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Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka

by David W. Aungst

 

Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka

 


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Junkers Ju 87R-2 is available online from Squadron
 

Introduction

 

I'm not really that fond of "trucks that fly" and the Stuka is no exception. However, when adorned with unique personal markings like those used by Lt. Hubert Polz from 6/StG 2, even I can be persuaded to build a flying truck.

 

 

Construction


This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale model of the Stuka. I had been contemplating getting the Monogram or HobbyCraft kits for some years to build this project. When Hasegawa released their version of this aircraft, it made the choice of which kit to buy rather simple.

The is not an out-of-the-box build, but it is close. The only changes I made to the basic kit were to cut and replace the wing control surface actuators with styrene rod stock. Hasegawa molds these rather crudely as thick triangles (with the wing flight controls molded as part of the wing). Hasegawa would have done better to mold the flight control surfaces separately and then provide the proper rod details for the actuators.

 

 

The only other problem I had with the kit involved the horizontal tails. Constructed with the braces in the locator holes that Hasegawa molds, the tails are forced to doop quite noticeably. I cut off the fuselage locators and mounted the bracing higher on the fuselage side to keep the tails level.

My only real complaint about the kit detailing relates to the engine compartment. There is a sizable view of this area afforded through the lower cowl flaps. The kit is totally empty inside the nose. To minimize the view, I painted the entire nose interior in Black-Gray (RLM 66) at the same time I painted the cockpit interior. It would have been nicer if Hasegawa had provided a piece to fill this void.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

The camouflage on the model is painted using Floquil Military enamel paints. The camouflage is the "standard" Black-Green (RLM 70) and Dark Green (RLM 71) splinter over a Light Blue (RLM 65) bottom with Sand Yellow (RLM 79) applied in a random pattern over the top side splinter camouflage.

I had no idea how difficult it would be to apply the RLM 70 and RLM71 splinter camouflage to the aircraft. It took longer to mask the model than it did to air brush the paint. I now know why most modelers select later war Luftwaffe topics for building where the camouflage is more free form. I came close to not applying the sand camouflage after all the work it took to create the green splinter scheme.

I chose to make the cockpit interior Black-Gray (RLM 66) as I was told this was more common. I used the Floquil Military enamel paint for this, but most of the rest of the detail items on the model are Testors Model Master enamel paints.

 



The decals come from Three Guys Replicas (sheet #48005). The Hasagawa special release of a kit including these markings was not available, yet, when I built this model. The "snake" aircraft has always been my favorite Stuka, ever since I first saw the box art on the old 1/32nd scale Revell kit. The Three Guys instructions for these decals are very complete and actually give the camouflage for the entire aircraft (left, right, and top sides).

I was not satisfied with the look of the upper wing sand camoulfage. While the fuselage was painted in free-hand soft edges, the instructions showed the wings painted in a splinter pattern. I chose to ignore the instructions and paint the upper wings in the same style free-hand soft edges that are found on the fuselage. Thus, the model is not accurate as painted, but the model sits on my display shelves and has to please me. I like the look with this camouflage much better.

The snake markings provided me with a problem. Are the snakes on both sides of the real aircraft? Apparently nobody knows that answer to this. Or, at least, at the time I built the model, nobody did. I have not kept up with any discussions to see if the snakes have been verified or not to being on both sides of the aircraft. The decals came with snakes for both sides. Since I like symetry, I decided to use the right side snake.

I carefully cut the head marking decal to go around the tropical filter. I then hand painted the tropical filter in white and sand to make it blend into the snake marking. The sand paint color I used was not an exact match to the decal color, but it was close enough and was only used on the underside of the filter housing.

 

 

The last thing to bring up about the markings is the age-old question -- where they white and camouflage color (as on my model) or were they red and white. According to reading I did and some information I obtained from a Luftwaffe savvy friend, the correct colors are as I have modeled, here. The red and white markings date back to the old Revell 1/32nd scale model box art. Apparently, people liked that version so much that it got repeated in various reference sources and became something like an urban legend. Who said that repeating a lie often enough can not make it truth?

I used a combination of thinned down enamel paint washes and air brush shading to weather the airframe. This was completed by a final dry brushing of silver to pop out the surface details. I had been told from a couple sources that Stukas got really beat in the field with lots of exhaust staining. I hated covering half of the snake decals I worked so hard to get applied, but I decided to follow the advice and heavily weathered the airframe. For a more complete discussion of what I do to weather my models, see my posting on "Weathering Aircraft".

 

 

Conclusion

 

It still is just a "truck that flies", but it has really neat markings.

Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Stuka holds a special place on my Luftwaffe models display shelf. While the this is a nice kit that presented me with no real problems, it is still likely to be the one and only Stuka that I will ever build.

 

 

Additional Images and Project Summary

 

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Project Statistics

Completion Date:

16 November, 1995

Total Building Time:

43.5

Research:

2.5

Construction:

10.6

Painting (includes creation and printing of custom decals):

24.1

Decals / Markings (includes creating and printing custom decals):

5.0

Extra Detailing / Conversion:

1.5
 
Junkers Ju 87 Stukageschwader of North Africa and the Mediterranean
(Combat Aircraft 6)

Author: John Weal
US Price:
$19.95
UK Price: 12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 July 25, 1998
Details: 100 pages; ISBN: 1855327228
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Model, Description and Images Copyright 2005 by David Aungst

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Last Updated 31 March, 2005

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