Dornier Do 26, Amodel 1/72
The Dornier Do 26 was a mail & passenger flying boat produced before WWII by Dornier Flugzeugwerk. It was operated by a crew of four and was intended for the Lisbon to New York route.
This is the Amodel 1/72 kit released in 2014. The kit overall is pretty accurate in shape and is well detailed. But the fit is very poor. Surface detail is soft and inconsistent, varying from very shallow to very deep. Many panel lines are not straight, as if they were done by hand. Clear parts are poor.
Building this kit was a long and often grueling process. Much time was spent on bodywork, and rescribing and adding rivets. Based on photos, I removed the molded-in exhausts and fashioned new from brass. The loop and mast antennas are scratch. The beaching dolly is from the kit, but I fashioned a new support structure that looks a lot more believable.
All the markings (except the LUFTHANSA tag below the cockpit and the Lufthansa logo & DORNIER on the tail) were masked and painted. The masks were cut on a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.
MRP paints were used. Research suggested the hull & wings were painted RLM 03 Silbergrau, a color that apparently was deleted from the RLM list prior to WWII. I used a 1:1 mix of MRP white and Alclad aluminum for this. Upper wings are MRP RLM 04 Gelb.
More build photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qte1Gskfz2n7LzT76
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