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Hi all, I thought I'd post some photos of my 1/32 Trumpeter Ju 87A, done in Condor Legion colours. The markings are custom masks, as is the emblem on the spat. The model was built with Eduard extras, and the paints are from MRP (Mr Paint, Slovakia). In all, a trouble-free project. I modded the cowl to correct a couple of anomalies but didn't bother with the lower spat shape. I could live with that. This model and build article are in the latest edition of Military Illustrated Modeller, which should be in the shops right now.
Kagero Monographs 3D edition #54 (3054) Junkers Ju 87 D/G (Vol. I) Publisher: Kagero Written by: Marek J. Murawski, Marek Ryś Available here from Kagero for € 20,65 Introduction Kagero has become by far my most favorite publisher with their steady stream of 3D rendered supporting images in their publications. What we have here is the Monographs (a term indicating the description of a single subject) 3D edition covering the Ju 87 D and G variants. The second volume is also available which takes a closer look at the history of the final production ‘Dora’ versions. Actually when you buy the first volume, I recommend buying the second volume too, because the 3D rendered detailed areas of the Ju 87 are complimentary. Volume one covering the canopy, gear and external details. Volume 2 (#3055) covering cockpit (seat, gunsight) etc… Back to volume 1. This book covers the design of the Stuka, development, combat operations of the late types and offers a few biographies of crewmen. Details from the Kagero website: • 112 pages • painting schemes • 110 archive photos • 77 renders • 4 A4 sheet of scale drawings • format (sizes): (210x295 mm) • matte coated paper • soft cover binding Let’s walk through the book: Junkers Ju 87 ‘Dora’ What I can’t stand as a modeler is buying a book on a certain plane and begin hassled with the total history and development of that plane. I’m only interested in the exact type I’m planning on building. So it’s a relief to see this book starting the the development of the Ju 87 ‘Dora’. I explains the differences the D-version offered and shows pictures of these differences. Different armament, oil radiator, engine, etc… Close-up photographs show us the details of the D-1, D-3 and D-5 versions, varying from gun pod, cockpit and radio set-up. The Dora chapter ends with a couple of experimental versions. Ranging from the wing fitted personnel pods to the torpedo carrying V25 version. Junkers Ju 87 ‘Gustav’ On with the G-version developed with learnings from the Russian campaign. The most significant demand being smaller fragmentation bombs and the mounting of the 37mm BK 3,7 cannon. The latter giving the Ju 87 G the nickname ‘Kanonenvogel’. The eastern front 1942 – 1945 The next chapters deals with the theatres the Ju 87 D and G operated in. The eastern front chapter gives the modeler some great reference photographs of white washed winter scheme Stuka’s alongside a description of it’s service at the eastern front. Africa and the Mediterranean Despite the eastern front drawing the Stuka capacity away from the African and Mediterranian theater the dive bombing efforts of the remaining units became infamous among the British forces. This becomes apparent in the eye witness reports written in this chapter. Tank cracker and night assault aircraft The first Ju 87G-1’s with the 37mm canon pods were used against Russian boats behind German lines. After these successes the Stuka’s try their canons against Russian armour. This also proves to be successful and causes the pilots to become low level flying enthusiastic hunters. In foreign service This chapter deals with the service of the Ju 87 in foreign colors. Some good inspiration to model your Stuka in something other than the usual balkenkreuzen. Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy all had their Stuka units. But what I didn’t know some even flew with Russian, US and British insignia. Drawings Four pages offer detailed drawings in 1:72 scale (side, front and top) and it’s variants. Great for guiding your riveter! 3D renders! This is the chapter that appeals most to me. Almost 40 pages with very detailed and realistic renders of a Ju 87 D-5. Starting out with some overall views from all directions and followed by close-ups of the spinner, nose, intakes, wing-root, tail, gear and canopy. As said in the introduction, Volume 2 continues these artist renderings with cockpit and other inside detail. A taste of this is given by a last page render of the Revi gunsight… Conclusion I think you can guess by now that I am a huge fan of these series. The black and white photo’s offer inspiration and the 3D renderings offer accuracy and detail that simply can’t be seen in normal photographs. Add some detailed line drawings and I guess you’re good to go! Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Kagero for the review sample. To purchase directly, click HERE. Jeroen Peters
