Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

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Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Bish » Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:53 am

Start this a couple of weeks ago.This is my 7th 72nd Ju 87. While i do like the Fujimi kit, this new Airfix one is clearly a step up in detail. I know the Fujimi kit is a little oversize, i have not yet compared this one to scale plans but i will at some point. Going over the kit, there are a few things i think they could have done better, but to some degreee these are largely personal preferance. As its a Stuka, i do tend to be a bit picky.

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I will be ading some Eduard PE and Quickboost resin.

The first thing i checked when i got the kit was the supercharger intake. At least one of the marking options is a Trop Stuka, but unfortunatly Airfix did not include the larger Trop intake. This still leaves only the Italeri kit with this option. This is not an issue for this build as i won't be useing the kit markings, but i would pike to have the option of doing Trop Stuka's and unfortuantly the AM market has still not provided any option for this.

As usual, i started with the pit. The kit detail is very nice as it is, so the PE spruces up whats there.

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The gunners seat should just be a frame, but as i am adding the gunner, its not an issue.

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This was a bit odd. Never seen this reccess underneath before, i had to look it up. There should be a fairing over this. Its a nice option for a dio scene, but it would have been better is the fairing was included. All the pics i have seen in flight show this covered and i can't imagine they would leave it open and rick damage to the wiring. I will use some filler for this.

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After paint and dry brushing, i added the pre coloure PE.

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And then got the fuselage together. The centre piece with the seats wil fit up from underneath later.

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More soon.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby LyleW » Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:47 am

Never built a Stuka. An odd duck, effective, but a good target, too...you are doing top notch work here! Looks great.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Floki » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:21 am

Always like to see a stuka being built!
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Bish » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:23 am

Thanks guys.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Medicman71 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:35 am

Very cool! It is odd that they didn't give you a cover for that area.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Bish » Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:34 pm

Thanks Mike. I know, but then i thought it odd they made it expose in the first place.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Bish » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:14 am

Time for another update. I got the cockpit fitted which go in from underneath. It was a very tight fit and i had hope to dry fit. But i couldn't remove it for risk of breaking somthing so i ended up clamping it in place as it could have done with some sanding down. One very nice touch on this kit is the addition of the pilots target viewing window. Its attache to a box structure which i had not seen before. I can find any pic of a B pit where you can see it. But i did find an image in a new book i recently got which show in from a training manuel. What is mssing is the external cover to the window which always seems to be closed when on the ground. Fortunatly the Eduard set has that part.

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The recess around the centre bomb carrier was fille. Not perfect as there are a couple of small openings. But once the bomb is attached this should not be noticed.

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And then all the final touches to get it ready for priming. The instructions only have you fit the siren mount but the kit does include the sirens. The only image of the aircraft i am doing is a profile in an Osprey book which only shows the mounts. But as i have no photo of it and there is no saying the sirens were not fitted and later removed. As i have no Stuka with the siren, i felt it was well over due. So i fitted it. I also added wing guns and pitot from Quickboost.

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Now its all together, i can see that IMHO, this is the best 72nd Ju 87B. Clearly the detail is far better than the 30+ year old Fujimi kit. Other than sliding in the pit, the fit is very nice, just a touch of filler along the wing join with the fuselage. The addition on the window under the fuselage is a nice touch. There are just a few small things which stop this kit being perfect. A cover for the window and a larger Trop filter would be great additions. Its also missing the IFF antenna from under the fuselage. oddly Eduard does not include it even though they do on the set for the Fujimi kit and hopefully i have a spare Fujimi one in the spares box.

The one thing i really don't like is how Airfix mold the open canopy with the pilots section molded onto the fixed centre piece. Will have a pic of that next time.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby LyleW » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:15 am

This is coming along swimmingly! Looking good. And it is making me want one. Must resist.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby Floki » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:51 am

Looks amazing! Kind of odd it's missing the IFF antenna but that part should be easy to scratch build if you can't find a extra.
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Re: Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

Postby BlackSheep214 » Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:58 am

Looking good, Bish! I haven't done a Stuka kit since the late 70s.
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