Airfix 1/24 scale
Junkers Ju 87 B Stuka
by Carmel Zammit
Junkers Ju 87 B-2 Stuka
Airfix's 1/24 scale Ju 87 B-2 Stuka is available online from Squadron
After a seven year lay off, what better to build than a 40 year old Airfix 1/24 scale model kit?
This kit was something that inspired me as a youngster due to that amazing box art of the aircraft in a diving position releasing its bombs. The model I built even had the new badge on the box & the original light blue plastic real old school (nice).
The kit was built virtually from the box with the exception of HGW seat belts & Airscale placard decals to enhance engine & cockpit other than a bit of fuse wire "pure old Airfix".
The kit built very well given its age & the fit of parts were good it did have lots of sink marks & injector pin issues that were dealt with using squadron filler & superglue.
The engine is truly suberb form the box needing very little to enhance it. This was dealt with by my colleague Garry (shop manager). The cockpit came next which is a kit in its own right again apart from seat belts & the addition of Airscale instrument panel the rest was from the box.
The airframe went together very well & after just a little filling & filing it was time for painting.
The entire painting was done using Xtracolor enamels & the weathered effects were done using varying shades of the same colour.
Decals were mainly Airfix with the swastikas from the Xtradecal range that we carry as stock. The whole thing was matted using Humbrol matt varnish.
The huge finished aircraft is on display in our London shop & looks nice given its sheer size. I was very happy with the outcome, and given that the model is 40 years old it holds up well to all modern offerings.
I want to extend my gattitude to Garry for the excellent work on the engine & Jan our neurosurgeon customer for his valuble time in photographing this model.
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2013 by Carmel Zammit
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