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Mar 06, 2004, 08:39 AM
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Dornier Do-335 "Pfeil" Build

Just saw the "What kind of plane was that thread" and thought that some of you might be interested in the building of the Dornier Do-335 "Pfeil", also known as "Aardvark" or "Anteater". You either like or dislike the shape of this thing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Started a couple of months ago with plans by Ted Biggs for a twin Speed 400 electric. The original has a wingspan almost the same length as the fuselage. TFLG suggested a larger wingspan for a PSS plane, and since I don't know how to cut wings, I got a set of Patton ME-262 cores which are fairly close to what the Do-335 wing looks like. Version 4 of the Do-335 tested longer wingtips and this is the plane I settled on.
For those interested, there is an excellent book on the Do-335 by Marek Rys (Aircraft Monograph series #15) which is loaded with 3 views and color schemes.
First off I made the templates for the plane from the plans. Overall length is 39" and wingspan eventually came out at 52"
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Mar 06, 2004, 08:41 AM
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Both halves sawed out of EPP and the template station lines have been marked.
Mar 06, 2004, 08:43 AM
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Fuselage has been shaped using sandpaper and drywall sanding screens.
Mar 06, 2004, 08:44 AM
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Radio gear located and carbon tubes installed.
Mar 06, 2004, 08:47 AM
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Tail parts completed. Here I used the TFLG method of covering 2mm coroplast with 1/16" balsa. Since the bottom vertical fin will come in for some heavy abuse, I used basswood on the leading edge and tip.
Mar 06, 2004, 08:51 AM
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Bottom parting plate (I guess that is the term). 1/32 ply is used for both surfaces. Rare earth magnets will be placed in the cups on the fuselage. I then ended up using a steel disk in the large hole and another rare earth magnet in the aft hole. Since two magnets will line up by themselves this will ensure fore and aft alignment. Since the rear of the fuselage angles up steeply on the bottom I am hoping that the lower fin will easily separate on landing without damage. We'll see. At least this part can be easily duplicated and replaced.
Mar 06, 2004, 08:53 AM
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Wing glued to fuselage with fillets per Hellcatman's instructions. Don't know why I didn't carry them all the way forward. Brain fade. Needed to spend time filling this area in. Also attached balsa wingtips since I didn't want the ailerons all the way to the tip.
Mar 06, 2004, 08:56 AM
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This is where I am now. Tail in place, spackled, taped ready for covering. Have to get a few six packs first. Least favorite part of building but have to do this to get to the part I love - painting.
Mar 06, 2004, 09:32 AM
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REALY nice!!
Mar 06, 2004, 10:35 AM
David Cairns
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Cool !!! It is great to see unusual subjects being modled.
Mar 06, 2004, 10:55 AM
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Very Nice! Zee Germans Are Coming!

Mar 06, 2004, 12:15 PM
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Very nice job. Can't wait to see the finished product and hear the flight report. I guess I will have to find another plane to build, since you stole my idea, or maybe I'll just continue to be a follower.

Mar 06, 2004, 12:32 PM
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that hinged elevator just looks so....odd.

Cool build though!

Mar 06, 2004, 01:05 PM
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Thanks for the nice comments guys.

kodman - there are a number of variants to build. The ones below plus a night fighter and a piston/jet version for starters. Go for it!!

nwoods - the elevator does look "odd" but then the whole plane does. I mean, a round long nose for an inline engine?! It's an odd one for sure.

Mar 06, 2004, 01:49 PM
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I built an EPP Do 335 several years ago for combat. It flew great. 39" long with a span of 45". I am currently building a scratch-built fiberglass version (48"span). The wing, tails, and fuselage templates are finished. The fuse will be a lost-mold. Here's a couple of photos of my EPP Arrow:

Jeff Vosburg

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