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  1. Trumpeter is to release a 1/24th Junkers Ju-87A Stuka kit - ref. 02420 A test build was on display at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2016. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/INTERALLIED/photos/pcb.1577157062310657/1577157032310660/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.666914713467125/666914590133804/?type=3&theater Kit ref. number 02420 was originally announced as a 1/24th Ju-87D-3 in the Trumpeter's catalog 2016-2017. (http://scalemodels.ru/modules/news/img_9587_1449140881_2.jpg.html) V.P.
  2. Junkers Ju-87G-2 Stuka Trumpeter 1:32 History Even before the Battle of Stalingrad, German concern about the large quantity of Soviet mobile armour on the Eastern Front during 1942 resulted in the formation of an experimental air-to-ground anti-tank unit. Tests showed that arming the Junkers Ju87 Stuka with a 37mm cannon under each wing promised the optimal tank-busting weapon. This Ju87 variant was designated the Junkers Ju87G Kanonenvogel (cannon-bird). The Ju87G-2 was developed from the long-wing Ju87D-5 Stuka dive bomber. It was a rugged design powered by a single Junkers Jumo 211J-1 twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. The type displayed outstanding qualities as a tool for precision ground attack. However, in the air the Ju87G-2 was both cumbersome and slow. Defensive armament was limited to 7.9 mm Mauser MG 81Z twin-mounted machine guns at the rear of the large glasshouse canopy. A total of 174 G-2s were built before production of all Ju 87 variants ceased in October 1944. The Ju87G began its career in February 1943 in the battles for the Kuban peninsula in Southern Russia. It was at this time that Oberstleutnant Hans-Ulrich Rudel began tank-busting operations, having recently become the first Luftwaffe pilot to fly 1000 operational missions. Later, in July 1943, Rudel took part in the epic tank battle for the Kursk salient. More than 350 Ju87's participated in these operations, including a handful of production Ju87Gs. Rudel went on to fly no fewer than 2,530 sorties and notched up a total of 2,000 targets destroyed; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, a destroyer, 2 cruisers, the Soviet battleship Marat, 70 landing craft, 4 armoured trains, several bridges and 9 aircraft. Given the shortcomings of the Ju87G in terms of its speed, agility and defensive capability this speaks volumes for the piloting skills of Rudel himself and the marksmanship of his rear gunners. Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most decorated serviceman of all the fighting arms of the German forces. He was the only recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Unswervingly dedicated to waging war against the enemies of the Third Reich, Rudel continued in active service following injuries sustained in February 1945 that resulted in a leg amputation. Such was his prowess and notoriety, that the Soviets placed a significant bounty on his head. Wisely deciding to evade capture at Russian hands, in a final act Rudel led three Ju87s and four Focke-Wulf FW 190s westward from Bohemia. He surrendered to U.S. forces, on 8 May 1945. The Model This is probably my favourite variant of the Stuka, what with the rakish lines of the canopy and the huge cannon in their winged pods, it just looks the business. So, it was with great news on hearing that Trumpeter where going to release one. The kit comes in one of Trumpeters standard top opening boxes with a very attractive piece of artwork on the front showing the aircraft in action over the Eastern Front. Inside there are fourteen sprues of medium grey styrene, two of clear, two small sheets of etched brass, three rubber tyres and the decal sheet. All the parts are well moulded with no sign of flash or other imperfections and only a few moulding pips, so cleaning up should be nice and easy once the parts are removed from the sprues. The kit comes with lots of lovely detail along with options for various weapons loads to be fitted in addition to the cannon pods. Construction begins with the assembly of the Junkers Jumo engine. This consists of the three piece engine block to which the sump, crankcase, propshaft, rocker covers, oil tank, exhaust and intake manifolds, coolant tank and the four part fuel unit. The rear of the engine is fitted with the auxiliary pack with ancillaries such as the generators, pulleys, fuel pump and turbo intake. Once the exhaust plates have been added the two engine bearers can be fitted. The completed engine is then attached to the firewall, along with four other fittings before the two halves of the cowling are fitted around the engine with the large radiator sandwiched between them. Since there are no loose panels you will see very little, if anything of the completed engine unless the modeller carries out a bit of surgery, which is a bit of a shame as it looks very nice. The front fuselage is completed with the addition of the radiator grille, exhausts and propeller, which is made up of the backplate, three separate blades, hub and spinner. This section can now be places to one side as construction moves to the cockpit. The nicely detailed cockpit consists of a single piece floor to which the pilots seat, (made up of three parts, six if you include the headrest and armour), gunners seat, (made up of three base supports and the seat itself), are fitted. The radio sets are fitted to the mid mounted dwarf bulkhead and fitted just forward of the gunners seat. Beneath the bulkhead mounted radios another set, made up from two parts is glued to the floor. Additional parts, such as the rudder bar, joystick, two oxygen regulators and the rear gun mount, with its two ammunition tanks, are also fitted. The cockpit sidewalls are fitted out with various control boxes, throttle quadrant and trim wheels before being glued to the cockpit floor, producing a nice sturdy tub. The completed cockpit is then sandwiched between the two fuselage halves, followed by the fitting of the rear cockpit panel, complete with clear circular cover and the pilots coaming, with