Ju88 A1 ‘Battle of Britain’ 1/32
This is the 1/32 Revell kit of the Ju 88 A-1, B3 + DR, 7/KG 54, 'Battle of Britain, September 1940'. This aircraft features the Geschwader emblem (skull and crossbones) on the nose, with a diagonal yellow fuselage band and the number 27 on the outboard of each nacelle.
It was one of Revell's new superkits that arrived on the scene in 2009/10, distinguished by high parts count, crisp detailing, and an even crisper price; mine cost about £35 from a retail shop.
The kit does not include swastikas for the tail fin, as Revell is a German firm and it's illegal there to reproduce the symbol. I used a couple from a stash sheet. Neither are there belts. Mine were sourced from Radu Brinzan (RB Productions). These are combination paper and etch and absolutely look the business. As the kit is configured cleanly OOB, I used Model Design Construction's bomb racks and a couple of 250s. I added wiring and cables to the cockpit areas as so much area was on view. Also a sissy bar across the leading section of glazing.
Apologies for the photos of the greenhouse. I couldn't seem to pull focus across the expanse and the images are a little out of sorts.
There was some carping in the forums about the tyres being oversized, but they look OK to me. If this was the extent of Revell's Mad Enginnering Moment with this kit, then I can live with that.
Revell are about to produce an A-4 version, which should please a lot of modellers. There is also a rumour that a Dornier Do-17 is in the offing. It would certainly make an excellent display, having Revell's Ju-88s, Henikel He-111, and Dornier Do-17 set side by side, all in 1/32.
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