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The PAINFUL road to an accurate Ju87B-2

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Sorry about the sudden silence, gents. Things were going along nicely & then my project came to a grinding halt... Dropped everything to help my youngest kid move from the city of Vancouver (West Coast of Canada) to the the city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island (confusing for those not familiar with the North American west coast - I assure you it is two very different places). This was because she was offered a "Guvvermint Job" - just had to help her (heck, perhaps she can even look after me one day - I have visited Victoria & surrounding area several times in my life and every time I come back to the Mainland, I catch myself thinking "Wish I could live there..."). That pretty much took up the last of my Xmas vacation - and going back to work afterwards, I got nailed down immediately with having to deal with a backlog of issues. You know how it goes - "Though shalt be punished for having taketh vacation"...

 

I'll try to add to this thread this coming weekend... My current status is "...most decals applied..." - but still waiting on an ancient Microscale decal sheet I bought on Ebay simply for the 4.StG 2 squadron emblems, and also a set of P.E. seat belts from Eduard.

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Good day all

 

I'm actually pretty happy about the results - I have proved to myself that Yes, the old Revell kit can be combined with the 21st Century kit for a more acceptably-accurate kit. There are still some work outstanding:

  • Completing the weathering (only done some very rudimentary weathering)
  • Add seatbelts (ordered the Eduard set but it's been 3 weeks & still still waiting)
  • Blend in the Revell front windscreen properly to the fuselage
  • Fix some overspray issues
  • Overcome the shock and horror of discovering that the Revell cockpit is in fact shorter than the 21C cockpit (and judging from photographs of of the Trumpy kit, it might be suffering from the same affliction). This means that with the canopy closed, there is an open gap of about 4 mm at the rear of the cockpit. Judging from scale drawings (Kagero etc) the Revell kit cockpit seems in fact correctly-sized - and interestingly, the Hasegawa 1/48 B-2 kit follows the same cockpit (proportionally) as the Revell kit. The 1/32 Hasegawa Ju87D cockpit length is almost spot-on with the old Revell kit. I have some theories on how this error may have happened, but seeing as I am uncomfortable with Stigmata on my own body (for you non-Catholics, that's a reference to the Fear of being Crucified by the Trumpy Fanboys) I shall keep that to myself. It is actually pretty easy to fix / fill in the "missing" fuselage area - but would have been so nice to know that up front! :frantic: Be warned!!

I did receive a set of Quickboost resin exhausts but ended up not using it - I'm not nit-picky but the Quickboost set seems to be really for a mid-production Ju87B-1 and not a B-2... This is based on references and photographs (by late-production B-1 aircraft switched to ejector-style exhausts, and followed suit on R series and B-2 aircraft)

 

T6-EM_01.jpg T6-EM_02.jpg

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I also should add that I decided to go with a B-2 as I had fairly good photo references to T6+EM. The SC250 bomb that came in the kit was pretty poor though, and at the time I thought that the overall effect of the kitbash exercise don't warrant a resin AM part (Eduard makes a really nice SC250 resin replacement). So... I ended up grinding the tailfins off, replaced it with Evergreen plastic sheet items, the final result is in the last pic:

 

IMG_20151205_191654.jpgIMG_20151205_234444.jpgT6-EM_06.jpg

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And Thank You all for the kind and supportive comments I received. It seems to me that a side-effect of "going public" with a project like this 1) It helps overcome the Fear of fellow model builders laughing at one's efforts, and 2) it kinda puts an "onus" on a person, forcing you to try and complete the project... I came VERY close (several times) to just give up on it. The model looks better in real-life than in my photographs (Note to self: Try taking pics in daylight, modern low-power-consumption / "warm glow" lightbulbs are bloody terrible as a light source). I am so happy that I am actually considering doing it AGAIN (!! :mental:) - I know all / most of the "gotchas" now, and the second time around I think I will do it better (and throw the whole hog at it, aftermarket cockpit, resin bombs, dress it up REAL nicely!) Once I have completed weathering I will post one last photograph...

 

T6-EM_05.jpgT6-EM-08.jpg

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So, at last tally, the parts break-down on this kitbash project are as follows:

 

  • Fuselage, wings & ailerons (the latter modified), tailplanes, wheels, propellor spinner & blades, pilot seat "turnover" armour from the 21C kit. Quickboost resin exhausts were rejected in favour of the standard 21C kit parts 
  • Wheel pants, dive brakes, tailplane cantilever struts, complete cockpit canopy (all 4 parts), aileron actuators, antenna, fuselage steps (I think that is what those devices  on the lower sides just behind the wings are), and also of course, the complete lower nose and radiator bath are from the Revell kit
  • Radiator "face" was constructed from Evergreen plastic, rear of radiator is from the Revell kit
  • Check you references: If you're building a factory-produced "Trop" aircraft, you should probably use the square-shaped carburetor air intake from the Revell kit (common to factory-produced "Tropical" aircraft). The rounded version that comes with the 21C kit was common to BoB etc aircraft, or field-modified Trop aircraft
  • The rear defensive MG08 was replaced with an item from the modern Revell (Germany) 1/32 Junkers Ju88 kit. It is vastly superior to both the 21C and the old Revell parts, and you can use the extra magazines to help dress up the gunner's cockpit
  • Decals: National insignia came from the 21C kit decals, the squadron emblem (referring to the green 4-leaf clover) came from an ancient Microscale decal sheet (Microscale 32-17 to be precise), most of the squadron codes were either handmade or scrapbox items
  • Make sure you have a fresh tube of Squadron putty, a new box of Milliput and a full bottle of Mr. Surfacer 500 handy - you're going to need it ;)
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That's a fine build, Jan. I like the clean execution of your paint job. What's next?

THOR    :ninja:

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Hi Thor

 

Thank you - I forgot to mention that the colour balance is all messed up, the model is the more normal shade of RLM79 - the reddish tint was caused by "warm glow" artificial lighting, and no amount of messing with the white balance settings on my camera could correct that. As to what's next.... Previous to tackling this kit, I built the PCM Hawker Tempest V kit, and I was going to say that I am now in a mood for something "simple"... Thinking to start work on a 1/32 Ju88 A-6U (maritime patrol) conversion, like such:

Ju-88A-6u_01.jpg

 

...However, I have been hearing rumours about the Zactomodels correction kit for the Trumpy A-7 Corsair II becoming available again (there REALLY is a Santa Claus then?), and if that goes on sale I'm dropping everything to switch to that kit.

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