Miniwing 1/144 Junkers Ju 287
On looking in the box my first impression was that this would be a quite straight forward model to build, there were virtually no air bubbles but there was a slight break-up of the razor thin wing trailing edges. My only real concern was the cockpit glazing, I thought that it is not going to be easy to get it right.
I found that before the wings could be fitted to the fuselage the roots had to be filed to an angle to give the correct dihedral, this aircraft had a quite marked amount of dihedral. To get this right I found that it was a good idea to lay the fuselage upside down and to fit the wings so that the tips just touched the building board, this is without the fin and rudder fitted of course.
So far so good, or that was what I thought, in fact I had forgotten to weight the nose.
And so to the painting, I sprayed the underside RLM65 blue but I then realised that masking the underside with the undercarriage in position was going to be very difficult. In fact I broke both undercarriage legs; I would advise painting the model before fitting the undercarriage.
Overall a relatively simple model to build, and an unusual subject that stands out in a collection. It would be quite an attractive aircraft if only it had a retractable undercarriage, with this change it would make an interesting 'what if'.
Thanks to Miniwing for the review kit.