SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Airfix 1/48 Ju87 B-1 Stuka, Condor Legion - Work in progress

2646 views
54 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Airfix 1/48 Ju87 B-1 Stuka, Condor Legion - Work in progress
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:07 PM

Hi gents,

 

As there are only few steps left to completing my P-61, I thought I would slowly start a new build.

This time I picked Airfix's 1/48 Ju87 B-1 Stuka from the shelf and will be finishing it in Condor Legion markings.

 

As usual, I will be building it OOB, although I might add aftermarket seat belts or I will make them from scratch.

 

Again, I will be using my Complementary Pre-Shading method which I think was a success with my previous two builds.

 

As a result of Airfix packing all the sprues in one bag, two of the dive brake counterweights broke (pics below) so that's a good start. :)

 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:54 PM

O, nice, a Stuka, i'm in. It was a bit of a bad idea to mould those onto the airlerons in the first place (the dive brakes are under the wings towards the front).

Look forward to seeing this come along.

 

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:02 PM

Hi Bish, 

Yes, the ailerons, not the dive brakes. :) Thank you for spotting that. 

You're right, they should have been separate. 

 

I have a question - what was the true material of the munition bin in the gunner's office? Airfix instructions show it as metal, the same color as the rest of the interior, but I've seen some pics with those made from canvas or something similar. Which is correct? 

Thanks in advance! 

 

Cheers, 

Nikola

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:52 PM

I'll never pass up a Stuka WIP!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 27, 2020 7:12 AM

I take it you are reffering to the box at the rear of the gunners position on the left side. I believe this was for spent cases and i have only seen metal ones. Fabric may have been used later in the war but i've not seen it myself.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, March 27, 2020 11:13 AM

Hi Bish, 

Yes, that one. Thanks for the info. Appreciated. I will go with metal. :)

 

Cheers, 

Nikola

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:24 AM

Your welcome. I have a soft spot for the Stuka and have built a few so always happy to help.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:48 AM

I have this one in the stash.  I'll be following along. 

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:53 AM

Cool.  Been wanting to do a stuka.  Following. 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:14 PM

Hi gents,

 

A little progress with the Stuka:

 

Cockpit primed with German Dark Yellow, then "complementary pre-shaded" with German Red-Brown and highlighted with White. Next is base coat of RLM02.

 

I chose a red based hue for my complementary pre-shading method again since the RLM02 has a greenish tint to it. This time I decided to experiment with red-brown instead of plain red for pre-shading. We will see what it turns out to be.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:41 PM

Interesting idea for pre shadeing, look forward to seeing how it comes out.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:40 PM

That looks interesting. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, April 9, 2020 1:03 AM

Bish

Interesting idea for pre shadeing, look forward to seeing how it comes out.

 

 

Thanks Bish!

If you want to see where it all started here is the link to one of my earlier posts:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/183439.aspx

So far I have done a Zeke (exterior only) and a P-61 (both interior and exterior) with this method.

So far, the toughest thing for me is to control paint coverage and weathering so the effect does not get lost.

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, April 9, 2020 1:04 AM

Mopar Madness

That looks interesting. 

 

 

Thanks Chad!

As I replied to Bish, if you want to see where it all started here is the link to one of my earlier posts:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/183439.aspx

So far I have done a Zeke (exterior only) and a P-61 (both interior and exterior) with this method.

So far, the toughest thing for me is to control paint coverage and weathering so the effect does not get lost.

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Saturday, April 11, 2020 5:09 AM

Hi guys,

 

Below are a few photos of the base coat laid over the complementary pre-shading. I tried to represent the true colours as I see them in real life and this is as good as it gets for now with my photographing skills. :)

 

 

The finish itself is not great, as I realized some problems with my compressor and air pressure only after I finished painting (I noticed there was something odd during the process but was stupid and lazy enough not to check immediately). 

 

Anyhow, thanks for looking! :) 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:23 PM

Hi gents,

 

Almost out of the "office".

