Junkers Ju 88 G-1 Hasegawa in 1/72 scale
September 10, 2014 in Aviation
Hi, here is a walkaround on my Ju 88 G-1 from Hasegawa. The “G” was the result of the experiences made with the “C” and “R” versions, while the “C” was a good aircraft, it lacked speed especially with these “tv antennas” 😉 on. This version also lacked also firepower while fighting four engined bombers and flying boats like the Sunderland in the gulf of Biscay.
The 20mm MG FF lacked hitting power, the Mg 17 was known as the “Luftwaffe-Anklopfgerät” !
The problem with the engine power was solved with the “R” version, the “C” airframe was mated with a BMW 801 A, later with the 801 D engine. Far from perfect, the Junkers design-shop developed the “G”, gone are the ventral gondola, replaced with a much flatter weapon gondola fitted with four 20mm MG 151 guns, the armoured windscreen became standard, also the FuG 220 radar equipment. The upward firing guns, known as “schräge Musik” were also widely used
The tailplane from the Ju 188 became standard for this version to restore lateral stability,
lost on the “R”
The Ju 88 G was prefered over the He 219 by Generalluftzeugmeister Erhard Milch responsible for production and development, while the 88 was proven and in mass production ( The RLM made plans well into the 1950s !!)
The Hasegawa Ju 88/188 series in 1/72 is for the “G” version the only accurate kit.The
Zvezda kit suffers mostly from its wrong (to small) tail, the too small engine nacelles and a few other bad points. That does not mean, the Hasegawa is a perfect one, beside it is very pricey, the cockpit is not really good, the wing spars have the wrong angle (!) and the
fit is overall poor.
This kit was started in 2012, stalled in 2012 and was restarted in 2013…..and finished
around new years eve 13/14, it was build nearly OOB, i replaced the radar antennas with photoetched ones from Extra Tech and a masking set from Eduard, because my own masking is inferior.
The painting was done with RLM 76 and RLM 75 dots, sprayed with my trusty Badger 150
and my old Revell compressor, unable to change the air pressure i work with different thinned paints, works for me.
I hope you like it
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