Sorry - a lot of you probably won't have spoken with me as I'm a through and through WWII Armour Modeller and only tend to find myself on the GB and Armour sections (usually 1/35, usually early war and usually Axis).
Anyway, as the thread title suggests, I want to build an aircraft. Apart from building a couple of Spits and 109's when I was very young I haven't attempted to seriously build anything with wings!
I do know that I want to build a Stuka. I'm not sure about cockpit detailing or leaving exposed engines etc yet but the option may be nice?
I plan to do some research and top up on my Stuka knowledge - it's definately a favourite of mine and more than once I've heard of it being described as 'Flying Artillery' so it would be an ideal addition to the cabinet.
I've looked back through books and magazines and recall seeing a Stuka painted in 'Night Fighter' colours - I liked that but am not sureif that was a 'what-if' scheme or real.
Our model club has a table at a show being held here in England in a couple of weekends time. It's a pretty big show with many a bargain to be had! Apart from buying an armour kit I'll be on the lookout for my Stuka - can anyone recommend a good, solid Stuka kit? I like a bit of Brass and PE btw but obviously not essential! So I have an idea of scale can anyone tell me the length and wingspan of both a 1/48 and 1/32 Stuka?
Say it ain't so Ben !!! 1/48 Stuka wingspan might be about 12" Aircraft,a whole diffrent ball game,but still lotsa fun,diffrent challenges.Sometime ago I built the Hasegawa Tankbuster with the 37mm cannons on each wing,very cool you might like that variant.Most aircraft kits don't come with a lot of extras,you may have to pick up the extra details.Eduard and Airies come to mind as good AM companies.Don't forget to keep us posted.
Post by modelfreak72 on Mar 8, 2013 10:24:24 GMT -5
Hey Ben! Welcome to the darkside! The 1/32 Stuka is huge, about 30in wingspan! The Hasegawa 1/48 is your best bet. Eduard makes a nice color PE set for the Stuka and I will highly recomend that you get the masking for it. It's almost as bad as trying to mask a japanese plane!
Welcome to the world of wingy thnigs. I don't have any experiance with 48th kits, and my only experiance with 32nd is looking at them in the box waiting for the day i can build one.
I would say that with most modern kits, even in my chosen scale of 72nd, you can get a pretty decent build OOB if you don't feel up to loads of AM. But the general rule is, the smaller the scale, the more choice you have.
As for a Stuka in Night Scheme, no its not a what if. Late in the war, many Stuka were forced to operate at night. They were fitted with flame dampeners and painted accordanly. But you would have to go for a D model. I just checked Hannants, which i am sure you have done also, and there is a new Hase kit due out, a D-3N. Given that i now nothing about the kits in this scale, i would go for one of the Hase kits, all are under 40 quid so you are withing budget.
Wait a minute! I thought Ben lost his virginity long time ago. Ohhh wingy thing... oops! Back to the Stuka topic... I am following this with keen interest because I want Stuka to be my first wingy build. Just don't ask me when...
well opinions are like certain body parts that we all have! <g> For a 1/48th Axis aircraft, I'd be looking for a Zvezda BF109F4 without a second thought. I've got two of them, and have decided that I'm going to need two more of them before long! Without a doubt the best 109 in any scale! I'd kinda like to build a JU87 one of these days, but like you; I'm undecided on which kit. I do see a lot of nice builds off of just about everybrand. Another fantastic kit to look out for (if you don't mind 1/72) is the Revell JU88. Without question the best JU88 out there (I also need two more of these kits). The Tamiya He162 kits are nice, and their Me262's are also pretty nice (both 1/48th). gary
I'll have a chat with the fellas at the meeting tonight and see what they say. No doubt one of them will be happy to walk around the show we are at in a couple of weeks to help me pick the right stuff.
Hasegawa 1/48 it is - 1/32 sounds a tad 'wide'!
Thanks again chaps, it won't be straight away but I'll make a start on getting every together asap - this should be fun!
Ben, the B is the early models, first introduced in 1938 and used in Spain. This is probably the most well known model as it was the model used during the early war Blitzkrieg and the BoB. The D first entered service in 1942 and went on until the end of the war. As Luigi rightly says, the cannon armed version was the G. The cannons were 37mm Flak guns. The G entered service in 1943 and its use was pinoneered by the great Hans Rudel.But the G didn't replace the D, they were used alongside each other.
Hasegawa do a pretty good Typhoon in 1/48. You can get the bubble top or the car door type. The fuselage fit is a little unusual since the area around the cockpit is built up from seperate parts so that either canopy setup can be accommodated by Hasegawa...saves on tooling costs.
On topic...kits by Hasegawa...especially 1/48 and 1/32 are generally pretty forgiving. I'd also have to give a nod to Tamiya because their aircraft kits are beautiful despite the smaller range of types available.
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Hello Ben and welcome to the world of wingy thingies. Those things that buzz around above the ground crawlers and generally make life quite difficult for them. I will keep a weather eye out for this build.
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