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1/48 JU-87R-2 Stuka, Hubert Polz’s desert snake, 6./St.G 2, 1941, Tmimi, Libya

March 18, 2021 · in Aviation · · 23 · 3K

This is my interpretation of Hubert Polz's JU-87R-2 while stationed at Tmimi, Libya in 1941.
There are only a few (4, I believe) photo's of this aircraft, so a lot of the scheme is speculative (even the color of the snake is disputed!) I've tried to be as accurate as possible, based on the available photo's. Most decal manufactures get the details wrong - even the codes! (should be T6+DP)
This is the B-2/R-2 kit with some detailing and scratch building, marked with Three Guys decals (modified and corrected), wing tanks from the Airfix B-1, painted with Tamiya acrylics, and weathered with pastels, and oils.

Hope you like,

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23 responses

  1. A beautiful looking aircraft, Colin.
    You made it look very realistic.
    Also the cockpit looks exceptional.
    An absolute "Liked".

  2. A beautiful Stuka - the scheme is fabulous, and those extra details are a nice addition. Well done.

  3. Great job, i like it!

  4. Colin: I like it very much. Looks just like those vintage photos. Bullseye!

  5. You've done this very nicely Colin. I myself worship at the Church of the Red Snake, but the two denominations will never resolve things any more than the Church of the Yellow Cowl will ever acknowledge the Church of the Olive Cowl's truth as regards a certain triplane. 🙂

    You've certainly done some great work off those photos and made a strong case for your heresies. 🙂

    • Thanks! Actually, I also would prefer a red snake, I love the Revell 1/32 box art, but I'm afraid it's probably not as historically accurate as we would wish. Also they got the scheme wrong, as well as the codes. Great painting though.

      1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  6. Great looking Stuka.

  7. Beautiful work, Colin! I wish the decal maker's would have payed as much attention to the details as you did to the construction, but it's a terrific looking bird all the same. Your Hasegawa wings look much better (straighter) than any other of their Stukas I've seen. Do you have a pattern for the gunner's armor you could share?

    • Thanks! The pattern couldn't be simpler. I just put a piece of masking tape on the inside, traced the shape with a sharp pencil, then put the tape on a leftover piece of scrap brass (photo etch runner) and cut it out. Bend it, flatten it and try again until you get the angle right!
      About the decals, some aspects were oversized, while the snake was to short! Also the decals were so translucent, they had to be masked and resprayed!

      2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  8. Fabulous job in this one, everything is right about it: Build, painting and detailing! Well done!

  9. Thanks everyone for the kind comments. The research took longer than the build, but that's part of the fun!

  10. Iconic. Like the heck out of it.

  11. Colin, @tail-dragon

    This is a magnificent build. I have one of these kits in the stash. I think it is a Revell / Monogram kit with the snake markings for decals. However, I'm fairly certain the R/M box contains Hasegawa plastic. I will definitely mark this article to use as a reference when I start building mine. Every time I see this plane I think about the wonderful box art that Revell had on their big 1/32 scale Stuka back in the late 1960's / early 70's...

    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

    I definitely pressed the "liked" button. 🙂

  12. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Love Stuka's , just sitting in a spot always stand out for attention ... this one for
    sure is no exception Colin.
    Nice work on the markings, camouflage, added details and good work on the research.
    Thank you for sharing these images.

  13. This is an amazing model, Colin @tail-dragon!
    Please let me agree and echo all kind Gents comments above and congratulate you on your excellent job, research and improvizations definitely included!

  14. Really nice job on this one. The camouflage is superb and from what I can spot you got the actual camouflage borders as close as one can ask for. Well done!

  15. This is a really great build Colin. A long long time ago I built the Revell 1/32 kit. I bought it out of saved pocket money because of the box art with the snake. I attempted to place the snake in one piece and learnt my first lesson about long thin decals. The other side I cut into several pieces with a much better result. Your build is worlds ahead. I still prefer the red snake but who really knows.

  16. I love Stukas and I especially love this one, definitely liked.

  17. Interesting theme and very beautiful construction. Congratulations!

  18. After re-reading some of my reference material, I realized that the 'mottle' on the spinner was most likely "Italian sand", not RLM 70/71. So, I'm in the process of stripping and refinishing the spinner.
    ... Oh well ...

  19. Wow, terrific! Quick question about the camo colors. Upper surfaces look like 3 colors. I'm guessing RLM 79, 80 and ? Thanks!

    • Thanks! These Stukas were finished in the standard RLM 65/70/71 scheme until their arrival in Africa. Then they were given a unit level partial disruptive scheme ( possibly using Italian sand - my option). No particular scheme was used, it seems everyone was different.

      2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

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