Junkers Ju 87 "Picchiatello"
by Maurizio Di Terlizzi
Here is a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka in Italian markings. It is Hasegawa 1/48 scake kit number 1748, built using the Aires resin detail set for the engine.
The most difficult step was the deletion of the crude triangles on the wings that represent actuators for the ailerons and flaps. I replaced them with metal rods and plastic rod after thoroughly sanding the entire surface and drilling several holes.
I also dropped the dive-brakes, added two 300 litres drop tanks, superdetailed the cockpit and lowered the tail control surfaces.
The engine and the fireproof bulkhead were assembled separate from the main model. I attached them to the Stuka only after the painting phase was over.
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This Picchiatello Stuka was painted 70/71/65 with all the German markings overpainted with brand-new RLM 70. This new paint is clearly visible over the faded original colours.
All paints are from Gunze Sangyo, while the decals are partly customised, partly from the box with some from the Tauro sheet.
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2000 by Maurizio