's been a former Dutch one.
Thanks Hans, yes the RAAF received the 6 survivors of 30 that fought the Japanese in 1942.
Only 6 survived! I shouldn't be surprised, that U S Navy Catalina outfit in the Phillipines lost a lot of theirs early on.
Interesting aircraft, Allan. Good on ya!
Great subject Allan - nice build.
Looks good, Allan...I like it..! 🙂
Beautiful job! And how did this end up with the Aussies?
Thanks Robert, Dutch refugee, see reply to Hans !
Bob, Hans got it, this was a Dutch aircraft in the Netherlands East Indies. After their fall, a lot of Dutch aircraft went to Australia to carry on the war.
The Spanish had some they got from the Germans, which they used for ASR in the Med into the 70s.
At least one was reengined with turboprops.
Herr Dr. Dornier made a good, longlived seaplane series, from the Wal on forward.
Very nice! I never would have thought to do a Do-24 as an Aussie bird. It looks nice in that livery.
I love that masking technique! Looks like it is great for getting a feathered edge in the small scales. Probably would make masking my Ju-52's corrugated skin a breeze! (If I can lay it down in any semblance of a straight line that is!) I did get to see one of these at EAA a few years back. It had been converted into an amphibian, which was pretty neat, but on the down side they also hung turboprops on it. (Since I live in Oshkosh, I see the BT-47's flying out of Basler's shop all the time, and see that classic shape in the sky, but don't hear the growl. They have some very pretty C-47's in the que that are going under the axe including a highly polished ex CAF example, but it was traded for a C-47 that was actually in the Normandy invasion. (If not the lead plane.)
Thanks Josh, give it a try !
Josh, thanks for posting that. I knew there was one they'd put turboprops on. Amazing that a thirties design is still going strong, like those C-47s Basler is redoing. If you design it well and maintain it, it just keeps on going.
Thanks for sharing this model with us. Lots of history.
How did the Aussies get this type in their inventory.
Taken over from the Dutch!
Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.
Thanks Dirk, a Dutch survivor as noted above !