Everything is OOB so no seat belts and all that jazz. :)

 

You can see the subtle effects of complementary pre-shading method, but I wish it was a bit more pronounced. Next time I will try to go lighter with the base coat. Some of it gets lost in weathering and washes.

 

Most of this won't be seen anyway so it was more of a practice. :)

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 12, 2020 3:08 PM

Thats coming on nicely, i think the effects have come out well, not over done.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 3:14 PM

Looking great Nikola!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, April 19, 2020 1:28 PM

Bish

Thats coming on nicely, i think the effects have come out well, not over done.

 

 

Thanks Bish. Appreciated!

Glad you like it so far.

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, April 19, 2020 1:28 PM

Mopar Madness

Looking great Nikola!

 

 

Thank you very much Chad! Glad you like it!

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, April 19, 2020 1:29 PM

Hi gents,

 

Well , this was unexpected from Airfix's new tool kit - a gap, ca. 1mm, between the instrument panel and the fuselage! (Pics below; dry fit only)

 

Did anybody else have this issue?

 

Also, no gun sight in the kit! 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, April 20, 2020 9:33 AM

Nikola

Hi gents,

 

Well , this was unexpected from Airfix's new tool kit - a gap, ca. 1mm, between the instrument panel and the fuselage! (Pics below; dry fit only)

 

Did anybody else have this issue?

 

Also, no gun sight in the kit! 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

Hi gents,

 

The only hint I found about the "issue" is in the instructions themselves. From what I can see, the image does not show the ip going all the way up to meet the fuselage.

 

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, April 20, 2020 10:24 AM

Nikola, I think your right.  I built one during the summer of last year and don't remember having the gap. If I remember correctly, I think I added an aftermarket resin gun sight.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, April 20, 2020 1:08 PM

Mopar Madness

Nikola, I think your right.  I built one during the summer of last year and don't remember having the gap. If I remember correctly, I think I added an aftermarket resin gun sight.

 

 

Hi Chad,

Thanks for your reply!

I think that I'll just build it with the gap, and then when things return to normal again, I will look to buy an aftermarket gun sight and fill in the gap. Hopefuly it will fit. I can always make adjustments.

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, April 20, 2020 2:16 PM

That is a bit odd it fitting like that. I did check some images just to make sure i wasn't missing somthing and it should go to the top. Strange they have not added some sort of gun sight, even 72nd kits have somthing there, even if its just a blob. Quickbost has a couple of 72nd resin German gun site sets, i am sure they will do these in 48th.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, April 20, 2020 3:04 PM

Bish

Quickbost has a couple of 72nd resin German gun site sets, i am sure they will do these in 48th.

 

 

Thanks Bish,

I will definitely check them out.

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: Bent River, IA
Posted by Reasoned on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:23 PM
Looking good Nikola, I have a soft spot for the Condor Legion cool markings.

Science is the pursiut of knowledge, faith is the pursuit of wisdom.  Peace be with you.

On the Tarmac: 1/48 Revell P-38

In the Hanger: A bunch of kits

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:51 AM

Reasoned
Looking good Nikola, I have a soft spot for the Condor Legion cool markings.
 

 

Thank you very much Reasoned! Glad you like it so far!

 

Best,

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:55 AM

Hi gents,

 

With your help and your valuable info, in the end I decided to extend the ip all the way to the fuselage (pics below).

 

Another strange thing from Airfix which I have found, besides the gun sight not being provided, is that they have provided the gunner's back support strap in the kit, but haven't shown the piece in the instructions at all. I saw this back support in a few photos and recognized the piece only because of them, so I included it in the model as it gives additional interest to the cockpit in my opinion. I hope that it is in the right position because I eyeballed it (pics below).

 

Before I saw the photos I was wandering what it might have felt like for the gunner without the back support when the Stuka went into a dive! :)

 

Thanks for looking guys!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, April 23, 2020 6:17 AM

Looking good. That back support is a nice touch, though it does look a bit thick, still nice to be included. I like that they include the left gun bay. I was hoping the 72nd kits would include that as i need it for my B-1 and am goign to have to scratch build it.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

FREE NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.