Revell / Monogram 1/48 Ju-52 3M

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  • Louis Gardner said 3 months ago:

    Here is a kit that I have been wanting to build for a very long time. This is the modern release by Revell.

    I have two others like it in the stash. One is the initial Pro Modeler version and the other one is a Revell kit that I think might have been released first or shortly after the Pro Modeler kit was. I’ll go over to Scalemates to see what they say.

    The desire to build this model goes back to when I was a teenager and I got to meet Martin Caidin at a local “private” air show that was happening at the Spruce Creek Fly Inn, which was not too far from my childhood home.

    At the time he owned a fully restored airworthy Ju-52 that he called “Iron Annie”. He introduced himself to my father and I, then asked us if we would like to take a tour of his plane……… I immediately jumped at the offer, and in no time flat I was sitting in the pilot’s seat, with dear old Dad standing in the walkway.

    Fast forward many years later, and now I realize just what kind of an opportunity this was. As it stands, this Ju-52 that Martin Caidin owned, was actually the oldest flying Ju-52 in the world. This next bit of information is about “Iron Annie”, and it is copied directly from Wikipedia. This tells the story better, and more accurately than I could ever do.

    “D-AQUI, the oldest airworthy Ju 52 in existence, was produced in 1936, with serial number 5489 and given the registration D-AQUI Fritz Simon. It was sold to Norwegian airline DNL (Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S) in 1936 and registered as LN-DAH Falken, only to be confiscated by the German Army in 1940 when Norway was invaded. At this time it was once again given the old D-AQUI registration, but renamed Kurt Wintgens.

    After the war, the Allies returned it to its former owners, DNL. It was re-registered as LN-KAF Askeladden and served on the Norwegian coastal route from Tromsø to Kirkenes for SAS from February 1948 until 1956.

    After sitting parked for a year at Oslo Airport, Fornebu, it was sold to TAO (Transportes Aéreos Orientales) in Ecuador, with new registration HB-ABS Amazonas issued in July 1957. It was shipped to Ecuador in wooden crates. When it arrived the wings and tail still wore the distinctive blue lettered SAS livery. It was reassembled at the Ecuadorean Air Force Military Base in Salinas, Guayas in the summer of 1957 under the direction of former Lufthansa pilot Christoph Drexel. TAO flew the plane in scheduled airline service from Quito at 10,000 feet elevation to settlements in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazonian region (500 to 1000 feet altitude) of Ecuador with captain Gonzalo Ruales usually flying the left seat. The plane routinely cleared mountain passes at 13,000 feet of altitude, landing on unimproved landing strips often claimed from the shores of tributaries of the Amazon.

    It was taken out of service in 1963 as gathering momentum of oil exploration in the Amazonian region began to demand aircraft of increased lift capacity. The aircraft remained parked at Quito Airport for six years. It was bought by a former United States Air Force pilot, Lester Weaver for $52,500. It was given registry N130LV, but American authorities certified it as “experimental”.

    In 1975, American writer Martin Caidin bought it for $52,500. It was christened Iron Annie, registration N52JU. It saw extensive use at air shows, and was based at Gainesville, Florida. Caidin set a number of records with Iron Annie, among them the shortest takeoff ever made with a Ju 52/3m and the world record for the most wing-walkers on one aeroplane at the same time.

    Lufthansa acquired it in December 1984: It was flown to Hamburg via Greenland, Iceland and England, the only west to east Atlantic flight of an Ju 52. After a year it took to the air again, with the official registration painted under the tail as D-CDLH. The old registration D-AQUI is painted on the wings. The aircraft’s name is now Tempelhof.

    Damage discovered during routine inspections at the end of 2015 led to Lufthansa temporarily grounding Tempelhof until summer 2016. The aircraft eventually returned to service in early 2017 but at the beginning of 2019 Lufthansa announced that the airline had withdrawn financial support for passenger operations and the aircraft would now only be available for airshows. According to later reports the wings were removed from the aircraft and it was transported by road to Munich with plans that it would become a permanent static exhibit in a museum. However, in 2020 it was transferred to the Quax Association at Paderborn/Lippstadt airport for restoration.”

