My first encounter with the Dornier Do 335 was when I read Le Grand Cirque by Pierre Clostermann. I think it was at the end of my school year in 8th grade that I got the book as a gift.
Pierre Clostermann had his encounter with the Do 335, but he could not catch it with his Hawker Tempest.
I have read that book many times since the 1960s, and it is one of the reasons I have this passion for history and aviation.
I had built Monogram’s Do 335 before and, as usual, gave it away.
You never know when you give something how it will turn out. When I gave the Stuka Ju 87G-1 to a student in my history class, he brought it back and proudly showed me he had repainted it orange!
That should explain why I have a bit of nostalgia about that kit, and why I am building another one for my brother as a birthday gift…
I am sure my brother won’t repaint it.
Getting back to the Do 335, I always scan the instruction sheet when I start a new project. This way I have it on hand for reference and I can zoom closer on an image with my Samsung Tab E tablet.
As a footnote, a few years ago I found this on the Internet. It was written in 1950, two years after the first edition of Le Grand Cirque.