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Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Bish » Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:10 am

And my second build, 72nd Stuka no 8. My 4th Fujimi build and second of their D's. Made a start on the Stuka last weekend, this is the kit, i am doing the subject on the box art, S7+AA.

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The instructions say it a D-1, but the photo's clearly show the thicker armoured pilots windscreen of a D-3.

I'm useing an Eduard PE set along with a few other AM parts. The Aires resin pit designed for the Academy kit will fit in this, as i found out when i built a D-5, but as i had the Eduard set anyway, figured i would use it. The PE set is missing some detail thats in the resin one, but i'll use some parts from the spares box to fill it out.

I got the PE parts fitted painted and dry brushed. Also drilled out the hole and fitted a quickboost resin compass.

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I also got the wings together, cut out the molded landing light and fitted the guns. There are 2 options for the wing guns in the kit. One with exposed barrel tips for the D-1 and another with extended fairing and covered opening for the D-3. But photo's show that both variants could have either. I am guessing the covered fairings are to stop dirt getting in to the barrels on take off, and the covers do seem to be fited more often to aircraft in dusty enviroments, such as the desert. The photo's of the aircraft i am doing are not that clear, but it does look more like the covered option so thats what i fitted.

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Got most of the major parts fitted to the Stuka including fitting a quickboost compass and getting the wings on once the fuselage was together. No major fit issues as i expected.

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Then got the canopy on and all the sub assemblies ready. As you can see i am leaving the undercarrage off. I've also learnt my lesson when it comes to adding actuators and balances to soon, have had to scratch more of those than i care to remember, so i am painting them seperatly.

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It got a primer coat followed by the undersides being painted, so will be able to mask off in a day or so.

And i saw on Scalemates that Special Hobby are re-boxing the lovely Academy G-2 into 2 seperate issues, a D-5 and a D-5N/D-8. Thats great news, hopfully they will do the same with the G-1 to produce a new D-1/D-3.

Now, if someone would just produce a C.
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby LyleW » Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:16 am

The interior looks really good. I admire your successful use of the PE. I still haven't gotten that far. She is coming along nicely.
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Stikpusher » Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:10 am

:hmm: oh very nice so far! So this one will be in Afrika colors?
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Medicman71 » Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:50 am

Wow, that built up quick! That's very cool.
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Bish » Tue Feb 01, 2022 4:23 am

Thanks guys.

Lyle, i still struggle with it at times even though i have been useing it for years.

Carlos, yes, this aircraft was pictures at Siwa Oasis in late 1942. Though there is not to much desert paint on it judging from the photo's.

Mike, it does go together quite fast, not an awful lot to these kits but i do still like them.
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby tempestjohnny » Tue Feb 01, 2022 6:06 am

:hmm: Bish is doing a Stuka ........ :bow:
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Bish » Tue Feb 01, 2022 6:28 am

I knopw, shock horror :grin:
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Stikpusher » Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:14 am

Bish wrote:Carlos, yes, this aircraft was pictures at Siwa Oasis in late 1942. Though there is not to much desert paint on it judging from the photo's.


Possibly one of those combined schemes of the desert colors applied partially over the continental colors? I like those.
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby keavdog » Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:33 am

Oh nice. I love a good Stuka!
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Re: Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

Postby Bish » Tue Feb 01, 2022 2:46 pm

Thanks John.

Carlos, ye, it is. But while some profiles some sand right along the fuselage, the phoro's only show it in 2 spots under the canopy, and it seems to be where the added external armour would be but has been removed. Not to sure about the wings, the instructions don't match what little can be seen in photo's, so i'm going to have to wing that one.
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