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Dornier Do 217E, K-2, J-1
Engine Fronts


AIMS, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description and Price: Dornier Do 217E, K-2, J-1 Engine Fronts
GBP3.00 + p&p via email from AIMS
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Four parts in cream coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: More accurate shapes than kit parts; quite noticeable in this prominent area; high quality resin castings; simple installation
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green

Italeri's 1/72 scale Dornier Do 217E will be available online from Squadron.com


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Here is a simple but noteworthy accessory that landed on my desk recently.

Glen Porter noted in his review of Italeri's new 1/72 scale Dornier Do 217E that the shape of the engine cowl fronts and spinners are suspect in this family of kits.

AIMS of the United Kingdom has solved this problem with a simple resin update set. Four pieces are included - two engine cowl fronts and two spinner / cooling fan assemblies. This is actually a re-issue of an earlier set designed for the Do 217K-2 and J-1, but is equally relevant to the BMW-powered E variant too.

The shape of the cowls is much better than the kit parts. In particular, the prominent cowl rings are cast proud of the rest of the cowling, avoiding the pinched look of the Italeri kit in this area.

The resin parts are nicely cast with no pinholes or other imperfections.

Cleanup should be quite simple - the back of the fans can be sanded down on a flat piece of sandpaper and the casting block on the cowl fronts should actually fit inside the rim of the kit cowl after a little preparation. At that point the parts will be a snap to install.

AIMS' 1/72 scale Do 217 Engine Fronts are a simple and significant enhancement for Italeri's excellent Dornier family.


Review Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 21 December, 2005
Last updated 20 December, 2005

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