added instrument panel and crash bar. At this point the horizontal tailplanes are fitted, along with the elevators, associated control horns and the end caps, followed by the rudder with separate tail light. The construction of the wings begins with the assembly of the centre section. The centre panel is fitted with the lower viewing tunnel with clear parts at each end, followed by the front and rear spars, and completed with the two upper panels. Each outer wing panel is fitted with a machine gun bay. Each bay consists of four parts into which the three part machine gun, complete with ammunition feed, is mounted and covered with the optionally posed door. Before gluing the upper and lower wing halves together, ensure you have opened the correct holes for the weapons option you have chosen. With the wings closed up they are finished off with the separate wing tips and navigation lights. At this point, the instructions call for the fitting of the cockpit windscreen and canopies. There is a choice of windscreen and pilots canopy depending on the model being built, along with a couple of panels that can be posed open or closed on the sliding section. The windscreen, no matter which type is fitted with two grab handles, a clinometer and aiming bar. The rearmost canopy is fitted with the twin machine gun mount, which comes with separate barrels and a two part hanger mechanism. The wing centre section is then glued to the fuselage, before being fitted with the two outer wing panels, followed by the front fuselage/engine section. On the undersides of the wings the prominent flaps are fitted to the trailing along with the actuator rods. There is no option to display them in drooped, unless surgery is carried out. Whilst the model is upside down the two radiators are glued into position along with their covers. The main undercarriage is also attached, each made up of a two part wheel, two part oleo all sandwiched between the two halves of the spats. The tailwheel comes as a four part sub-assembly, including the two part wheel, the oleo and yoke half. Now it’s on to the weaponry build. The main 37mm cannon are used in all options and consist of six part mount, including separate crutches, to which the cannon fairing is attached, followed by the barrel. Each of the two “wings” are made up from folded PE, which are then glued to the fairing sides. Each wing has two blocks of shells slid into them, although since you won’t be able to see much of them you could just display them separately. The completed cannon are then glued into position just outboard of the wheel spats. The other weapons included in the kit are the centre mounted 500kg bomb, made up form two halves with two parts to complete the fins, plus the separate fin cross members and the bomb cradle/swing arm. The mountings are the same for the twin 50kg bombs, (each bomb comes as four parts and can be fitted with optional fuse extenders), drop tanks, Each from two halves, four mounting bolts and a PE strap), or what I can only describe as a six barrelled machine gun pod, (with four parts to each pod, plus three twin barrels. There is also the option of mounting two sets of five smaller bombs all mounted on a single cradle, making up what could be construed as a cluster bomb. I wish Trumpeter would label what things were. With the various weapons loaded the build is complete. Decals The single decal sheet provides options for two aircraft, and comes complete with stencils for one. The decals are very nicely printed, with good colour density, in register and with very little in the way of carrier film, and what there is, is very thin. The Balkenkreuz do appear to have a bit of mottling on them as if they had stuck slightly to something. I would have thought that once on and covered in gloss/matt varnish this will disappear. The swastikas are each cut in half at the centre, and should cause too many problems when positioning them. The two aircraft options are:- Junkers Ju-87G-2, Stab/SG 2 <-+-, W.Nr. 484110 Junkers Ju-87G-2, Stab/SG 2 <-+-, W.Nr. 494193 Conclusion As I said above, this has to be my favourite version of the Ju-87, with perhaps the slightly odd looking Ju-87A being a close second. The kit does come with quite a lot of detail, and should build nicely straight out of the box, but there is quite a bit of room, particularly in the cockpit to add more, so it should appeal to those who like to take to the next level. It’s a bit of shame to have a well detailed engine covered up and not even have the option to show it off, but I’m sure the aftermarket companies will be all over this soon. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  3. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    “GERDA”

    Hello everyone I present my stuka from the STGB. I used the old Monogram 1/48th kit repop from Revell. It represents a Stuka from Nachtschlactgruppen #9 based in Italy from March of 1944 to the end of the war. The name “Gerda” is fictitious its just there to represent the young pilots wife or sweetheart. Here is a link to the WIP. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037785-its-a-bent-winged-bird-just-not-a-corsair/ Without further talk I present “Gerda.” Some closeups of the I.P. & gunsight. The exhaust detail. The S.D.-2 bomblets, there are 96 bomblets represented with 88 wires total. I hope “Gerda” meets with your approval. And as usual questions, comments, or jokes ? Dennis
  4. Hello everybody im going to stick my toe in the MTO with a night harassment Stuka. Im going to build a JU-87D from Nachtschlachtgruppe 9 in Italy in the fall of 1944. I will use the old Revellogram Ju-87G kit wit some appropriate mod’s. I also plan on kitbashing a bit to busy up the really poor cockpit. Since these didnt operate the 37 MM anti-tank guns of the G i have to scratchbuild the dive-brakes and outer wing bomb racks. So i may be biting off more than i can handle but am going to try to do all of this. I will post photos of the kit and parts when i get to my office later today. Dennis
  5. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    German aircraft paint primer ?

