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  1. Topdrawings #30 (7030) Dornier Do 17z/Do 215 Publisher: Kagero Written by: Mariusz Łukasik Available here from Kagero for € 18,24 This book will make you long for an inevitable Do-17 release in 32nd scale. Trust me. Let’s hope Revell gives it the same treatment as their excellent Ju-88 and He-111 range. Size won’t be an obstacle, since the wingspan is quite equal to the Ju-88. Sales won’t be an issue, since this is a plane that saw a LOT of variations and was used in the Battle of Britain. In other scales Hobbycraft (hmmmm), Classic Airframes and recently ICM (Yes! The Do-17Z10 and Z2) released their version in 48th scale. And when you want to save on display space you could tackle the Flying Pencil in 72nd scale, as offered by Airfix (Do17z, Do17E/F), Revell (Do17Z), ICM (Do17B-4, Do17Z10), RS Models (Do17P, Do17K), Matchbox (Do17Z2), etc.. etc… Perhaps the reason the Do17 or Do215 hasn’t been done in ‘our’ scale yet is the fact that there are no survivors remaining today. Only some large pieces or relics in museums or private collections. Or is there?.... In 2010 the RAF Museum announced that they had discovered the largely intact remains of a Do17Z (Werknummer 1160) off the coast of England. Today the wreckage has been carefully lifted of the seabed and is undergoing preservation and restoration in the RAF Museum in Cosford. The remains undergoing preservation treatment in 2013: The book These Topdrawings titles are really written and published with the modeller in mind. If features drawings of all the different versions of the Do17 and Do215 in 72nd scale which not only show panel lines, but also rivets. I myself mainly use these drawings for my riveting. Apart from this also showed are cross sections of the fuselage and wings. This should appeal the 3D modellers! Throughout the book we stumble on 7 colour profiles of a Do17Z-7, Do17Z-2, Do-17Z-1 (with top, bottom, left and right profiles in Desert Scheme), Do-215B-5, Do-215B-4, Do215B-1 and Do-17Z-2. The drawings inside the book are all in 72nd scale. Each version of the plane has a small text explaining the structural differences. If you are interested in the history of the plane or it’s operational use, this is not the book for you. If you want to check whether your model is accurate in shape or if you want to detail it up and/or rivet it… this is a must have. The book is as always accompanied by three large sheets with drawings. Printed front and back. It features drawings of the Do-17 from the top, bottom, front and side profiles in all three scales (32, 48 and 72). If we look at the 32nd scale drawings, the first thing you’ll notice is the massive size of the plane. To check whether I was going grazy, I grabbed the wing sprue of a 32nd scale Ju-88 kit and placed it on top. See for yourself: the size is quite similar. I think the visual impact is caused by the long chord of the wings. Quite like the huge wings on the He-111. And like I said in the introduction: these drawings will make you hungry for a 32nd scale version of this plane. A Ju-88 wing on top of the drawings: If the drawings don’t do it for you, perhaps the recent 1/48 completion of the ICM kit by Italian builder Paolo Portuesi will! Verdict One of those ‘need to have’ titles when tackling the Do17 / Do215 subject! The prize of 18 euro’s sure won’t be a show stopper. It won’t take up a lot of space in your book case. Let’s all buy it and pray for Revell to step up their game. I remember reviewing the Ta154 book by Kagero and guess what? I now have a 32nd scale Ta154 in my stash! Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Kagero Publishing for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Jeroen Peters
  2. Junkers Ju 88 Bomber variants Maciej Noszczak Kagero Books Topdrawings Number 16 (7016) Scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 Available from Kagero for € 16,46 The Topdrawings range focusses on drawings. Click this link to see the entire range. This edition covers the bomber versions of Junkers’ famous Ju-88. Line drawings are provided in the three popular scales (up to 1/32!) and the artwork is impressive. Anyone looking to build an accurate, detailed Revell 1/32 Ju-88 should get a copy of this book. It not only shows the location of all the hatches, but also every single rivet there is to count. Since the drawings are available in 32nd scale, you can practically use the drawings as a template. Check out the amazing detail: After having rivetted (and possibly rescribed) your Ju-88 you can choose to paint it as per one of the four included colour profiles. Decals are (as always) provided for these four versions by Cartograf: Junkers Ju 88 A-4 coded + KS of 8./KG77 based in the Mediterranean area 1943 Junkers Ju 88 A-11 Trop L1 + OK of 2./LG1, North Africa 1942 Junkers Ju 88 A-5 coded B3 + EX of 10.(Erg)/KG 54 based in the Mediterranean area 1943 Junkers Ju 88 A-1 coded 9K + HL of 3./KG 51 this aircraft force landed in the UK possibly due to lack of fuel. Conclusion Another simple but comprehensive set dealing with this versatile bomber. Decals by Cartograf are in perfect register and include swastikas albeit in two parts. Showing again the attention to detail that Kagero is known for. Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Kagero Publishing for the review sample. To purchase directly, click HERE. Kind regards, Cees Broere / Jeroen Peters
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