Junkers Ju 88 A-4
Luftwaffe "Jack of
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 1018 Ju 88 A-4
|Contents and Media:
||101 light grey plastic parts on two
sprues, 7 clear plastic parts on one sprue, decals for two aircraft plus
a 4 page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 7 build
diagrams and 2 pages of paint/decal instructions.
(available online from Hannants) and hobby outlets worldwide
||Well detailed inside and out, very
clear and reasonably thin clear parts, optional dive brakes and bombs.
||Raised panel detail and only two
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 88 A-4 will be available online from Squadron.com
The Junkers Ju 88 was designed as a fast bomber but
performed so well that it was employed for other uses. Perhaps the best
known of these roles was as a night-fighter along with specialized
ground attack, torpedo bomber and reconnaissance. The A-4 variant was
the most produced and the Ju 88 fought in all theatres from the Battle
Of Britain to wars end.
I haven't seen Hasagawa's 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 88, but I am told it has
some fit problems associated with their policy of getting as much use
out of one set of moulds as possible. If this is correct, then this
re-release from Italeri must be considered a viable alternative.
There is a lot about this kit I like. It must have been one of their
last kits before they started engraving panel detail because it has more
interior detail than I have seen in any of their early twins such as the
Dorniers, Mitchells and He-111s. It also hasn't got the rather ordinary
looking crew figures we've come to expect from these early Italeri kits.
In fact, the only thing I don't like is the raised panel detail and the
fact that there are only two decal options.
Most of the parts are on the A sprue including fuselage, interior,
engine nacelles, some undercarriage parts and weapons, both defensive
and aggressive. Everything is beautifully moulded in light grey plastic
with just a few small sink marks, no flash and the few ejector pin marks
are in unobtrusive places. I'm not sure about the taper in the engine
cowlings and the seats have shoulder straps moulded on but no lap belts.
I think they should put them all on or none.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
Sprue B has main wings, tailplane, wheels, under
carriage roofs, engine fronts and props. There is no spar to ensure
correct dihedral, the prop blade may require some re shaping and the
cowling flaps are moulded closed. Other than this, the detail level and
mould quality is similar to A.
The clear sprue, C, is very nicely done, as mentioned above, with very
clearly marked framing and very little distortion.
There are only two decal options but I would be surprised if there
aren't a host of after-market decal sheet out there for this very kit.
The paint recommendations only show Model Master numbers and FS numbers
but no Luftwaffe colours. I guess this is a left-over from the original
issue as MM now do all of them.
Option A is a Luftwaffe aircraft from the Totenkopf Geschwader, 1/KG
54, Bergano 1943 in Green and Brown uppers, Light Grey lowers with wave
pattern lines over both surfaces, Light Grey above and Green below.
B is an Ex-Luftwaffe aircraft in the Swiss Air Force Test Centre with
Light and Dark Greens on the top surface and Black below and the Light
Grey wave pattern on the top surfaces only. The decals them selves, by
Zanchetti of Italy, are beautifully done as we've come to expect from
this manufacturer but there are no stencils what so ever.
As I mentioned earlier, I haven't actually seen the Hasagawa kit so I
really can't comment on how good or bad it is but only recount what I
have been told by others. So, if you don't want to shell out the big
bucks then consider this limited re-pop from Italeri. You won't be
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 30 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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