The Do217K was a beefed up and over-burdened medium bomber throughout
World War 2. Having its start before the conflict as the Do17, changes
in engines and crew cockpit developed it into a different aircraft from
its meager beginnings. The K-2 craft had a longer wingspan and was capable
of carrying the Fritz-X and Henschel-293 gliding bombs. A few of these
aircraft saw service as maritime and coastal attack bombers with lll/KG
The venerable Do217K-1 Italeri kit has been around the block for quite
some years. The latest installment sees the inclusion of two new sprues
for the additional wing length two Fritz-X, one Hs-293 bomb with an under
wing fuel tank for the other wing.
The original kit has changed a bit over the years primarily in the
engine area, a simple engine face with cylinders instead of the double
row of cylinders, which always gave this area some better depth. Not withstanding
that change, the rest of the original K-1 kit is presented in standard
medium gray plastic resplendent with raised panel lines.
Additional outer wing panels also with raised features are included
on a separate sprue. So both K-1 and K-2 versions can be built from this
general cockpit layout is similar to all Italeri Dorniers of this type,
simple seats (more like chairs), a semi-accurate floor and instrument
panel with decal, and four gun stations. This area could use with a bit
of after-market detailing. The cockpit glazing is clear but thick and
as memory serves me, fits pretty well. Ailerons, rudders and elevators
are separate pieces, something we seldom see but make for more believable
looking control surfaces.
is minimal considering the age of the kit, and fit is general good with
little filler being need.
instructions would have you cut off the wing tips outside of the ailerons
to insert the extended wing panels for the K-2 mark. Since the cut is
at the panel line it makes for a bit easier transition. The Bombs are
not the old Condor kits but are totally styrene, no etched metal and look
very realistic for 1/72nd scale.
Good reference material on the Do217 series is widely available from
various sources. I have the Polish 'Air Show' booklet, which has scale
drawings of the major marks and a brief description of the Italeri kit,
and its faults. Unfortunately the text is in Polish but it does show some
additional work on the fuselage width to be necessary!
are flat finish with plenty of film to trim; they, of course, lack any
swastikas and small stencils. Given a good clear coat of Future over the
painted model they should settle down with little trouble.
I for one would love to model this variant of the standard Do217 along
with the additional wing span and armament. Having some photo etched enhancements
for the interior and exterior would do this kit justice and might just
make this an eye-popper at the show!