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Junkers J.1 latest at Wingnuts kit to sell out

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The Junkers flying tank of WW1 is the latest to show sold out.

It was kit #1 for WnW.

 

I'm surprised it took so long. The aircraft is big, easily built, no rigging, and her much, ahem, "character".

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So, of the original 4 kits, the Brisfit is the last one standing. The J1 is a very buildable kit. A little attention to the engine, and 'pit, and with a decent variety of paint schemes, and markings.

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Definitely a fun build!  If you have vol 1 of the new Aeronaut Junkers books by Clive Owers (cannot recommend these books highly enough, btw!), you have a few other interesting things to try with the J.1.  There's a photo of one that was tested with longer upper wing (estimating 1m length added to the outer wing on each side), and two pics of another where a large camera was mounted on top, behind the gun ring, on it's own flexible mount. 

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Yeah, I had not seen it listed as sold out. I'm glad I have a couple as well. It's a great kit of a cool aircraft, and I'm surprised it took this long to sell out.

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Yeah, I had not seen it listed as sold out. I'm glad I have a couple as well. It's a great kit of a cool aircraft, and I'm surprised it took this long to sell out.

 

I'm not surprised it took so long.

 

WNW is about WWI aircraft, and that Junkers is far from a traditional WWI sort of thing.

 

Kind of an oddball if you ask me.  It has been the WNW subject I am least interested in for a long time now!

 

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I'm not surprised it took so long.

 

WNW is about WWI aircraft, and that Junkers is far from a traditional WWI sort of thing.

 

Kind of an oddball if you ask me.  It has been the WNW subject I am least interested in for a long time now!

 

 

 

I agree...

 

Simply put, due to more then one reason, although it was a curiosity, it was by no means a major player in that war in any either tactical air support or recon or bombing.

 

Only 227 of them were produced vs. 900 of the Halberstadt CL II's, which could do all the J.1 could and be an escort fighter as well!

 

It was not far from it's kid brother, the J 1, which was simply an experimental aircraft.

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Yes, in one sense the J.1 was one of Junkers' predecessors to the Ju-87.

 

However, in the "Great War", the Germans didn't have the idiot Goering in command, so they did not send attack aircraft out over the Western Front without being escorted by escort fighters like the Halberstadt's who also joined in the harassment of the allied troops.

 

The "J" in the J.1 stood for "Schlachten", that is the fuel tanks, pilot, and (usually) the engine protected by armor plate, reducing vulnerability to ground fire for low-level work, especially ground attack only.

 

Other German manufacturer's made "J" aircraft as well, including Albatros, Halberstadt, Hannover, and AEG.

 

So the CL's would escort the J.1 "Furniture Van's" and also were prepared to confront any Allied fighters, thus protecting the less agile Junkers.

 

Being a former WWI fighter pilot, Goering gave in to the pressure from his Luftwaffe '109 pilots and allowed them to be free of protecting the less maneuverable Ju-87's, He-111's, and Do-17's, basically allowing the British pilots to slaughter them, especially the Stuka's.

 

So the J.1's survival success was more about the implementation of structural support tactics then innovative manufacturing methods or some sort of performance advantage. In other words, they were given excellent protection.

 

The German high command, being more intelligent then the famous Hitler/Goering team of WWII, simply did not want to put the few that they had in any higher risk situations then they had to.

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I would say that having an armored tub was a pretty innovative technological advancement. The doctrine of support sure didn't hurt either. My take is that the J1 was, in a sense, the predecessor to the Me-110 of a later conflict.

Still, the model builds up well, has a few sticky points, and is one of the planes that got WNW into the game. Pete wanted planes from WWI that were not run of the mill Camels, Tripes, and Spads, and I'm thinking this fits the mold.

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There were three types of J.1s, Junkers, Albatros, and AEG. No Junker J.1 was ever shot down, although there were landing accidents. The CLs were not armored.

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I'm not surprised it took so long.

 

WNW is about WWI aircraft, and that Junkers is far from a traditional WWI sort of thing.

 

Kind of an oddball if you ask me.  It has been the WNW subject I am least interested in for a long time now!

 

 

 I actually prefer the occasional oddball (I put that in plural first but that just sounded wrong  :P  ) to "regular" aircraft. :piliot:  Guess I'm in the minority.

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