RV Resin 1/72 scale Ju-88
By Allan Wanta
In the strange and wonderful land of aircraft development, no people
have tried more permutations of a single aircraft design, than did the
Germans during World War 2. The Junkers Ju-88 in this case was modified
with the nose of a future bomber, the Ju-288, in order to test aerodynamics.
Two such Ju-88s were used, the V-2 and the V-6, so they tended to be
the very early marks thus the strange landing gear.
This kit comes in the standard sturdy cardboard box we've come to
see from this Czech Republic Company. When I received this kit it was
state of the art in casting and detail - at least back in 1999. Since
then RV resin has taken the standard of resin up a notch with their
new 1/48 scale Fw-190 series. The differences are startling between
the two kits with five or so years between them.
present are a great number of cockpit details that are present in a
similar 1/72 scale LF Models Ju-88. As a matter of fact, the basis for
this resin kit is the venerable Italeri Ju-88, with modifications and
scribed panel lines. The fuselage has the extended nose, done extremely
well with excellent scribing and features; the cockpit details are sorely
lacking any continuity. The sidewalls are completely bare, even the
seats are just knock offs of the AMT kit with no modifications. One
might like to see some control boxes or panels; at least the pilot's
left side throttle console. You super detailers will have a field day,
just supposing the Eduard etch sets are available. The additional Ju-288
nose is completely devoid of internal detail, making it difficult to
let it go without putting something in it. Also, when it comes to joining
the two fuselage halves together, you must use some spreader bars in
that extended nose section so the clear canopy fits properly.
wings have been given the royal treatment, including new engine nacelles
and landing gear doors to backdate this airframe to a V-5. A problem
point is the placement of the wheel well roof in each nacelle, it must
be dry fit so it sits at the correct height, otherwise the landing gear
will cause the plane to sit too high, or too low. The landing gear is
cast in a soft white metal, a copy of the Italeri Do-217 gear and looks
as though it might not hold up the finished weight of the kit, but only
time will tell.
I found attaching the finished wings to the fuselage a bit daunting.
The wings tend to be a different thickness in height than the wing roots;
it's noticeable when viewed from the front. So some rubbing with sandpaper
took another hour out of my busy night. Don't forget to get each wing
properly dihedraled, a quick jig or supports on a flat surface will
most fiddly part of the kit are the clear vac canopies, only one set
are in the kit so be careful when cutting them out. The long greenhouse
of the original mothership Ju-88 is very thin and flexible, so rather
than trying to mask the windows, the best option is to cut painted decal
paper and apply the framing. Since all of them are straight this shouldn't
be a problem. The same holds true for the Ju-288 nose section, although
use a RLM 02 painted decal paper instead or RLM 63. A big problem was
fitting the Ju-288 canopy to the misshapen fuselage. Seeing that my
feeble efforts to brace the parts evenly spaced almost worked, the clear
part was attached and hopefully no one looks really hard at it.
construction aspect of the kit was a challenge, as with most resin kits,
but I have a sneaking suspicion the overall design may not conform to
historical documents. Nowhere have I seen a photo of the aircraft in
question, only a small paragraph stating that two early model Ju-88s
were modified with a Ju-288 nose as well as the twin tail planes, which
this kit does not model. So who is correct? Both or neither would be
my guess, until some photograph proof becomes available.
This kit rates a 6 in the fun-O-meter due to the warped parts and
lack of interior detailing that I'm used to from RV Resins. The Cool
rating is 8 cause it just looks too cool, and lastly the kit is rated
for the real die-hard Ju-88 fan who thought he/she had every version
of the 88 there was to have. Thanks RV Resin for bringing this interesting
kit into being!