1/32 Ju87 B-2 Stuka update sets by Eduard for Trumpeter kits #03214 & #03216 Introduction Eduard have kindly given us three of their photo-etched metal (PE) updates for the Trumpeter Ju87 – seatbelts, interior and canopy masks. The Trumpeter kit is the only modern kit of the early Stuka, but is not without issues. These can be summarized as follows: overall too small forward of firewall, and with some B-1 features; spats incorrectly shaped; canopy framing moulded on outside only – should be a mix of internal and external; incorrect / simplified ventral bomb cradle, and incorrect main bomb. Whilst the update sets here do not address any of the above, they will improve the original kit. They are all equally applicable to either the original B-2 kit (#03214) or the R-2 kit (#03216), which has underwing drop tanks instead of bombs #32753 Ju87 B-2 Seatbelts c€16 available directly from Eduard here #32751 Ju87 B-2 Interior S.A. c€22 available directly from Eduard here #JX144 Ju87 B-2 Canopy Mask c€10 available directly from Eduard here #32573 Ju87 B-2 Seatbelts A relatively standard Luftwaffe pilot's seatbelt which, as usual, is made up of a number of different parts (instructions here). They are pre-painted, but some may wish to weather them, as they are rather pristine. The rear gunner's seat requires the addition of a piece of plastic to represent the cushion, over which the Eduard part is placed. Superseded by the new fabric belts which seem all the rage? Perhaps, but these still look good No seatbelts are provided in the kit, so some form of aftermarket is necessary here. The tide does seem to be turning away from these etch belts, however, as even Eduard have no started producing belts in compressed paper / fabric for a more realistic appearance. This range is in its infancy at present. Alternatives, and probably my preference, would be those from HGW, examples of which we reviewed here, but I still think the Eduard offerings are worthwhile and viable. #32571 Ju87 B-2 Interior S.A. This is quite a large set, with two self-adhesive (S.A.) pre-painted frets, and one standard sheet in unpainted brass (instructions here). The SA frets cover the cockpit instrument panel and various other dials etc on the cockpit sidewalls. The clarity and saturation of colour is excellent, but the depiction of RLM66 will be too light for some purists – personally, I think it's fine. The main instrument panel is that of a B-2 (or R-2). The Trumpeter kit provides a B-2 panel (part #J2) which is a bit clunky, and would not look convincing with the kit supplied decal in my view. A B-1 panel is also provided (part #J28) but is not be used; the differences are very minor – just a few dials different / absent. Eduard's instructions wrongly suggest kit part #J28, but given the outline is the same, and that you will be filing the detail off in order to lay the various etch parts over the top, I am not sure it makes any difference? Kit part is rather chunky – the Eduard IP will make a massive difference. The natural brass fret provides various canopy frame handles, stowage bins and pilot's pedals, but also a new pilot's seat (kit headrest cushion to be used) and a the large spent ammo bin for the rear gunner. Why Eduard still bother to provide a part for you to roll into shape as the MG15 barrel is beyond me – times have moved on guys! There is the armoured plate behind the pilot with vent holes cut in it which lay against the roll bar framework – check your references as not all aircraft had these, and those that did sometimes had a sliding plate which could cover the holes if required. Overall, I think the pictures I have taken of the kit parts should convincingly show you the additional finesse of Eduard's set – this is definitely worth it. Kit seat is very thick and not in scale These dials also look a bit cumbersome #JX144 Ju87 B-2 Canopy Mask Trumpeter have not accurately captured the Ju87 canopy, which had a mixture of internal framework and external dividers. Whether this is a fatal flaw (!) is up to you, but Eduard were left with little choice but to provide masks for what is there, rather than what perhaps should be. The instructions here will show you that there are actually quite a lot of separate pieces to this set. Note you will be required to use some liquid mask or similar for areas of the rear gunners glazing Kit parts – nice and crisp, but ultimately wrong; not a lot Eduard can do about this Conclusion Good high quality PE sets, with instructions that are clear and easy to follow. The seatbelts are the only ones where I would probably use another product. If you think the Trumpeter kit is worth building now – or even if you are holding out for some resin upgrades down the line – these updates will make a big improvement to your Stuka. Highly recommended With thanks to the team at Eduard for the review sample. Nicholas Mayhew