Dornier Do335 – Step 5

I have decided that the best way to move on is to spend at least an hour a day on the Do335 A-O.

Step 5 is done after reading the instructions and dry fitting part 73.

I had to use Gorilla glue to attach part 73 since there was some warping. I set aside the assembly before moving to step 6 and figuring out what how much I have to stretch the wings…


Dornier Do 335 – First step

Last night I started step 1.

You have to start somewhere don’t you.

First, I carefully cut the two fuselage halves from the sprue and dry fitted them. I found out the front part was warped a little so I decided to glue the rear fuselage halves only and let everything set overnight.

Then I got working on my next post of the Frank Sorensen story which is my new blog I have created for his daughter. Vicki had transcribed all of her father’s letters that he wrote to his parents during WW II.

174 letters!

I have never read such informative letters about WW II.

This is what Vicki wrote as a foreword to her father’s letters…

My father, Frank Sorensen, immigrated to Canada from Roskilde, Denmark with his family in August 1939. He volunteered in the Royal Canadian Air Force in March 1941 and trained to become a Spitfire fighter pilot. He was shot down while serving with RAF 232 Squadron, over Tunisia, in North Africa on April 11, 1943 and became a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III. He was an active participant in the tunnel digging operations that was later known as The Great Escape.

After my father’s death February 5th, 2010, when he was 87, I came into possession of letters written by him to his parents during the war that they had saved and given back to him. Along with the letters were numerous photos and service record documents. There were 174 letters in total which start from C.O.T.C., 1940, #1 Manning Depot, #3 Initial Flying Training School, #2 Elementary Flying Training School, #11 Service Flying Training School; all in Canada in 1941 to #17 A.F.U. (Advanced Flying Unit) and #53 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) in England in 1942. Then, his service from 1942 in RCAF 403 Squadron, in England, transferring to RAF 232 Squadron in Scotland, then to North Africa. Numerous letters are from 1943 and 1944 from Stalag Luft III, and then a handful from 1945. There were only two short letters from the long march from Sagan to Lubeck – one in March letting his parents know he was still all right, and one in May when they had just been liberated.

If you are interested by Frank Sorensen’s story, you can follow that blog.

All 174 letters will be shared as well as all the photos and log book pages. I don’t know where all this will lead Vicki and I, and how many lives will be touched by Frank Sorensen’s story.

Next time, finishing step 1 and starting step 2.

Progress Report – Ju 87G-1 Stuka and FW 190

I took these photos of the progress I have made since last week.

The workbench is a little untidy

It tells you about the progress I have made. First with the Stuka which has been painted dark green with 40 year-old Polly S acrylic paint.

The light blue jar of Polly S acrylic paint was unusable, but I used the light blue shade to mix a homemade light blue which looks fine on the FW 190.

I have used paintbrushes all the way since winter is closing in and I mainly want to get on with the next project…

The Dornier Do 335…