All of my fans of palaeo art-dont worry, more dinosaurs will come soon- at the mment i am workig on an infographic of Atrociraptor but for the moment I wanna show you this beauty: A Ju 87 the infamous dive bomber of the third reich.
Backround: After Ernst Udet visited america in the 1930, he was shown some Curtiss HAwk dive bombers. He was impressed by those aircraft and came back to germany and requested the rlm to built their own dive bomber. The companies Heinkel, Arado and Junkers participated. Heinkel came up with the technologically high developed Heinkel He 118, Arado had the biplane arado 81 and Junkers designed the Junkers Ju 87. During the tests the 87 prooved to be the winner and was the designated new frontline combat dive bomber of the newly formed german Luftwaffe. It was first tested at the spanish civil war. These A models had big fixed landing gears which produced much more drag than the mlater versions. But the 87s prooved to be highly effective. As horizontal bombers had to gamble where they drop their bombs, they were not as precise as a dive bomber which could precisely deliver its payload to its target. In the spanish civil war, the 87 was highly effective and although the 87 was said to be outdated but thanks to ernst udet, the Junker machine which by then had become loved by its pilots, was kept in service. In the poland campaign, the new Ju 87 B which had improoved aerodynamics was used to bomb polish cities away. The dive brakes of the 87 were under the wings and could send the plane in the matters of a second into its dive. The stuakwas the first plane in the war which shot down an enemy plane The luftwaffe found out that the very sound of a diving stuka would frighten people. So the Ju 87 was equipped with two sirens on the landing gear. These produced a shrieking sound when diving. Theses sirens are infamously known as the Trompeten von Jericho(Jericho trumpetes). The sound of a diving stuka is still a very famous sound of war. The Ju 87 was highly succesful in the early war campaigns. Which total german air superiority, the stuka wrecked havoc among the germans enemys. The Stuka was loved by its pilots and it was used for propaganda as well . A Ju 87 was easy recognizable due to its "grinning" cooler, its wings and of course the siren. I the BAttle of britain the stuka was shot down in bigger numbers cause it wasnt protected by fighters.The stuka was withdrawn because of that from the english front. It also served in North Africa where it was again a very succesful weapon. It was perfectly suited for the blitzkrieg tactic. Africa stukas very camouflaged with brown stripes over the standard dark greeen/black green cam scheme. The next battle ground was the russian front, where the stuka again was used succesfully to bomb away russian targets, including tanks , buildings troops and railways. As the war went bad for the germans and as the t 34 came up, the stukas were withdrawn from their dive bombing role and some of thenow designated D models which became the most built variant were transformed into G1 and G2 versions which had 2 3,7 cm cannons under their wings, each with 6 rounds. The se were highly succesful tank destroyers and feared by the russians a lot.Because of those big cannons, these stuak got nicknames like Stuka mit den langen stangen or Kanonenvogel (cannon bird) or Panzerknacker (tank buster). The dive brakes in those planes were taken off. Hans Ulrich rudel, the highest decorated geran soldier flew those tank busters and destroyed 519 tanks and even heavily damaged a cruiser with the stuka. He flew the stuka till war end. Stukas were used till the war ended and over 5000 were produced. The Ju 87 was the most succesful dive bomber of the second world war and it is wit no doubt the most feared aircraft of wwii, because it brough the terror of the blitzkrieg screaming toward the target. Today only 2 complete stukas remain, while germany has 2 wrecks of the stuak(I personally stood in front of one, although its nice to have a stuak wreck I would be more satisfied if there would be a complete one, cause I would really love to see one -of course it would be even more awesome to see a flying one
tHE MODEL KIT
iT IS FROM REVELL AND IT IS THE THIRD TIME i AM BUILDING THIS ONE: It is in 1:72 and cost 9,99€ I have to say that I really love the ju 87 because in my eyes it looks very appealing, espeacially the D version I also love the siren sound-dunno why, i simply like it.
Detail: The detail is nice, although I think the cockpit could be better. Still, its satisfying
Fittting: I had no problems with fitting. Everything fitted perfect.
Functions: The functions are awesome. We have a spinnable propeller, movable wheels and a canopy that can slide back ond forward.
Decals: Decals look good, but I think they could be better when it comes to terms of numbers. I dont know if these are all the decals but it just seems that thre are too few, but the quality is awesome
Extrapoints: As I said, I simply love the Ju 87 , and the mode is awesome too. It is very nice and I was finally able to built this moel perfectly.I REALLY LIKE THE MODEL KIT
Fazit: It is all in all a very nice kit, and I really like it. A beginner could assemble it and it is a satisfying solution for everyone who wants to have a ju 87 in that scale.My final rating of this awesome kit is