Dornier DO-335 Co-Build for Stacker & Morgan - RC Groups
Thread Tools
Aug 10, 2010, 09:49 AM
EB-66C Team Member
J Morgan's Avatar
Build Log

Dornier DO-335 Co-Build for Stacker & Morgan

Having completed Stacker's wonderful B-24, I talked him into a co-build with me on the last and fastest German WW II fighter, the Pfeil.
Dave is doing the plans, cowls, motor mounts, retracts, and whatever else I can talk him into.
I'm doing the fuse in fiberglass and the wings, hot wired and sheeted.
OK, so he's doing most of the work, I'm a lucky guy.
Size will be 1/11th scale, ws of about 50".
Don't know about Dave but I'm leaning toward the A Model version vs the B2 which had the huge cannon in the wings.
I used the hot wire to cut out sections from his plans for the fuse, glued together and then various sections added to round it out.
I'm doing this FG fuse as I usually do, in reverse order than others do it.
I make a plug and then glass over it, cut it off the plug and then glue the seam back together. This method basically transfers all the work on the tail end in that you have to sand a lot and finish the outside unlike making molds that would come out with a final finish. I like instant gratification and this gets me there quicker.
After the plug is shaped I harden it with epoxy, two coats. It doesn't have to be perfect because the glass will be laying over it and the finish is on the outside.
That's is where I am now, one coat of epoxy curing. Will sand later and add the second coat.

Last edited by J Morgan; Aug 11, 2010 at 05:40 AM.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Aug 10, 2010, 10:01 AM
Always Ready!
warhead_71's Avatar

I need to get on the hot-wire band-wagon instead of building-up everything from FFF.
Aug 10, 2010, 12:07 PM
In Unusual Attitude Recovery
MPP's Avatar
J and Stack,

This is going to be great. No choice on retracts so you better get lot's of practice on the B-24 . This is a great size. couple of Vario props might help with the push pull set up. Looking forward to watching this build.

Subbed in,

Aug 10, 2010, 02:05 PM
EB-66C Team Member
J Morgan's Avatar
Try it, always good to expand your horizons.

Yep, have to case on the retracts here. Stacker is also doing the power system workup and I think we're using the Parkzone 3 bladers from their Me-109G. The motors are BC-3536/9 910kv from RC Timer. Dave can correct me if I'm wrong.

I got an early start on you guys, started about a week ago. My lovely assistant( read that also as wife) and I cut the wing cores the other day and I've just finished trimming and sanding the wings after sheeting. They came out nice. She is really getting the hang of it! I put 3 degrees of washout in them, nothing like washout to tame the savage beast.
My process in skinning is a little different than most. I get new sheets in, don't trim for straight edges( use the factory edge) tape them together tightly and use Gorrilla Glue( skim coat) to adhere them. I don't sand the balsa skins or the hot wire cut cores. I feel the slightly rougher surfaces help the glue adhere the skins.Fast and easy. Don't try this with regular masking tape, it can stick too hard and actually tear the balsa when you take it off. And yes I know because I've done it. I like the 3M low tack blue painter's tape. It's the real smooth tape, not the blue with the lizard like skin on the outside.
Here's how I did it. The wings are sheeted with 1/16" contest balsa and will sand beautifully before I glass them.

Aug 10, 2010, 07:37 PM
Registered User
Waltjg's Avatar
I'm In!! This is gona be a great build! Yes John, you have the jump on it again... I am going to move to either your way of doing the fuse or to the bulkhead and skin method, the current build I'm on I think will be the last box build unless I want something quick and dirty. PINK FOAM!!!! very cool!!!!! I can't get that down here, it is all just the boring blue here,,, guess not enough folks around that like pink to warrent carrying it in stock! w.
Aug 10, 2010, 07:42 PM
Pro Hoarder
turbonut's Avatar
Jumpin in with this one...Love the Arrow!...
Aug 10, 2010, 08:03 PM
Two left thumbs
While not much of a warbird fan, I'll sign on to learn some building techniques - and I must admit, the Pfeil IS a neat bird!

BTW, I hope you don't have any loose dogs out marking territory while your spackle dries. ;-)

Aug 10, 2010, 08:35 PM
Registered User
stacker's Avatar
Looks super John! Bet that fuse will scare away the birds also ;-)

Prop and power system are the same as the HE219 I've been building. Props are the ones used on the Parkzone ME109. Hope to have the 219 finished for Vegas so we can show them together as they are the same 1/11th scale.

If the Do335 works out there is a rumor of a ME410 down the road.

Keep hammering away J.

Aug 10, 2010, 08:57 PM
Oh no, not again!
jhspring's Avatar
Gawd, the two of you teamed up boggles the imagination. You're going to be cranking out planes like Willow Run before you're through. Love watching you guys work. This will be fun.

Aug 10, 2010, 09:27 PM
Master of the figure 9
Old Man's Avatar
Aug 10, 2010, 09:32 PM
EB-66C Team Member
J Morgan's Avatar
Hey guys, thanks for the nice comments.
I found a few pics I had forgotten to post. The wing was cut in two sections for each wing. Much easier that way and we, the Mrs ( aka Mrs CNC) and me got really nice cuts. Then I glued the saddles and wing cores together.
I have also formed the rudders and stabs. I used two layer of 9mm Depron for them. I just finished installing the tips and sanding the airfoil shape into them today but didn't load that pic.
I also got the aileron position cut into the wing and the ail wire channel bored in. So they are now ready to cut the ailerons out of.

Aug 11, 2010, 08:48 AM
EB-66C Team Member
J Morgan's Avatar
The plug is ready and has three coats of wax. I think I will give it one more and then spray on a coat of PVA before glassing. Hopefully will be glassing tomorrow.
The rudders and stabs are shaped and spackled. They will be ready for glass soon. I inserted a piece of 1/2" balsa on the hinge lines. When I cut the control surfaces off this will give me a 1/4" LE for the control surface and 1/4" for the hinge surface.
I used my hi tech tools to cut the channel for the aileron wires. A sharpened section of old antenna aluminum and then a dowel with sanding paper to enlarge the hole.
Next up will be LE & TE on the wings before I can make the ailerons and flaps.

Aug 11, 2010, 11:27 AM
Registered User
Waltjg's Avatar
Man, looking good!!, and your so fast! Did you go to bed last night?????? Liked the idea about the 1/2" stock in the stabs and fin so when you cut the flying surfaces that will be already there! cool trick John! Well, gotta get at that darn grass out there, then I might be able to work on mine just abit... w.
Aug 11, 2010, 09:09 PM
Registered User
Very cool John Took me awhile to tell the fuselage was underside up
Great job on the hot wire fuselage sections.

Aug 11, 2010, 11:35 PM
Pro Hoarder
turbonut's Avatar
hey John if the fuse plug servives pulling the fiberglass skin off send me the plug and I will make a ral mold off it!..

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Contest Scratch Build Off 3 - Dornier Do 335 Pfeil michaelghammer Scale Kit/Scratch Built 244 Jan 25, 2012 07:50 AM
For Sale Dornier DO-335 Arrow Custom ARF rcdude01 Aircraft - Electric - Airplanes (FS/W) 4 Aug 17, 2010 08:14 PM
Sold Dornier DO-335 Arrow Custom RTF rcdude01 Aircraft - Electric - Airplanes (FS/W) 4 May 31, 2010 09:41 PM
Sold Dornier DO-335 Arrow Custom RTF rcdude01 Aircraft - Electric - Airplanes (FS/W) 2 May 23, 2010 11:15 PM
Dornier Do-335 "Pfeil" Build jcarstan Slope 52 Jan 23, 2006 04:06 PM