Dornier Do 217N-2 Conversion
Simple Models, 1/48 scale
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|Contents and Media:
||30 Parts in Tan Colored Resin
||Surprisingly, the first time a 1/48
Do 217 N-2 conversion has ever been available. Well detailed, nicely
||No instructions, no decals, no clear
parts. Fair bit of cleanup required. This set is not for the impatient.
recommended for all WWII scale German Night Fighter fans.
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Dornier's ultimate night fighter, the Do 217 N-2, was born out of a
desire to eliminate as much weight and drag as was possible from the
preceding versions of the venerable Do 217.
This variant dispensed with the ventral gun position and dorsal turret
entirely, replacing these with wooden fairings. Although this
combination solved much of the previous weight problems the aircraft was
still 300 lb heavier than the standard Ju 88 G-6.
Armament of the Do 217 N-2 was (lower) four 20-mm MG 151 and( upper)
four 7.9-mm MG 17 machine guns grouped in the solid nose. Most were also
equipped with the R-22 “ Schrage Musik” installation of four 20-mm MG
151 cannon in the aft fuselage. Most aircraft was fitted with FuG 202
These aircraft were used by the Nachtjagd in small numbers in several
theaters, the main recipients being NJG 3,NJG 4, NJG 100, 101 and 102.
The 1/48 scale Monogram Dornier Do217 E-5 is a magnificent model in
terms of overall accuracy, detail and fit of parts.
For years, more than a few modelers have been wanting to be able to add
a Dornier Do 217 N-2 to the ever growing collection of German WWII Night
Fighters. Up until recently, the only possibility of having a Do 217 N-2
in any scale would be to totally scratch build one, not the easiest of
Well the small cottage industry comes thru again. Folks what we have
here is a very nice 1/48 resin conversion which, by using the Monogram
Do 217 E-5 as the donor kit, can be made into a very nice Do 217 N-2.
Simple Models is a new name for me and before I actually bought the kit,
an email was in order to John Roll at Roll Models who are the sole
distributor of the kit. I wanted to actually make sure it was indeed an
N-2 version and not the N-1 which Bill Koster already has a vac kit of.
Sure enough John assured me that the conversion was for an Do 217 N-2
but also said that it was not in a box but just a bag -o-resin parts
sans instructions, decals or clear parts. Forewarned I said to myself,
what the heck, not any worse than spending $20 on going out to the
Sign me up. I’ll take one.
A short three days later I received the kit and I had to smile, and I
don’t smile all that much, as John was right….just a bag with a
bunch-o-resin parts. Yep….but man these are pretty nice parts.
What you get for your hard earned $20 is 30 tan colored resins parts
which comprise :
Two complete DB 603A engines with
props and blades, four flame damping exhaust shrouds and two
A two part lower fuselage fairing,
one upper fuselage fairing , one solid nose
Both right and left interior 20-mm MG
151 cannon magazines with attached belt feed chutes.
Front circuit boxes and air canister
section which fits under instrument panel
Three other small parts that to be
truthful, I have yet to figure out what the heck are.
The over impression is that most of the parts are very well cast with
some very good engraving. The mold blocks on the larger parts are not
excessive and should not be a problem to remove. The small parts have a
wafer of resin surrounding them but nothing a sharp knife cant handle
with a couple of swipes.
The one piece nose is very nice indeed with the upper most MG 17 and
lower MG 151 locations pre drilled. The radar bases are the correct
heavy 2nd type which dispensed with the extra bracing as seen on the N-1
version. The top nose vents are also recessed and the MG 17 access
hatches are finely engraved as are the rest of the nose panel lines.
Surprisingly the lower shell ejector section which should be behind the
solid nose is not included and one is left to his/her own devices to
make this section. The FuG 202 radar is also not included and one must
produce this themselves.
The DB 603A engines IMHO are fantastic, being a bit more to scale( read
that larger) than Kosters renditions. The propeller boss and VDM props
are very impressive and also look more to scale, again read that larger.
My example did have one small air bubble on the lower lip of both
supercharger intakes and two of the flame damping exhaust shrouds also
had a bubble, but nothing a bit of cyano glue wont fix.
The two piece lower and one piece upper fairings for the weapons
stations are very nice although some rather major surgery of the
Monogram “base kit” will be required to fit these parts. The top fairing
will require one to surgically remove the rear canopy section just
before the turret opening and place the fairing in its place. The lower
two piece fairing will require one to remove a small portion of the
lower Bomb bay and lower gun station.
The interior MG 151 magazines with connected feed chutes are nice as
Well that about sums it up. Seeming as how we will not likely get a
injected 1/48 Do 217N-2 anytime in the foreseeable future, this is one
of those conversions that, if one wants an example of Dorniers premier
night fighter, with time and patience can be made into a great looking
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