Saturday, January 14, 2012

My most recent model

Hard to tell, is it a model, or the actual war-bird?


The Ju-88 has been seen as the most adaptive aircraft of World War Two, when it was first introduced in 1939, it was deployed as a long range medium bomber, that carried its' bomb load internally.

At the time of the Invasion of Poland in September of 1939, 12 aircraft and flight crews were chosen to test this new design in combat.  For the Ju-88 unlike the other aircraft of the Luftwaffe, had no combat track record.  Improvements were made in the design, including additional machine guns in the forward cockpit.

Until the Battle of Britain the Ju-88 was still being used only in small numbers, the design was being refined and changed from a level bomber to a dive bomber.

The plane was continually modified with versions that became night fighters, to torpedo planes.  The C model carried both machine guns and cannon in the metal nose, making it more a fighter assault plane than bomber.

The Ju-88 served in every theatre of operations including The Russian Front and North Africa.  Other air forces such as Romania, Hungary and Italy all flew the Ju-88.

The version I built was the A-4 and this version began operations with the Battle of Britain and served on the Russian Front and in North Africa as well.

Before setting up my recent display at the Windsor Library in Barnhart,  Missouri, I finished my most recent model.  For me this was stepping back in time.  


Simple, because this was a model that is no longer in production, or at least by the company that produced the kit.  The model was a Junkers' Ju-88-A4 bomber and the kit was produced by MPC back in the 1960's.

This was the third time I had built this kit, the first two times I had not the patience to build it correctly.  I rushed the assembly, I did poorly with the painting of the figures and the kit in general.  Worst off I got glue all over the clear parts, and they looks fogged and rushed.

As always I spent a lot of time doing research to find a paint scheme that would be if not unique, at least would be interesting or represent an interesting event or moment in time from World War Two.

Ju 88warming up at airfield.

Great shot for basis of a Diorama.

Ju 88s' in flight.

Looking at the business end of the rear gunners compartment.  If you are building a larger scale model of the Ju-88, such as 1/48 then take notes.  Smaller scale like 1/72nd would be very, no extremely difficult to mimic the details if not impossible to see.  Still it is a great shot.

I picked the standard two two green camouflage pattern used early in the war.  This scheme was used until around 1944 when the German air force started using two tone gray as a replacement scheme,

Once I had done the research, I began to build the model., the photos show the progress, and with the exception of showing the completed model with its' decals you can see the progress to completion.

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