1/72 Italeri Do-24 Floatplane
Gallery Article by Tony Di Stefano - December 07, 2009
Plane Type: Propeller; Plane Name: Do-24; Scale: 1/72; Kit Manufacturer: Italeri
This is Italeri's Dornier DO-24 -T Reconaissance Seaplane kit no. 122 in 1/72 scale. The kit took me approximately 22-26 hours to build due to the masking involved around the kit's many clear parts and Splinter Camouflage. It went together very well for the most part and has very nice recessed panel detail. A modeler should be careful with the main wing bracing to ensure the proper alignment to the fuselage. This is where a pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so dry fit before gluing! Also, great care must be taken with the turrets and fuselage windows since they must be installed when gluing the fuselage halves together. Other than that, its a pretty straight forward build, with good fit and no hassles. The decals are very thin and delicate and tend to silver, but not as bad as on my other Italeri kit, the JU-188.
The wings and tail surfaces went together without a hitch. The wing is six pieces all together consisting of a center and two outer sections which builds true and straight. The tail consists of seven pieces and builds up nicely also. The engines went together nicely and can be painted and added later to the model, a great feature. The gearbox housing was painted in panzer gray with black cylinders and silver pushrod details. The props and spinners were painted RLM 70 Schwarzgrun The exhaust pipes were given a wash of red/brown and given a mist of tire black for exhaust stains. The fuselage also goes together with a good fit, but as I stated before, the clear parts (windows) and turrets must be installed while joining the fuselage halves. You must be very careful not to get any glue on the turrets at this time. I would have preferred that the kit be designed so that the turrets be added on later, but its definitely a do-able thing. Thank goodness for patience and Tamiya masking tape!
The cockpit area is very basic and scratchbuilders could dress it up a bit more than I did . I painted mine in RLM 02 Grau and drybrushed some details in a darkened RLM 02 Grau. I also added some masking tape seatbelts to add some detail to the basic interior. The canopy framing was simple to mask about 1/2 hour to mask and paint. It was prepped with Future acrylic and was allowed to dry thoroughly for 2 days before it was handled. A similar technique was used for the three turrets. The main fuselage round windows were masked with Tamiya masking tape.
The kit calls for the model to be painted with reference to Model Master enamel paints. I used Aeromaster and Tamiya acrylics to paint my model with. I noticed that the painting instructions have some inaccuracies according to my references. The cockpit should be painted RLM 02 Grau. The main early war Splinter Camouflage colors should be RLM 70 Schwarzgrun and RLM 71 Dunklegrun. The bottom color should be RLM 65 Hellblau.
When the model was painted to my satisfaction, I sprayed a few thin coats of Future to prep for decaling. The kit offers three different decal options. It can be built as a Luftwaffe aircraft of the III Seenot Gruppe, 1942, Swedish Air Force, or Dutch Air Force. Being an avid Luftwaffe fan, I choose to do mine as such. There is an inaccuracy in the upper wing Balkenkruze decals, so I added some from my spares box. The kit's upper decals portray a later war style cross and must be corrected. I also added swastikas to the tail from my spare parts box, since the kit does not supply them . The decals were very thin and delicate and went on nicely with some setting solution, but again when they dried ,there was some slight silvering.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable kit to build despite all the masking. It turns into a fine replica of the DO-24 that can be proudly displayed in anyone's model case. I enjoyed doing the early war Splinter Camouflage as a break from the late war RLM 74/75/76 paint jobs I've been doing lately. I give this kit a solid 4 stars out of 5 on the Tony's Scale of Models. I'd like to thank Italeri and the Three Steves at the Aircraft Resource Center for supplying this kit for my review and build. Stay tuned for more of my reviews and models here, Same ARC channel, Same ARC Time!
Tony Di Stefano
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