Junkers Ju 88A-4
by John Darlington
scale Ju 88A-4 is
available online from
Here is my 1/48 scale Dragon/DML Junkers Ju 88A-4.
The model was labelled as a C-6 but all the necessary 'extra' parts to
do the A-4 were included.
I started this kit about five years ago and used
the Eduard PE detail set to detail the cockpit, wheel wells and engine
fronts, although the cockpit hardly needs it. I must say that this would
have to be the most difficult kit I've ever built, not in terms of
number of parts etc but the overall fit of the parts was atrocious.
After completing the fuselage, assembling the wings
and other sub-assemblies it came time to bring it all together and I
couldn't get the wings to fit the fuselage, the engine nacelles to fit
the wings. It all became so frustrating I did what I usually do, that is
resist the temptation to 'fly it into the nearest wall', and stick it
back in it's box for another day.
Well, about four and a half years later, after
discovering 'Mr Surfacer' (from HyperScalers I might add) I suddenly got
the urge to have another go. Mr Surfacer was the answer to all the
filling problems I had struck earlier and suddenly the model was well on
it's way to being completed.
I used Revell decals after a generous 'wet look'
application of Humbrol gloss paint and they silvered like crazy. I don't
know what was wrong with them as I don't usually have this problem.
After painting the only other task which was not so
much of a problem as just tedious was masking all the canopy 'glass'
with Tamiya masking tape and this took about 3 weeks.
Once painting was complete I could not for the life
of me get the three main canopy parts to fit together and fit the model.
I filed, sanded and even cracked one part but it still isn't a good fit.
It was a big sigh of relief when I finally finished
my Ju 88 about five months ago and I don't think I will be building
another one. There's far too many models and too little lifetime as it
is. Hope you like it.
Thanks to Craig Sargent for the photos.
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