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Italeri Ju 88 A-17 in 1/72 scale

March 14, 2015 in Aviation

Hi, here is a build of mine, from the past. Not from my stoneage but quite old, done in the 2000-2002 time frame.
If you build the Italeri offering of this well known type, you can do what ever you want, it won t look like a Ju 88 build from the box. That kit was probably the first time, that i noticed, a bad looking kit is not only my fault.
While the wave pattern, sprayed free hand on,looked quite good, i decided to make some changes, to bring it more to the real thing.
-the nose cone got some strokes with a sanding stick
-The props were shortened to achieve the look of the massive wooden propellers
(the two this engine nacelles are way to slim, so undersized props are not to bad)
-the undercarriage is way to long, i cut of most of the oleo strut and the tires lost some air pressure
-the brooms protruding out of the canopy were cut back, the simulate the look of the MG 81
– The canopy was polished and got a layer of clear
The L1 code of KG 26 should be the small one, may i change this in the future.
The rebuild and the pix were done in fall 2014.
Could be a Ju 88 ? I hope you like this oldtimer


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28 responses to Italeri Ju 88 A-17 in 1/72 scale

  1. Ausgezeichnet mein Freund!!! Superb wellenmuster!! This is a beauty Bernd!!! I like the exhaust staining. Well done!!!

  2. Thanks Morne, i think the paint job done years back was the reason to make some touch ups with the kit.
    The Italeri offering fall short, compared with the new kits from Hasegawa and Revell but they managed to produce open well looking dive breaks.

  3. Nicely done, Bernd. I think I did the Revell version. It’s a problem with all kits in this scale with so much detail that it must be difficult for manufacturers to get it just right.

    Your attention to the finer points is a credit to your skills.

  4. Thank you very much, Rob. Go with Revell, half the price of Hasegawa and way better to build. 1/72 or 1/32 ?
    Got a Ju 88 A-11/32, 80% finished, stalled, because i am still unsatisfied with my self made curtains in the canopy green house, otherwise a great kit.

  5. A it of a dirty old beast Bernd, but nice
    She looks OK to me.

    • Thank you Simon, refurbishing older kits can be fun and bringing back old memories. The wave pattern was done in summer, out in the garden and the fumes from the air gun forced our neighbours to retreat inside their house. 🙂

  6. Looks a great build to me, Bernd….I like it a lot (but I can’t find the matchstick). 🙁
    How’s that “other” builder doin’….?

  7. Thank you, Craig. The match stick is sadly gone, need a new one, or a new box 🙂
    The “other” builder has the flu and is occupying the couch.

  8. I’ve always liked the Italeri twins (they’ve got the 188 and the Ju 86 (B 3 in Sweden!) without ever thinking about accuracy, on the other hand I’ve never gotten around to build any of them either 🙂 ! I would say that it looks like an 88!



    • Hi Magnus, the 188 is not a bad kit, with some tlc, you can do a nice build out of it, the same goes for the 86.
      Italeri has re released their Ju 88 kit, some time ago. On the box stands “with historical updates” maybe some improvements.
      The fine raised details on the surface is much nicer than some new tool kits with trenches on it.

  9. Very nice mate. A lot of work produced a great Ju88. Love the camo too. Nice work. 🙂

  10. Terrific looking build! Very nice paint work.

  11. That loos awesome mate! The paint work is absolutely unreal !!
    The finish makes it look like it is underwater almost. Great mask job on the glass also. First class model!

  12. Bernd,
    Well I don’t care about the picky points. I just know that I, for some reason, have always been fond of this airplane. What you have done here is make me fonder of it. I think you did a magnificent job on this.

  13. Thank you for this compliment, Frank. The 88 is a favorite aircraft for me too.
    Lots of versions and camo schemes.2015 is dedicated, to finish a lot of unfinished projects, i hope my Ju 88 builds were among them.

  14. You are a master modeler.

  15. Thank you very much for this compliment, Dirk 🙂

  16. I like it Bernd, and have to admire anyone who take’s a problem kit and makes a winner out of it. Well done !

  17. Your revamp has definitely brought this kit up to date, Bernd, like the others have said, the finish is really good. I like the photographs as well. So, all in all, a great posting!

    • Thanky you very much, George. The pix were done outside in the garden on a coloured cardboard. The evening sun producing beautiful light conditions but It seems she is currently on vacation.

  18. VERY nice Bernd. A great job on an old classic.

  19. Great paint job, put it outdoors with a real aircraft hanger in the background, should would fool me!

  20. Have some ideas, Mike. It will take some time. Gathered for my shop a lot of boxes and there are some big and rugged included.
    A perfect start for an airbase or something like that

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