34" Dornier 335 "Arrow"

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34 inch Do-335 Arrow kit

$ 37.50

34 inch Do-335 Arrow kit with twin 24g Brushless Combo

$ 130.00

The Brushless Motor Combo is a $100.00 value! Save when you purchase with the kit. The motor combo includes: Two motors, Two ESCs with connectors, Two props, Two motor mounts, firewalls, and propsavers.

This is a hand-cut kit, and the package includes: the foam parts and other items you need to construct the airframe, including carbon-fiber reinforcements and our pull-pull control system. Very detailed instructions are provided on a CD included with the kit, along with German Luftwaffe markings and some other information. To complete the model as shown, you will need:

  • a receiver and four 9g micro-servos
  • two 24gm brushless motors
  • two ESCs (included in our motor combo pkg)
  • two 9x7 GWS 3-bladed props (included in our motor combo package)
  • hobby tools such as foam-safe paint, foam-safe CA and epoxy glue etc.
  • two 16-oz plastic sour cream cups to make the nose cowl (optional)
  • two 3-bladed GWS rubber spinners (not included)
The Rabid Models DO-335 is designed for two 24-gram motors (available in our motor combo)- and the 3-bladed 9x7 propeller is the correct scale size. It is a relatively simple kit, but due to it's unusual design and flight characteristics, we recommend it for the experienced modeler. You'll need a full-function radio with a flap control. The model is big, fast, INTIMIDATING - and it howls while it flies (probably due to the in-line motor configuration). It will accelerate going straight up. All-up weight is 14-15 ounces with a 1350mah 3-cell LiPo battery. There is something about this model that is difficult to explain - although it has the same motors as our large Mosquito, HE219, and Tigercat, for some reason the Do-335 seems much bigger and heavier while flying. When flying indoors with other foamies, it is like a shark in a goldfish pond. That's what it feels like.... but it's just a foamie!

We've been flying it for three years. The prototype has additional servos for flaps (to help slow it down for landing) and for the working twin rudders, which turned out to be very important. The video you see here shows the rather scary takeoff on it's maiden flight in 2007 - before we installed the working rudders. We hope to post a better (longer) video soon. Incidentally, the second cockpit may simply be cut off if you would rather build the sleek single-seat version of this airplane.

Historical Information

The Dornier company's twin-engined fighter-bomber was nicknamed the "Arrow" because of its cruciform tail. Dornier had several different variants planned, and probably could have been more successful producing them if it weren't for the usual political problems that Dornier had with the German high command. By the time the Luftwaffe decided they needed this plane, it was much too late. The Arrow was a very large airplane - a man could stand upright underneath the nose - and it weighed more than 25,000 pounds fully armed (twice the weight of a P51 Mustang). Despite it's large size and weight, it had a maxiumum speed of over 475 mph and has been called the fastest piston-engined fighter of WWII. It was also very heavily armed - the standard package was two 20mm cannon, two 15mm cannon, and a single 30mm cannon in the nose. The "bomber destroyer" B4 version (which the model in the picture represents) was to have two 20mm and three 30mm cannons. That would have been a complete nightmare to allied bombers - except that those bombers wiped out the Arrow's engine plant first. So in the end, only about 90 Arrows were actually produced and less than 40 were delivered to the Luftwaffe. Only a handful made it into combat and there are few reports about how it fared. Towards the end of the war in April 1945, a flight of RAF Tempests caught one completely by surprise and the Arrow simply turned and accelerated away.

The sole remaining aircraft in existence has a very interesting history. It was captured at the Dornier factory only 6 days after it was built (at the close of the war in April 1945) along with about ten others (including the 2-seat A-11 trainer) and these trophies were flight tested by the USA, Britian and France for a few years afterwards. Several crashed, others were scrapped - and this one sat languishing out-doors in Virginia until 1961 when it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. In 1975 that plane was sent back to Germany - to the very same Dornier factory where it was built in 1945 - and underwent a full restoration. Incredibly, many of the original Dornier production workers helped to restore this aircraft, which was then put on proud display in Germany until 1986. It was then returned to the USA and is currently on display at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy museum at Dulles Airport in Washington DC, along with the sole surviving AR234 jet bomber and the HE219 UHU.