1/48 Dragon Ju 188E Racher
Here is my latest build, Dragon 1/48 Ju 188E Racher Kit #5518. First released in 1994 and maybe 2 other times since, it is a rare kit to find and not too common to see built up. Dragon got a lot of mileage of their Ju 88 series of kits, this being an off shoot of their Ju 88 series still holds up well after 25 years. It is a typical Dragon kit with some minor fit mismatches due to it being a multi-part version of this series. The only issue that has been identified by previous reviews was that the canopy glazing was a little too wide causing problems when affixing. I noted this and found a fix that worked a treat. I dipped each part of the glazing in boiling water, removed and gently squeezed the wide area, immediately quenching them under cold water. I got a perfect fit. I stress gently squeezing the area because there are flow lines that could fracture. Additions to the kit are as follows: Eduard Ju 188E internal PE, Eduard Fabric seat harness, SAC metal landing gear, Eduard Brassin Ju 88 late wheels. Decals are from various Luftwaffe sheets for codes & Ju 188 sheet for crosses & swastika. Verlinden compass alignment platform, Monogram Pro Modeler Fuel Cart & Bomb loader, Brassin’ SC500 bombs, & miscellaneous items were from the alignment platform. Artistic license was used for the scene using cell-u-clay & model railroad scenic materials.
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