Revell 1/32 Ju-87B Stuka

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Revell 1/32 Ju-87B Stuka

Joined: March 4th, 2005, 6:19 pm

April 16th, 2012, 1:46 am #1

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 5:27 am

April 16th, 2012, 3:51 am #2

Was at the local model show just today and heard one of the entrants lamenting how terrible all the 1/32 aircraft were - except his of course - because planes that large should have brake lines - and look - his has brake lines!!!!

Well, I walked up to his kit and noticed that the landing gear was crooked, the horizontal tail was crooked, and seams could be seen everywhere. But he certainly spent a lot on aftermarket.

So I quietly showed my 10 year old how adding all the little detail just creates MORE areas to screw up and you must first know how to build a model OUT OF THE BOX.

Well, sir, I know EXACTLY why your model won something - because you built a great model. No seams, even frames on the canopy, excellent alignment, no silvering of the decals and smooth paint.

Looks like a winner to me. And it's nice to see the judges voted for a well built model and weren't swayed by resin an photo etch not built as well.



Wait!!!! - I do see where you removed some plastic around the wing machine guns!!!! Revell forgot to add a fairing part over where the gun comes out of the wing. I was going to scratch-make a part to match the fairing, the bottom half of which was molded on the wing. But I see removing the bottom part of that fairing is very convincing - almost missed that - nice job - but I know this kit too well.
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Joined: February 1st, 2009, 11:49 am

April 16th, 2012, 6:39 am #3

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
Great build! I liked your approach to build this old kit oob - that way it looked exactly like the one I build more than 35 years ago as a child. Ok almost exactly - except mine was brush painted, had glue stains all over and looked like a model build by a 11 years old boy - Its fate was to be blown apart by some firework cracker....

Your model really brings back some memories.

Thanks

Olaf
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Joined: February 7th, 2011, 12:54 pm

April 16th, 2012, 9:42 am #4

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
great job on that !!
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Joined: April 27th, 2006, 9:56 pm

April 16th, 2012, 10:14 am #5

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
Nice work!
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Joined: January 20th, 2011, 4:37 am

April 16th, 2012, 10:19 am #6

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
...and it's great to see what you did out of the box. I built this one as a kid, too, (I remember using gloss Humbrol paints on it). It was quite a kit in its day, and today if handled right by the look of things.


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Joined: August 17th, 2009, 4:45 pm

April 16th, 2012, 11:06 am #7

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
Lovely model and so nicely executed, I'm very pleased to see and old Revell kit. I built this one twice!
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Joined: June 17th, 2005, 10:25 pm

April 16th, 2012, 1:58 pm #8

I've had this kit in my collection for at least 15, possibly closer to 20 years. It was something I had built in my youth, maybe when I was 12-13 years old. I've always wanted to have another crack at it and when I found one in a NYC hobby shop (back when there were NYC hobby shops!) I bought it on the spot. It was part of an estate sale, can't remember what I paid for it but it couldn't have been very much, maybe $20.

These old Revell 1/32 kits were known for operating features and removable engine panels with fairly detailed engines. I decided to build this one straight out of the box, leaving all the operating features. The canopies slide, propeller turns and engine cowlings come off to show the decently detailed Jumo engine. This particular aircraft has been debated for years, was the snake actually red or desert sand colored, was it painted on both sides, what colors were used in the camouflage, etc. Since little is known with any certainty, I decided to just try to capture the box art instead of going for historical accuracy. I built it straight out of the box, as defined by IPMS rules, the only thing that didn't come in the box was the paint, glue and antennae wire. Even the 40+ year old kit decals were used, along with a gallon of Solveset to get them to conform to all those rivets!













I finished it up last Friday, the day before the Mosquitocon show held annually in Wayne NJ. It placed 3rd in a very highly competitive 1/32 Aircraft category (which included biplanes, prop and jets). I am very proud of the fact that I was able to build a competitive model from a 40+ year old kit, going up against several modern click together wonders from Hasegawa and Tamiya.

Now to figure out where to display this 17 inch wingspan memory!

Tory
Very nice job on that old biscuit, but I would have dinged you for the unrestored rivets on the seam areas.
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Joined: March 4th, 2005, 6:19 pm

April 16th, 2012, 3:09 pm #9

Was at the local model show just today and heard one of the entrants lamenting how terrible all the 1/32 aircraft were - except his of course - because planes that large should have brake lines - and look - his has brake lines!!!!

Well, I walked up to his kit and noticed that the landing gear was crooked, the horizontal tail was crooked, and seams could be seen everywhere. But he certainly spent a lot on aftermarket.

So I quietly showed my 10 year old how adding all the little detail just creates MORE areas to screw up and you must first know how to build a model OUT OF THE BOX.

Well, sir, I know EXACTLY why your model won something - because you built a great model. No seams, even frames on the canopy, excellent alignment, no silvering of the decals and smooth paint.

Looks like a winner to me. And it's nice to see the judges voted for a well built model and weren't swayed by resin an photo etch not built as well.



Wait!!!! - I do see where you removed some plastic around the wing machine guns!!!! Revell forgot to add a fairing part over where the gun comes out of the wing. I was going to scratch-make a part to match the fairing, the bottom half of which was molded on the wing. But I see removing the bottom part of that fairing is very convincing - almost missed that - nice job - but I know this kit too well.
And you caught me on the wing guns! I just couldn't leave the clunky fairing as molded on the part alone. It spoiled what was otherwise a pretty nice representation of the aircraft!

Although I believe it would stil qualify for out of the box as I didn't add anything...
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Joined: March 4th, 2005, 6:19 pm

April 16th, 2012, 3:10 pm #10

Great build! I liked your approach to build this old kit oob - that way it looked exactly like the one I build more than 35 years ago as a child. Ok almost exactly - except mine was brush painted, had glue stains all over and looked like a model build by a 11 years old boy - Its fate was to be blown apart by some firework cracker....

Your model really brings back some memories.

Thanks

Olaf
Glad it brought back some memories for you. It certainly did for me!
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