Junkers Ju 87G-1
Junkers Ju 87G-1 Stuka
images by Brett Green
1/72 scale Junkers Ju 87G-1 is available online from Squadron.com
Chris Wauchop has taken
another rare plunge into the world of 1/72 scale aircraft models with
his latest commission build.
Academy's 1/72 scale Ju 87G-1 in the box
1/72 scale Junkers Ju 87G-1, kit number 1641, features short-span
wing and two 37mm anti-tank guns slung under the wings.
looks impressive in the box with its very crisp, finely engraved panel
lines, thin clear parts and decent detail. The underwing 37mm cannon
pods are especially well done.
As might be
expected in this scale, some of the more subtle elements are
oversimplified. These include the "zwilling" machine guns in the
rear of the cockpit and the hinge arrangement for the flaps/ailerons.
obvious shortcoming of the kit - quite literally - is the propeller
assembly. The diameter of the propeller is significantly undersized,
while the spinner is too blunt. Finally, the compression boots on the
undercarriage spats appear to be too long, although the spats themselves
seem to be the right length.
The model was built with the assistance of the Extratech
photo-etched detail set (Ex 72144).
Construction of the basic kit was very straightforward,
but the instructions for the photo-etched set were vague to say the
least. Parts 36 and 37, which were supposed to be added to kitmparts D9
and D10, were not used. The kit parts were modified instead. Parts 30
and 6 were not used at all.
Additional detail and modifications included the
model was painted using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush.
Paints used included the following:
Gunze acrylic H67
RLM Light Blue
Gunze acrylic H64
RLM Dark Green
Gunze acrylic H65
RLM Black Green
Gunze acrylic H70
RLM 02 Grey
Tamiya acrylic XF-64
Tamiya acrylic X-18
Academy's kit decals were used. They were a pain.
In particular, they did not want to conform to any
curves and tended to silvering, especially the smaller markings. The "B"
and "2" decals on the wheel spats were probably the most uncooperative
of the whole sheet.
Also, the green "B" letter had registration problems,
revealing a a prominent white drop shadow when applied to the model.
Once the decals had set, these green letters were masked and the white
area was carefully sprayed with the background colours.
Academy's 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 87G-1 Tank Buster was an
enjoyable build, made somewhat fiddly with the inclusion of the
photo-etched set from Extra Tech.
The result was worth the effort though, and it won't
take up much display space either!
The photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital
camera and optimized in Photoshop CS.
The model was photographed on a base of artificial grass and dirt
against a large photo of trees and skyline. A second set of photos was
taken against a plain white background.
Finally, the images were cropped, resized to 700 pixels in
width, and saved as a .jpg file for posting on HyperScale.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
Model by Chris Wauchop
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