Thursday, 14 February 2013
1:72 scale Revell Junkers Ju 88 A-4 (new tool 04672)
Second finish of the year/month/week - although this one wasn't started this year, or even last year come to that! The 'new tool' Revell Ju 88 in 1:72nd scale finally finished - here as a machine of KG 76 in Wintertarnung from the AIMS Ju 88 Bomber decal sheet. Reference photo is on page 37 of the AirDoc Junkers Ju 88 A/D monograph. This kit was released around November/December 2011 and I started building it straight away. It stalled about a year ago, some time around the painting stage, but having finished the Wellington, I've spent a few days getting this one off the 'shelf of shame'. The rather rough winter scheme was achieved more by accident than design after I tried out the hairspray technique and ended up peeling off most of the upper white layer off in one go, making a re-spray necessary. That looked terrible but in the end I've grown to like it. According to AirDoc this machine has had an engine change but in the photo the sunshine is so bright that not a lot of detail is visible. I encountered similar difficulties when trying to photograph this one - too much light and everything is bleached out...you can click on the images to see a larger view..
The kit itself is extremely detailed but overly complicated IMHO - the cockpit and forward fuselage alone has around 50 parts, but little can be seen. Each piece of ordnance comprises seven separate pieces. The canopy glazing was masked with Tamiya tape in a marathon session. I've added some brake lines from wire and an aerial wire from hypo-glue for the photos. I think perhaps the model looks a 'stalky' on its undercarriage. Those parts of the kit decal sheet I used worked very well.. for Revell.
In-box review from December 2011 and lots of Junkers Ju 88 reference here
The AIMS decal sheet used in this build is reviewed here