Saturday, 26 January 2013

Nightfighter - Simple Conversion Do217J-2

Variant 4G for the Himmelbett has II./NJG2 aircraft up against No.77 Sqn RAF.  I couldn't find a Do217 Nightfighter so had to look at a simple mod.

Using two Tumbling Dice models (A-6 Intruder and Do217) I looked at a quick chop shop job to add the solid nose to make a J-2 variant.

  • I took the TD A-6 Intruder and cut the nose off just forward of the canopy. 

  • I have loads of these and the TER with bombs can be recycled onto the A-7 Corsairs for another project.
  • The Do217 had the same treatment removing the plexiglass nose.
  • Drilled a hole into both parts and inserted a piece of brass rod to give the mod some strength.
  • Liberal application of superglue
  • Liquid GW Greenstuff over the join
  • WAIT
  • Once dry then sand down the join.
  • Painted Black
  • Highlighted with 3:1 Black/Black Grey Mix
  • Second highligh with a 2:1 Black/Black Grey Mix
  • Gloss varnish
  • WAIT
I could only find one reference to a II./NJG aircraft and that had an all over black scheme.  No Callsign or ID letters were added due to the black scheme. 
  • National Insignia and other markings applied.
  • Gloss Varnish over the decals
  • WAIT
  • Dullcote to finish

Simple scheme on a simple aircraft.  I only need one of these so don't mind putting the extra little effort in.  I have a couple of Ju88 which need similar treatment to come so have learnt some lessons.

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