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vppelt68

THE Ju 88 - Anton Marie

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I suppose you're all familiar with this striking artwork by Wiek Luijken for Osprey Publishing, which adorns the cover of their book of the Ju 88 Kampfgeschwadern in North Africa and the Med:

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It's nothing less than L1+AM, the long time ride of Joachim Helbig, the most famous aircraft of the most famous pilot/commander of the most famous bomber unit of the Luftwaffe south of the Alps. It's been said to log more than 750 combat flight hours and a total of more than 1000 flight hours, before getting destroyed on the ground due to aerial bombardment.

Enough "mosts". This plane is definitely good for a ship-killer. It's combat record against 8th Army should qualify her as a tank-buster too. Probably spent several hours recceing for targets too. But a nightfighter... definitely no.

I'm jealous for all you half-blind scale guys and the variety of pre-Jumo J engined Ju 88:s you're given by ICM. In the proper scale we have the very good Revell Jumo J- versions, but backdating them to A-5, D-2 and C-4 is practically impossible. So we have the Zvezda early A-4 kit, that is almost as difficult to backdate, and the out-of-the-box A-5/A-17 which is unfortunately getting very hard to find.

But! :yahoo:! I bought a Zvezda A-4 kit and got the surplus A-5 parts from a fellow Britmodeller's A-17 build, a very big thanks goes to @Mikemx!

So Zvezda A-4 kit + Zvezda A-5 parts + Eduard masks + Humbrol enamels + AIMS and Revell decals are my way to go. Can't wait to get started - though I have a Revell A-4 to finish before that in the Maritime Patrol GB. Good to have a deadline!

Best regards, V-P

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Hopefully the kit will be with you soon, I'd love to see the completed model!

 

thanks

Mike

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congratulations VP you're first off the block for this GB. Great choice as well, they were a real multirole aircraft, maybe not the very best in each class but they were very efficient in what they did.

 

You do know of course once you've finished her someone will release a proper model of what you're trying to build!

 

Good luck with the build, she's bound to be one to follow, look forward to seeing her in the gallery.

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Look what the postman brought yesterday! Short version with pics now, text later!

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A sturdy box with...

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...not just the kit A-4 parts, but also the A-5 parts left over from @Mikemx building his torpedo carrying A-17 variant. Thank you yet again!

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I'll be sampling the decals together from Aims, Airfix, Revell, Xtradecal and Zvezda pieces. V-P

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Are the masks for the markings or splinter camouflage ? Looking forward to seeing this one come together

 

Cheers

Alistair

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being that small they'd have to be for the canopy

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Alistair, they're just for the canopy like Rich said. I think I don't need a pre-cut Ju 88 splinter mask, and at least not with this build, which will have monocolor upper surfaces. I try to take some decent pics along the way, as Zvezda Ju 88 build logs appear to be rare at the interweb. V-P

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34 minutes ago, vppelt68 said:

Alistair, they're just for the canopy like Rich said. I think I don't need a pre-cut Ju 88 splinter mask, and at least not with this build, which will have monocolor upper surfaces. I try to take some decent pics along the way, as Zvezda Ju 88 build logs appear to be rare at the interweb. V-P

Ah the canopy ,forgot the greenhouse that the 88 comes with ,

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31 minutes ago, Mottlemaster said:

Ah the canopy ,forgot the greenhouse that the 88 comes with ,

Wat, such a small thing that it is? I built a Frog Ju 88 one year after I had returned to this hobby, and made the canopy mask with Scotch Magic tape and a hobby knife - I will cherish that memory a looong time!

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still having nightmares huh?

 

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Wow! That was certainly a hard-worked aircraft.

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Hello, I´ve worked on this kit on a few nights now, and so far I like it quite a lot. There´s nothing to actually show photos of yet, but I wanted to show you the surprise Zvezda had arranged re the instructions :rofl2:

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That is seriously confusing, but nothing a mirror can´t resolve! V-P

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Do you start at stage 14 and de-construct it . What paint stripper will you be useing to remove the paint .  Micro sol will get the decals off :banghead:

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so what, you get a complete model and have to disassemble it???

 

Now that is a bit different, I wonder if the sprue is an AM item???

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