Junkers Ju87G-2 STUKA Anti-Tank Attacker

(Hasegawa 1/48)


by Akio Hasegawa, M.D.


The kit is Hasegawa's 1/48 Junkers Ju87G-2 STUKA Anti-Tank Attacker, deployed in the eastern front.

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Chronology

2017.10.8. I start assembling the cockpit - Photo-1.

2017.10.29. Cockpit interior was sprayed with gray-black - Photo-1.

2017.12.3. Cockpit is almost completed, with add-on seat melts by Eduard, piping with 0.5mm brass wire - Photo-1, Photo-2, Photo-3, Photo-4.




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2017.12.24. After cockpit interior was finally sprayed with flat clear - Photo-1 and Photo-2, left and right half of the fuselage was cemented - Photo-3.




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2018.1.8. Since aileron and flap actuator is not lifelike - Photo-1, I cut out the plastic parts, and implant actuators with 0.5mm brass wire - Photo-2. Main wing and horizontal tail plane is glued to the fuselage - Photo-3, Photo-4.




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2018.1.21. Actuator of elevator added. Images of the real plane from ref. 1 indicate actuators under the elevator - Photo-1, and Photo-2. Since this model has originally fake actuators (raised straight lines, indicated by light green arrows in Photo-3), I install them with 5mm brass and white metal wire (proximal one as a first step, indicated by red arrow) - Photo-3. Eventually, all four actuators are successfully installed - Photo-4, and Photo-5. Then, wheel spats are tentatively assembled - Photo-6.




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2018.1.28. The muzzle of the 37mm cannon on the sponson is pinholed with 05mm followed by 12mm drills - Photo-1, and Photo-2.

2018.2.12. Since reference image shows complex piping/wiring of the underwing 37mm cannons slung (red arrows, from reference 1) - Photo-1, I added piping with 0.5mm brass wire - Photo-2. Then, temporary assembly is made - Photo-3, and Photo-4.



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2018.3.4. Wiring is added to the 37mm cannons slung with more slender 0.4mm brass wire - Photo-1, Photo-2.



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2018.5.5. After spraying Tamiya surface primer (light gray) very thinly, panel line accent color (black) is applied with fine brush - Photo-1, Photo-2. Then, using compressor, under surface light blue is sprayed (Tamiya XF-23), thinly to preserve panel line accent black color - Photo-3, Photo-4.



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2018.7.1. Wing edges of lower surface and posterior fuselage belt was sprayed with flat yellow paint using compressor - after masking with newspaper and tape Photo-1, Photo-2, images after removing masking papers Photo-3, Photo-4.



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2018.7.8. Patches are put using thin Aluminum foil tape on the upper surface - Photo-1. Later I will exfoliate the sprayed upper surface color (dark green) to reproduce battle fatigue.



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2018.8.20. After masking with tape - Photo-1 -, I spray dark green (Tamiya XF-61) for two tone splinter pattern (Luftwaffe-Splittermuster) for the upper surfaces - Photo-2.

2018.8.27. As dark green (Tamiya XF-61) was revealed too dark, I re-sprayed with olive drab (XF-62), but it was still too dark. So I finally sprayed XF-71 (cockpit color) - Photo-1 -, Photo-2 -, and initial masking tape is removed - Photo-3 -. Then after this lighter green portions are covered with masking tape to protect the first step, the remaining parts are sprayed with dark green (Tamiya XF-61) - Photo-4. Not bad, but panel lines are lost because of overspraying..



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2018.9.2. Panel lines are accentuated with Tamiya weathering master and surface of the applied Aluminum foil tape was scraped - Photo-1 -, Photo-2 -, Photo-3.



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2018.9.30. Undercarriage spats and anti-tank 37 mm guns are cemented - Photo-1 -, Photo-2 -, Photo-3. Canopy is still in preparation.



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2018.10.7. Engine exhaust is installed - Photo-1.



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2018.10.21. Propeller and spinner are assembled and painted - Photo-1.



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2018.11.4. Spiral pattern of spinner is finished using decal with retouching with brush - Photo-1, Photo-2, Photo-3.



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References:


1. Junkers Ju87 STUKA. Famous Airplanes of the World, Vol 11, Bunrindo, Tokyo, 1998 (ISBN10-4893190083, ISBN-13: 978-4893190086).
2. Luftwaffe in World War II - Aero Pictorials 1. Aero Publishers, Inc., 1968.
3. Hans-Ulrich Rudel: Trotzdem [Nevertheless] (in German). Göttingen, Germany: Schültz. 1966 (I used rough Japanese translation version: ISBN-10: 4059011541, ISBN-13: 978-4059011545).

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