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Italieri Ju87 D-5


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I thought I would share with everyone my latest build, Italieri's 1/48 scale Ju 87D-5. This kit is not without its problems, and to fix all of them is probably beyond my skill level, so I chose fix some and as long as it looked like a Stuka I would not worry about the rest. It was also an excuse to add a few extras that I had been wanting to do such as exposing the engine, gun bays and undercarriage using some of the aftermarket bits I had been hording for a while. The engine turned out to be a bit more effort than I expected, this was a modified Aries unit with the kit oil cooler shortened to suit. Firewall and engine bearers were from another set and were modified and detailed to get the engine to sit level and closer to the firewall. With every build there is always one cock-up and this was no exception. After taking care to paint the internal and external frames on the canopy properly I managed to miss this on the front sliding section and paint them all as external. Oh well, it's an excuse to build another and try to get it right next time!

 

The model was finished with Vallejo paints and weathered with a clay wash and oils. This is something I need mode practice with as I don't think the oils came out too well but, every model is a learning experience!

The cluster bomb on the centre line came with the kit but the wing mounted gun pods were from the Italieri weapons set. I'm not sure how accurate this load-out would be but I have been wanting to use the gun pods on a Stuka for ages and this was the time. 

 

Enough waffle, here are the pictures. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment/criticise.

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A really good outcome on this build, and nice to see an alternative weapons option on the wing racks... the MG pods aren't often seen on these Ju87 models.  I also like the 'de-spatted' wheels, showing the undercarriage in more detail, and of course, the engine as well.

 

All in all, excellent work; very well done... ;-).

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18 hours ago, Dr. Quack said:

Lovely job. 

The chipping around the cockpit and gun bay panels is very fine and convincing- what's your secret??

 

Admiring Quack.

Nothing special, just done lightly with a fine brush.

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