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Gary Stevenson
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Revell 1/32 Ju-88 A-1, Norway, 1940

February 8, 2017 · in Aviation · · 10 Comments

The airframe depicted has been raised from a lake in Jonsvatnet, Norway in 2004 where it sank through the ice in 1940. Even though it was a relatively new airframe built in 1940, it already had a new wing and had been recoded on the fuselage sides for Erg.KGr 4.

It appeared that the undersides were in the process of being repainted in RLM65(?) over the original Pale Grey finish, which was an unknown colour in 2004.

I found some pics in my files of the actual airframe being recovered back in 2004 - interesting colour reference & also how some repainting appeared to have been done with a brush!

There used to be good links to pics of the recovery & restoration but these seem to be dead now - Have a look at the net for further references if you find them.

Try this:
This is what I was looking for:


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10 responses

  1. This turned out rather nicely, Gary...I like it a lot.

  2. I do too but SWMBO accidentally broke the darned tailwheel - nice clean break but will it it stick back together? - NOPE!
    I'm gonna have to pin it with some metal rod or soemthing a lot stronger than plastic as it takes a lot of weight back there.

  3. After reading the script first , I can see that it has turned out quite nicely.
    In the field painting was never going to be pristine, like out of the factory.
    Bummer about the rear U/C, and yes, a piece of brass rod should do the trick.

  4. Operational aircraft get patched up and repaired as needed. Not all paint matches, despite being labeled as being the same. OPTEMPO always.
    Anything goes, unless you're at a major rework facility.
    That is a good looking Junkers 88.

  5. Very nice Gary, in addition to your outstanding paint job I want to complement you on the beautiful clarity of the clear parts.
    Well done

    • It's amazing what a dip in Johnsons Klear (Future) will do for transparencies Rick! - The trick is not letting it pool too much I think. I was VERY careful with this one as I needed to show off all that internal detail. I'm glad you like it

  6. Very interesting information.

    • I have been in touch with the chap in the Norwegian museum that was supervising the restoration of the Ju-88. It was he who supplied the info & pictures of the undersides of the aircraft as it broke the surface of the lake again for the first time in over 60 years. His name is Guttorm Fjeldstad and he was very informative.

  7. Excellent article and I like the photos. I was looking at the website for the 88 restoration a few months ago. It has some great photos there too. I have this kit and its sister the He-111 in my stash. I'll bet this one takes up some space. Thanks for sharing this one.

  8. What a great build plus the history of the specific aircraft. I love it when these old pieces of history can be restored. Your model of it before it went swimming is excellent.

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