1:144 Scale Diecast Metal – Dornier Do 17 German Bomber – Length: 4.25" Rotorspan: 5”
This Do 17 model does not include pilots/crew figures. The cockpit can not open. The landing gear is nicely detailed and is fixed in the extended position. A stand where the model can be attached for display is included.
This scale (1/144) is very small so be advised that the model is only about 4 inches long and 5 inches wide.
The maker of the model, Amercom, really did a good job with the model. The panel lines and details are very clear and crisp.What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring are done. The green camo scheme is done quite accurately and the different guns and antennas make the model look very realistic.
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.
Keep in mind that these are really not toys, they are models made for collecting and display purposes. Helicopter models will definitely not last long if played with. The packaging is labeled as Not Suitable for children under 14 years old.
The Dornier Do 17, sometimes referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift ("flying pencil"), was a World War II Germanlight bomber produced by Claudius Dornier's company, Dornier Flugzeugwerke. It was designed as a Schnellbomber("fast bomber"), a light bomber which, in theory, would be so fast that it could outrun defending fighter aircraft.
The Dornier was designed with two engines mounted on a "shoulder wing" structure and possessed a twin tail finconfiguration. The type was popular among its crews due to its handling, especially at low altitude, which made the Do 17 harder to hit than other German bombers.
Designed in the early 1930s, it was one of the three main Luftwaffe bomber types used in the first three years of the war. The Do 17 made its combat debut in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, operating in the Condor Legion in various roles. Along with the Heinkel He 111 it was the main bomber type of the German air arm in 1939–1940. The Dornier was used throughout the early war, and saw action in significant numbers in every major campaign theatre as a front line aircraft until the end of 1941, when its effectiveness and usage was curtailed as its bomb load and range were limited.