Junkers Ju-87 R-2 Stuka ‘Desert Snake’
This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale rendition of the famous 'Desert Snake' Stuka flown by Leutnant Hubert Polz from Tmimi on the Libyan coast in 1941. Polz was later transferred to the Russian Front where he won the coveted Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves. Polz ended the war as Gruppen Kommandeur of 1/SG 151.
The snake motif adorned at least two Stukas in North Africa. However, there is doubt about the unit code of the aircraft that I built. At the time of the build most reference material gave the code as T6+CP but after completing the model I discovered a photo showing the code as T6+DP. It is also doubtful if the snake was painted red at all since it's difficult to see from the black and white photos. I opted to leave the snake red and the codes unchanged. The prop spinner shows a squiggle pattern added to the yellow but this was applied much later which might hint at the fact that the red on the snake might have been over-painted as well. Such is the conundrum of our hobby sometimes!
German Stukas arrived in North Africa still painted in RLM 70, 71 topside and RLM 65 on the underside of the aircraft. The RLM 70 Schwarzgrun was initially over-sprayed with Italian camouflage yellow and later again with RLM 79. I used Modelmaster's RLM colours. Weathering was done per usual with Doc O' Brien's weathering pigments and Tamiya weathering kits to duplicate as best a well used Desert War Stuka.