    I want to paint this plane in the beautiful markings on these planes as they were operated by Lufthansa in the 1930’s.

    I had a very good friend scan and cut me out a set of masks that will allow me to build this plane with the civilian / villain markings of D-2600, and it will wear the name “IMMELLMANN II”. This is how I am linking this build to the Luftwaffe group, as this plane was used as Adolph Hitler’s personal transport, until he received the larger and more powerful FW-200 Condor. Surprisingly, the Condor also used the same D-2600 registration.
    It should look like this once it’s completed.

    Here is a good picture of D-2600 in it’s earlier paint scheme where the Lufthansa name is present on the fuselage and the name “IMMELLMANN” is much smaller.

    This build will commence as soon as I complete my Revell 1/32 scale He-219. It is a part of the new “Night Fighter” group build we have.

    So please take a seat and buckle up…………… as I try to relive a little piece of my youth.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 3 months ago:

    This is such a wonderful entry, Louis @lgardner! It will for sure look great as Hitler’s 2600!
    I have the older Revell issue in my stash, to build one day, so your build will be my reference.
    Looking forward to it!

  • Gary Brantley said 3 months ago:

    Louis, this one is going to be a favorite of mine. 🙂

    Back in the mid-80s, a Ju-52 that was attached to the former Confederate, now Commemorative Air Force based in Midland, Texas, was headed back there on it’s way from receiving a new paint job in Arkansas. They landed in Cameron around 5 PM. I was installing HVAC duct in a new house just outside of town and we were wrapping up for the day when I heard an unusual airplane sound. Looking up through the bare trees and winter sky, I saw the distinctive shape of the “Auntie Ju”, complete with WWII German markings. It was a bit eerie to say the least. I hurried out to the airport and there she sat.

    I returned with my father-in-law in tow and a small crowd had gathered; we joined in and soon were climbing aboard for a nice tour. I believe there were two men and one’s wife as crew. They spent the night in Cameron and next morning, I was there to watch their departure. They turned around at the end of the runway and promptly ran off the edge of the tarmac, getting a tire stuck in the wet ground in the process. A couple Cameron men, both WWII veterans (one had served as a B-26 pilot), drove a Chevy Suburban out to the scene and pulled the plane free. It was soon airborne and after circling the field, headed away to the Southwest. It’s still a great memory and I’ve often wondered what became of that Ju-52.

    I’m excited that you’re choosing this kit. And, looking forward to the result!

  • Pedro L. Rocha said 3 months ago:

    Tante Ju is the most iconic plane from the Junkers works. And that kit is so good that I wonder why we see so few of them actually made.
    That’s a bold livery also Louis, historically relevant for sure. Definitely to follow!!

  • Walt B said 3 months ago:

    I love that plane, and have the Revell edition in my stash. I have been looking for the aftermarket floats to put it on. I really want to do it as a float plane. I really like the civilian markings also and think it will make an impressive looking build.

  • Colin Gomez said 3 months ago:

    A Lufthansa Ju-52 will be a unique and welcome addition to the GB, Louis. Is that a grey or a natural metal finish? I haven’t seen a new build of a Ju-52 of any kind for awhile. This will be fun.

  • John Healy said 3 months ago:

    Great pick, Louis. I have one too. Eventually it will be a Condor Legion bomber.

  • John vd Biggelaar said 3 months ago:

    Fantastic choice, Louis.
    Tante Ju is a plane that should definitely be in this group build.
    I do have it on my wishlist as well, so will follow your build with great interest.

  • George R Blair Jr said 3 months ago:

    I’m buckled in for sure, Louis (@lgardner). Ju52s are really cool, especially with an uncommon paint scheme. Looking forward to the build.

  • Louis Gardner said 3 months ago:

    Spiros, @fiveten
    Thank you for the kind words. I hope that I am able to build this model properly, and have it look good once I am done with it. Please stay tuned for updates to follow, once I complete the big Revell He-219. That one has a deadline to meet, and lately I have not had much time for building.

