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Promodler 1/48 JU 88 A4

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    April, 2010
Promodler 1/48 JU 88 A4
Posted by Theuns on Sunday, February 11, 2018 12:54 AM

I am not really impressed with this kit sofar, fit is tricky and there are no locator pins to help.

Cockpit detail is nice, I just added wire harnasses.

I think the detail will not be as sharp under the glass so I used decals for seatbelts. 

Pannel lines on the fuselage do not match up, I had to sand them down and re-scribe.

 1/48 JU 88 A4 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 1/48 JU 88 A4 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 1/48 JU 88 A4 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

I hope the fit of the front fuselage to rear will be good....

Theuns

  • Member since
    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:05 AM

I am building this kit too and agree it is quirky.  It's a reboxed Dragon kit and Dragon was trying to save money by creating molds where they could swap a couple of parts trees in the kits to sell the different versions of ju-88s.

This creates weird assembly steps, extra seams to fill and alignment issues.  Also the instructions are full of errors so use good reference picks.  Don't you love the lack of alignment pins.  

The instructions are very poor when it comes to the canopy. The three piece top canopy can be difficult to line up during install.  Do lots of dry fitting.  I ended up gluing the two rear halves together first and installing as one unit.

Also how about that weird textured plastic and no, the cockpit half does not line up well to the fuselage.  Also the goofy wing tips that Dragon decided to mold separate do not line up well either.  I had to thin in some places and add shims in others.  Lots of dry fitting.

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:13 AM

Glad to have a heads up on this kit. I think I actually have it in true Dragon form as a Mistel kit. Detail work looks sharp so far Theuns.

 

Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:17 AM

Also for some odd reason the rear upper part of the cockpit section is not complete all the way to the top, there is clearly a reccessed area in the rear fuse what I can only think a seperate bulkhead has to go but none on the trees...

I made a bulkhead from plastic card as the gaping hope just looks wrong.

The same I think will be needed in the wheelwells.

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:57 AM
I built the G version from Dragon a couple of years ago. I attached the nose half to each side and then glued the fuselage together as one. Do the same for the wingtips. It does make into a nice kit just take some modelling to build it

 

  • Member since
    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Monday, February 12, 2018 7:25 AM

There is a small part that will cover that hole in the rear upper part of the cockpit.  Yet another weird part so dragon could do the part mix and match thing.  That little part creates more weird seams.  Do a lot of test fitting before committing to glue on this build, it will save you a lot of filling and sanding.

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:56 AM

Here are the big parts ready for filling and sandin.....allot of it :-(

 IMG_20180214_084410 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:16 AM

A great modeler can make a bad model look fantastic.  

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Posted by Theuns on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:02 AM

I managed to stuff up the canopy when trying to join the 2 halves :-(

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, February 19, 2018 2:26 AM
I wasn't crazy about this one either. I thought it was forgettable .I remember having issues with the canopy glass as well.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, February 19, 2018 10:10 AM

Man that brings back memories...or more likely nightmares.  I had the night figther version and I wanted to make a bomber version.  Only problem was the night fighter had only one rear canopy gun so I had to use a melted clear sprue to fabricate one of those clear gunports. 

 On the bench 1/48 Heinkel He-219 Uhu.   Woo Hoo!

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