Revell 1/72 Dornier Do 17 Z-10 ‘Kauz’

Designed during that pre-Second World War period when speed was the most important aspect of defence against an enemy fighter, the Dornier Do 17 as a light bomber was already nearing obsolescence at the beginning of the conflict. The early versions of the Do 17 were powered by Daimler-Benz and BMW inline engines while the later variants were powered by radials; the most prolific of them being the Bramo. Of the many sub-variants it was the Do 17Z which was the main, this machine seeing more action than all the other marks put together. Using the solid nose from a Ju 88C, the Do 17Z-7 Kauz I (Screech-Owl) was first of the breed to be converted into a night fighter. The Z-7 was armed with three 7.92mm MG17 machine guns and a single 20mm MG FF cannon in the nose. The next Do 17 modification was the Z-10 Kauz II which saw the solid nose transformed thanks to a Spanner-Anlage infra-red searchlight which was supported by the Spanner detector system. Once the infra-red searchlight was fired up, a display mounted in the cockpit showed up the target the light was pointing at. With regard to the armament this is where some confusion reigns (for me at least) in that the aircraft portrayed on the front of this Revell kit appears to missing a cannon. The standard armament was the same as the Z-7 while the Z-10 was fitted with a pair of 20mm cannon. Not a major problem unless you are a real purest, but I’m sure the majority of competent modellers should be able to scratch a new one.

A 2017 rebox, there is very little background information as to how this kit has been updated; if at all. If the family tree is anything to go by, this kit has its roots back in the late 1960s but rest assured that this certainly does not look like a moulding from that period. However, on closer inspection the sprues give away some information as they still have a ICM logo on them even though the Russian/Ukrainian-based manufacturer is better known for its 1/48 version of the Z-10. This is further endorsed by a label on the outside of the main sprue bag which is dual language and one of them is not German! I really do lose track of who Revell is in bed with half the time. Anyway, back to the kit.

The kit only contains four main sprues, one of which is clear parts, an A4-sized instruction booklet with 20 pages and a nice set of decals minus the little swastikas for the aircraft’s twin fins. The last four pages of the instruction booklet presents a nice array of colour schemes even though matt black is really the only way to go with this nightfighter. The main unit represented, which is also portrayed on the box art, is a machine from I./NJG2 of which only a handful of Z-10s served alongside the Z-7 during late 1940/1941 operating from Gilze-Rijen in the Netherlands. Classed as Level 4 in the Revell difficulty scale, this kit does not present any major challenges, the most complex sections being the engines and the undercarriage; the latter only when extended.  

Whatever and wherever the true background of this kit is, it is of a decent quality all round and for under £20 you get a lot of aircraft for your buck.  

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Product: Construction kit

Ref: 03933

Scale: 1/72

Parts: 157

Price: approx £16

Manufacturer: Revell