  • Louis Gardner said 3 months ago:

    Gary, @garybrantley
    After reading your story about the Ju-52 getting stuck, and the time frame in which it happened, make me think the plane you saw and toured, very well could have seen the exact same Ju-52 that was owned by Martin Caidin, which was the inspiration to build this model.

    I was very excited , happy, nervous, with everything all wrapped up in one emotion, when Mr. Caidin asked us if we wanted to see his plane and then escorted us inside. That’s a great memory for me, just as you have yours with the tour of the plane, as well as the adventures of it getting stuck off the runway, and using the Chevy Suburban as a “tow truck”. There were not too many of these old birds flying back then, and there are even less today. From what I have read, Lufthansa purchased the plane in December of 1984, and had it flown across the Atlantic.

    This is very likely the exact same plane I saw, that you saw. It had several variations of the paint it wore when Martin Caidin owned it. They were all similar, but not exactly the same. I remember it having yellow engine cowlings, and it wore German cross markings on the wings and sides of the fuselage. Somewhere it had the name “Iron Annie” painted on it. It might have had something on the tail, but it has been a long time ago, and the little details have escaped my thoughts.

    I have three of these Ju-52’s in the stash. You just never know where this will end up…….

  • Louis Gardner said 3 months ago:

    Pedro, @holzhamer
    I agree with you about the Junkers 52 being an iconic plane. Another one they made which was even more so (in my opinion), was the Junkers 87. My vote for the most adaptable bomber airframe would go to the Junkers 88…………. I see a pattern here. 🙂

    I have been online reading about various builds that others have done, and the overall general impression on this kit is a very good one, just as you say. I think the main reason why we don’t see many built is the size. This will have a 24 inch wingspan when completed. It will take up a lot of room in the display case. I have a 1/32 scale He-111, and Ju-88, both by Revell. Something tells me these will take up even more room. But before I crack those two open, I have to finish up the 1/32 scale Uhu, and…………….. wait for it,………….. I will also bring back the 1/48 ICM He-111 that has been sitting idle for almost 3 years now. This kit is way too nice to not finish.

    In between we can start our Dornier 17Z and Mustang builds. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Louis Gardner said 3 months ago:

    Walt, @luftwaffe-birdman
    I really like the Junkers 52, just like you do. I can remember building the 1/72 scale MPC kit when I was a kid. It came with floats !!! I don’t know if anyone makes a set of floats for the Ju-52 in 1/48 scale. I do know this Revel kit comes with wheel spats, and several different armament positions. They are optional and include the gunner position up front on top by the cockpit, one further back by the “toilet”, and they also have included the retractable “dust bin” !!!

    I think this plane will look very good in Lufthansa markings with D-2600 registration numbers. Thanks for following. Take care buddy.

  • Pedro L. Rocha said 3 months ago:

    True that Louis @lgardner – this kit is quite large and so becomes a deterrent to build when your display cabinet is almost full.
    But I’ll add another reason, the one that still keeps mine in the stash… the corrugated surfaces, hard to apply decals or masks over it without some extra care and wise work ;-).

    So 3 in the stash hein… That would be a real Iron werks, there are so many possibilities in which to build that kit (even more if one of those boxes has the pre-war spats and underside MG gondola).

  • Louis Gardner said 3 months ago:

    Colin, @coling
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes this plane will look good in the Lufthansa colors. It will be a very light gray color. I have been doing some online research, and some are saying this plane “could” have been silver. Since it was originally a plane that was owned by Lufthansa, and seeing how they have painted the plane that was once owned by Martin Caidin, I think I will stick with the Light Gray. Somewhere I have read, that Lufthansa had a sample paint card, and that was somehow mixed in with either the RLM or RAL paint color decks. I can not verify this, but I do find it very interesting. Apparently, there was a specific paint formula for the color that Lufthansa used during this era, and most, if not all of their aircraft were painted in this trademark color.

    I know that you are well versed in the subject, and would like to hear what you think about this. Thanks for watching.

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