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Special Hobby SH72327
Dornier Do 27/Casa C-127 "German, Spanish and Belgian Service -- 1:72 Scale



Special Hobby has long produced kits of unique and distinctive subject matter that most manufacturers won’t touch.  They’ve done it again with their 1:72 scale new tool Do 27/CASA C-127 STOL light transport/utility aircraft.  A sample of the kit recently arrived on our review bench from the Czech Republic, so let’s take a look.

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Following the end of WWII, there was not a lot of work for military aircraft engineers in Germany, including for Claudius Dornier, Jr. - the son of famous WWII German aeronautical engineer.  The younger Mr. Dornier settled in Spain after the war and founded an aircraft production company in the 1950s right around about the time that the Spanish Air Ministry was considering their need for a short takeoff and landing (STOL) light transport and utility aircraft.  Their earlier Dornier Do 25 design was promising but never but into production.  The follow-on Do 27 design capitalized on the strengths of the Do 25 but also improved on its weaknesses.  Ultimately, the Do 27 was a winner and was accepted for production.  It featured a high-wing, fixed gear, tail-dragger configuration with great cockpit visibility and could seat four to six people in a wide and spacious cabin.  The airplane was powered by a 270 hp Lycoming GO-480-B1A6 6-cylinder piston engine.  The Do 27 cruises at around 115 knots and has a service ceiling of 10,800 feet.

The Do 27 first flew in Spain in late June 1955 and demonstrated outstanding short field performance – just as advertised.  It went into service the following year.  The production run was mostly based in Germany.  It was the first airplane mass-produced in Germany following the war, and over the ten-year production run, 628 airframes were manufactured.  Fifty Do 27s were manufactured in Spain by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) and were designated as the CASA-127.  The West German Air Force and Army operated 428 Do 27s.  Dozens of other nations around the world, from Israel to Lesotho, flew the plane as well.  The Do 27 found itself in combat serving as transports and spotter planes in places such as Guinea and the Suez Canal in the 1960s and 1970s – during the course of which the airplane demonstrated its vulnerability to Soviet-built SAMs.  While they are retired from military service in most places, it remains a popular civilian platform particularly with bush pilots.   

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Special Hobby’s 1:72 scale Do 27/C-127 kit is a new tool kit first released in 2018.  The 68 injection molded parts come on four medium grey sprues.  Seven clear parts come on one clear sprue, and five photoetched metal parts are provided on a single small fret.  The full color instruction booklet guides the build over 12 steps.  Cartograf printed the decals and markings are provided for three airplanes:

Strengths:  This is one sweet-looking kit that holds a LOT of promise.  Special Hobby’s production quality just keeps on getting better.  If you’re a fan of the airplane, you’ve got a treat here.  If not, opening the box and inspecting the parts on the sprues will peak your interest.  I’m a very serious “jet guy,” but this kit is enticing, if only for the fact that it is something different and very nicely made.  But of course, there’s more than that.

For 1:72 scale, it is objectively well detailed, indeed inside and out.  The kit features very smooth surface quality, relatively small pour gates attaching parts to the sprues, and great looking recessed panel lines (and a few appropriately raised features; but see below).  The clear parts are crystal clear and otherwise flawless.  Since this is an in-the-box review, I can’t evaluate the construction process, but I did snip off the fuselage and wings for a test fit and it fell together without any discernable fit problems or other issues.  The control surfaces are not separate parts with the exception of the rudder.  It’s locating pin has it going straight-in, but one can modify the part and position the rudder deflected if one wishes. 

It also looks like Special Hobby has a good handle on configuration differences between the different variants, such as the single versus dual controls seen in the Do 27A-1/C-127 and J-1, various antenna configurations, differing styles of main landing gear, and more.  These different build options are clearly marked in the instruction booklet.  The markings options are very well chosen, and the West German and Spanish options (that silver-over-light blue is eye-catching) are the most appealing, at least to me.  The Cartograf decals, which include even the finest maintenance stencils and instrument panel decals, appear outstanding.  You can’t go wrong with them.    

Weaknesses:  I cannot identify any truly meaningful shortcomings beyond the fact that some scale modelers will have the opinion that the recessed panel lines, especially on the wings, are probably out of scale – a bit too wide and a bit too deep.  Technically, I do not disagree with that opinion, but following a coat of primer, some paint, and your favorite recessed panel line treatment, they should look okay provided your eyes are at least six inches away.  Also, there are no seatbelts among the photoetched metal parts.  It would have been a nice touch.  

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Special Hobby’s 1:72 scale Do 27/CASA C-127 is a winner.  It’s surprisingly cool, and that’s all I have to say about that!  In this kit, you’ve got an interesting and unique subject.  It is very well made and comes with some appealing paint scheme options.  Taking note of the 10 or so parts that aren’t used in this version of the kit, it can be almost certain that scale modelers can look forward to more iterations and issues of Dornier’s post-war workhorse.

Sincere thanks are owed to Special Hobby for the review sample. You visit them on the web at http://www.specialhobby.info/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
Detail & Scale

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