    Hello a quick question anyone know if the Luftwaffe had their aircraft painted with a primer before the camouflage colors ? More Specifically Junkers aicraft ? Dennis
  6. Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/exclusive-new-2016-announcement-airfix-at-ipms-telford/ V.P.
  7. Hi everybody, This is the latest addition to my collection. It's Airfix's 1/48 Ju-87 old mould. This was a pleasant and relatively trouble-free construction (bar the few rivets lost during sanding that I had to remake). Simple and straightforward, this is a kit I appreciated a lot, and I would choose it again, even over newer productions. It's almost OOP, the only things I added were Eduard belts, and micro-tube for the canons. Painted it with Gunze Mr.Color paints, a charm to spray. Being a fan of small air forces, I chose to dress it with the colours of Royal Bulgarian Air force; for this I used the relevant Kora decals. Hope you like it Dimitris
  8. Airfix is to release in 2015 a new tool 1/72nd Junkers Ju-87B-1 Stuka - ref.A03087 Expected December 2015. Source: http://www.airfix.com/catalog/product/view/id/8394/category/15/ V.P.
  9. Unless you're a WWII refugee – what's not to love about the good old Stuka? I'm also fascinated with size of the cannons that the Luftwaffe squeezed onto some of their aircraft. Put the two together and you get a Ju-87 G-2! I was impressed with the detail on this kit, so I thought I would see how good it was out of the box. Then I did a bit of research (my research is an hour or so on Google images) and noticed some areas for improvement. Although the engine is very nicely detailed, a lot of pipe-work is missing. I found quite a few images of the G-2 engine, but they all varied quite a bit, as a result the pipes I've added are more to make the engine look 'busy' rather than be 100% accurate, so don't use mine as a guide. The other alteration I made was to the cannon. I can't bring myself to pay half the kit price, for a couple of small resin parts, maybe that might change if a rich aunt dies, or money started growing on our trees (unfortunately, I haven't got a rich aunt and the puppy eats EVERYTHING in the garden, including trees). The internet seems full of modellers saying that after-market cannon are a necessity, but I thought I would see what I could do with the kit parts. This is the most trouble I have ever taken over painting any model (don't laugh). I noticed that the aircraft models I particularly like, have faded paint schemes, so I tried experimenting with a lighter undercoat to each of the camo colours. I even mixed all the camo colours to get it reasonably accurate – although I deliberately mixed them slightly lighter than they should be. I'm reasonably happy with the end result (always room for improvement), although I must have used a weeks pocket-money in masking tape. All the German crosses are painted, using home-made stencils. I can see why people buy stencils, wow they are a pain to do, it cost me about two hours and another truck-load of masking tape. As the kit doesn't supply swastikas (Illegal in Italy apparently), I did consider masking those as well, but I'm not entirely deranged, so I didn't. As I have been known to do the odd Luftwaffe subject in the past, fortunately I had some that had been left over from a previous build. Incidentally, you may be seeing more of the base as it isn't intended to have a Stuka planted on it for all time, I'm made it to use as a photo prop to relieve the monotony of the all black background. It is supposed to represent a planked parking area and is currently a work in progress (I would be grateful if you have any suggestions how I could improve it). My wife's opinion was “It looked nicer before you put the brown stuff on”! I had to explain that 'nice' wasn't the look I was going for.
