Revell of Germany's release of the civil variant of the Tante-Ju brings to four the number of multi-engine Golden Age airliners available as 1/48 injected kits. The other three are Monogram's venerable C-47/DC-3, Classic Airframes Lockheed Model 14 and the Battle Axe Beech 18.
The kit is basically the same as the previously released military versions, with important exceptions, and actually includes a lot of the parts for the military variants. The instruction sheet is the typical Revell layout with the colour callouts for Revell paints. The kit is molded in a silver gray plastic that is the same as used for their other Junkers transport models, 1/72 F-13 and 1/144 G-38. The fuselage is all new and molded on three sprues, two silver (fuselage and interior) and one clear (passenger cabin windows).
The interior is fully reproduced from the cockpit back to the lav (which is complete with toilet, folding sink, mirror and a dispenser of some sort). The interior can be built in either a 12 passenger open config or an 11 passenger smoking cabin config. The smoking cabin uses a second bulkhead aft of the cockpit and the seats mount at an angle from the centreline of the aircraft, a table is in place of the twelfth seat. The one-piece cabin floor has the seat mounting holes for both configs molded in, so you will need to fill the unused holes. The seats are three piece assemblies with textured seat cushions and magazine pockets on the backs. The cabin overhead features light assemblies and luggage racks. Luggage bay hatches, aft fuselage and belly, are detailed on both sides so you can cut them out and display them open. The underside of the cabin floor has the belly luggage bay dividers (spars?) molded in place.
Markings are included for three aircraft. D-ALYL the 1936 Olympics bird with the Olympic Rings on the side, D-AQUI Lufthansa's restored JU-52, and a British Overseas Airways aircraft Gatwick 1948. D-ALYL and D-AQUI are in the familiar Lufthansa Silver(Aluminum) and Black, the BOA aircraft is all Silver(Aluminum). Only D-ALYL uses the wheel pants.
Overall the kit is very nice and will build up into an impressive display piece. The long life and widespread usage of this aircraft gives us a widerange of possibilities in marking and airframe variations. Now if the aftermarket decalmakers produce some of the more interesting schemes we'll be set.