Galland’s flying circus
I have always thought of the ‘Dora’ as a wonderfully elegant aircraft which was great counterpoint to it’s brutal parentage, the pugnacious and acutely aggressive ‘Butcher Bird’ (which has it’s own terrible beauty).
This is the 1/32 Hasegawa kit which I found a joy to make; no putty, great dihedral, and got the difficult undercarriage angles all spot on.
I wanted to build this as a two-part kit, the other being an Me 262; the plan being eventually to display them as part of a JV 44 diorama.
Highlight of the kit for me was the design of the open plan of the rear of the engine, which Hasegawa got just right for me. It’s a distinctive feature of this plane and gives an unusual opportunity to see some plumbing without open panels disrupting the shape and flow of the plane.
In terms of painting it was a bit of a challenge to get the IFF stripes right. The stripes were for the Me 262 escorts to be easily identified and prevent friendly fire. The scheme led to JV44 being nicknamed ‘ Papagei Staffel’ (parrot squadron).
All in all I really had fun making and painting this kit which was straight out of the box. Now, whether or not I eventually get around to the 262 to go with it…