  10. Hello All, Here is my completed old Revell 1/32 Ju-87 kit completed in the Hungarian Air Force paint scheme. The number B.601 plane was received from Germany (together with B.602) as a test and training samples, the original plan was to purchase the building licence of the Ju-87 plane. The correct version of the delivered plane is the "K-2" which denotes the export version of the original "B-2". My assumption is that the planes was received in the early German RLM 61 / 62 / 63 / 65 paint scheme, but I only have black & white photos available for reference. (There is still a huge debate on the colors / shades of the HuAF planes nowdays in Hungary...) For the paint scheme, I used Vallejo acrylic colors. The HuAF insignia is spray painted and the side number is a custom printed decal. The plane B.601 itself have a rather interesting story as well... In August 1940 near Börgönd airfield - Hungary during a training flight around 7500m altitude the pilot lost consciousness due to the fault in the oxygen supply system. The plane went into a uncontrolled dive and in the mean time the radio operator bailed from the plane. Unfortunately his parachute shattered due to the high speed and possibly collided with the vertical stabilizer (see the picture below) and died instantly. About 2200m altitude the pilot gained consciousness again and landed the plane safely. Here are some pictures from the finished model. Thanks for any improvement comments. Roland
  11. After the 1/32nd - ref. 03213 - Junkers Ju-87A - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234960465-132-junker-ju-87a-stuka-by-trumpeter-released/ - ref. 03215 - Junkers Ju-87B-2/U4 - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944403-132-junkers-ju-87b-2u4-stuka-by-trumpeter-released/, - ref. 03218 - Junkers Ju-87G-2 - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234977636-132-junkers-ju-87g-2-stuka-new-variant-by-trumpeter-released/ Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Junkers Ju-87D Stuka - ref.03217. Release is expected late December 2015 Source: http://www.trumpeter.cn/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=61&l=en Box art V.P.
  12. Zvezda is to release in 2015 a 1/72nd Junkers Ju-87B2 Stuka kit - ref.7306 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8359-katalog-zvezda-2015.html V.P.
  13. After the Ju-87B-2/U4 - ref. 03215 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944403-132-junkers-ju-87b-2u4-stuka-by-trumpeter-released/) and the Ju-87A - ref.03213 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234960465-132-junker-ju-87a-stuka-by-trumpeter-released/) Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Junkers Ju-87G-2 Stuka kit in late April 2015 - ref.03218 Source: http://trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=42&l=en Box art V.P.
  14. One of the airfix black friday deals Junkers JU-87 Stuka.
  15. After its 1/32nd Junkers Ju-87B-2/U4 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944403-132nd-junkers-ju-87b-2u4-stuka-by-trumpeter-released/?hl=stuka), Trumpeter is to release the Ju-87A version from the Stuka - ref.03213. Release expected late July or August 2014 Source: http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=16786 The box art V.P.
  16. Junkers Ju-87G-2 Stuka "Rudel" 1:48 Hasegawa History Even before the Battle of Stalingrad, German concern about the large quantity of Soviet mobile armour on the Eastern Front during 1942 resulted in the formation of an experimental air-to-ground anti-tank unit. Tests showed that arming the Junkers Ju87 Stuka with a 37mm cannon under each wing promised the optimal tank-busting weapon. This Ju87 variant was designated the Junkers Ju87G Kanonenvogel (cannon-bird). The Ju87G-2 was developed from the long-wing Ju87D-5 Stuka dive bomber. It was a rugged design powered by a single Junkers Jumo 211J-1 twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. The type displayed outstanding qualities as a tool for precision ground attack. However, in the air the Ju87G-2 was both cumbersome and slow. Defensive armament was limited to 7.9 mm Mauser MG 81Z twin-mounted machine guns at the rear of the large glasshouse canopy. A total of 174 G-2s were built before production of all Ju 87 variants ceased in October 1944. The Ju87G began its career in February 1943 in the battles for the Kuban peninsula in Southern Russia. It was at this time that Oberstleutnant Hans-Ulrich Rudel began tank-busting operations, having recently become the first Luftwaffe pilot to fly 1000 operational missions. Later, in July 1943, Rudel took part in the epic tank battle for the Kursk salient. More than 350 Ju87's participated in these operations, including a handful of production Ju87Gs. Rudel went on to fly no fewer than 2,530 sorties and notched up a total of 2,000 targets destroyed; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, a destroyer, 2 cruisers, the Soviet battleship Marat, 70 landing craft, 4 armoured trains, several bridges and 9 aircraft. Given the shortcomings of the Ju87G in terms of its speed, agility and defensive capability this speaks volumes for the piloting skills of Rudel himself and the marksmanship of his rear gunners. Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most decorated serviceman of all the fighting arms of the German forces. He was the only recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Unswervingly dedicated to waging war against the enemies of the Third Reich, Rudel continued in active service following injuries sustained in February 1945 that resulted in a leg amputation. Such was his prowess and notoriety, that the Soviets placed a significant bounty on his head. Wisely deciding to evade capture at Russian hands, in a final act Rudel led three Ju87s and four Focke-Wulf FW 190s westward from Bohemia. He surrendered to U.S. forces, on 8 May 1945. The Model This kit was originally released in 1998 with new parts added to the new tool dating back to 1991. That said, the moulds are obviously wearing well as there is no sign of flash or imperfections, just a number of moulding pips. Detail is finely done with engraved and raised details as required. Construction looks to be pretty straightforward and there doesn’t appear to be any noticeable pitfalls in the build, which if it’s to their usual standard will be a breeze. Construction begins with the two place cockpit, which consists of the pilots’ seat, joystick, centre bulkhead, radio stack, gunners’ seat machine gun mount base, machine gun mount and the twin machine gun itself. The details are quite sparse and could do with the addition of seatbelts at the very least. Each side wall is fitted to their respective fuselage sides before fitting the cockpit assembly and the fuselage being closed up. The engine/front fuselage is made up of two halves, the radiator tub, radiator, and two sets of exhaust stubs. The propeller is, which is assembled from the backplate, three separate blades poly cap holder, poly cap and spinner. This is the then fitted to the engine assembly. The upper coaming and lower fuselage panels are then fitted, followed by the rear fuselage panel, containing separate circular access panel. The wing is then assembled using the single piece lower wing section and the two upper wings, ensuring that the modeller has drilled the correct holes out for the fitting of the gun pods. The flaps and ailerons are moulded integrally, whilst making for a simpler build it would have been nice to have the ability to position them as per the modellers’ wishes. The wing, engine assembly and the two horizontal tailplanes are assembled to the fuselage, in addition to the tailplane end plates and port wing landing light cover. Next up, the two main undercarriage units are constructed, each consisting of the halves for the spats and for the separate the wheels. With the model on its back the undercarriage mounts are fitted, as are the underwing radiator covers, mass balances, pitot probe, and tailplane struts. The 37mm anti-tank guns are made up of two halves, one of which is moulded with the gun barrel. With these put together the two aerodynamic fins are added to each side of the rear pod, whilst the front and rear mounting supports are fitted to the top of each weapon. Are then fitted in to the pre drilled holes in the lower wing. Once the tailwheel has been attached the model can be turned over and the four piece windscreen and canopy can be fitted, with the rear cockpits sliding section attached to its two mounting plates and the aerial mast fitted to the fixed centre section. Decals The decals, printed onto a medium sized sheet look to be well printed, with little sign of carrier film with the exception of the outline crosses and a couple of access panel stencils. The register is good and they appear nicely opaque, including the yellow and white markings. The sheet provides markings for two of Rudel’s’ aircraft one stating it’s from Hungary 1945, which I think is a typo and should really be 1944 as it states he was an Oberleutenant. The other is from his time as Oberst JG2 in Germany May 1945. Swastikas are provided, and, much like the Fw-190 reviewed earlier this year it appears they have been positioned on the sheet in such a way as to be easily removable for the German market. Rudel's Ju87G-2 Kanonenvogel of Schlachtgeschwader 2 (SG 2) "Immelmann" Werk-Nr. 494193 wore standard splinter camouflage of RLM 70/71 black green/dark green on its upper surfaces with RLM 65 light blue undersides. The crosses and swastika were painted in the simplified fashion of the last months of the war. The yellow fuselage band provided a means for rapid identification of Axis machines on the Eastern Front. The tactical yellow "V" marking under the port wing was introduced on aircraft operating over the Hungarian sector and is indicative of Luftflotte 4 machines. The commodore's chevron and bars were painted black with a white border. Conclusion This is yet another welcome re-release and makes for an interesting subject through the pilots impressive war record. The model is a bit simplified when compared to more modern releases, but it has stood the test of time and should be an easy and stress free build. The inclusion of seat belts and perhaps other sundry items could make the cockpit more interesting especially as the canopy is large and clear. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  17. Source: http://old1.trumpeter-china.com/a/en/news/20130808/2476.html 1/32nd Junkers Ju-87B-2/U4 Stuka announced for November by Trumpeter - ref. 03215. V.P.
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