Building the 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Dornier Do-335
I purchased this kit in August at the IPMS convention in Phoenix. I've been chomping at the bit to start, but waited until I finished the Corsair before starting it since it's quite an involved kit with lots of internal detail. I'm not sure if I going to build it as a cutaway/stripped down version like the Horten, or a well-worn fighter like the Corsair, or a combination of the two. I've seen reference photos of a Do-335 that was shot up while on the ground by allied troops that had nothing better to do than to put holes in one of these beasts, and that might be pretty cool, but I'm finding that it's difficult to proceed without a plan.
The instructions have you start with the cockpit area and that's where I started. The parts are beautifully molded and so far the fit is perfect as is expected. I started by spraying everything with gray primer followed by a cout of AK Interactive Extreme Metal (dark Aluminum), followed by my new favorite paints from Mission Models. I used several shades of RLM 66 for the cockpit sides and rear bulkhead, and a mixture of Tire Black and Black for the ejection seat.
I bought the aftermarket seatbelt set from Z-M made for them by RB Productions. They consist of PE for the hardware and some kind of laser cut paper-like material for the belts. The kit belts are nicely molded as a separate part and include a seat cushion. I replicated that with one made with Sculpey and painted it Field Gray.
I added straps made from wine bottle foil to the control pedals. Buckles came from a 1/48 MiG-23 PE set.