1/72 scale Junkers Ju 288C is available online at Squadron.com
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||122 parts in injection
moulded grey plastic; five parts in clear injection moulded
plastic; decals for one aircraft
||USD$27.96 from Squadron.com
high-quality mouldings with fine sprue connectors; robust
engineering (locating pins and tabs throughout kit); crisp
engraved detail; injection moulded clear parts; options for
bomb bay and entry ladder
by Brett Green
The Junkers Ju 288 was one of the "Bomber B" projects
designed to replace the Junkers Ju 88 and Dornier Do 217. In the
event, the entire "Bomber B" programme was cancelled in June 1943
owing to ongoing problems with proposed powerplants and the shortage
of strategic materials.
Huma's 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 288C is packed in a sturdy box
decorated with an attractive painting of the aircraft in flight.
kit comprises 122 light grey parts on three sprues and four clear
parts. The quality of the injection-moulded plastic parts is very
impressive. The texture is smooth, surface detail is engraved,
trailing edges of flying surfaces are acceptably thin and
sprue attachment points are quite narrow. The clear parts are equally
good - a real blessing considering the prominent glasshouse nose.
The distinctive lines of this interesting aircraft are captured
well by Huma. The skinny fuselage bulges at the nose, clear blisters
protrude from the forward fuselage sides and the peculiar elliptical
shape of the engine nacelles for the DB 610 engines is authentically
This kit displays all of the characteristics of a mainstream
Locating pins are provided on all major parts, and engineering has
been well thought out to ensure simple construction and a robust fit.
For example, the landing gear is moulded integrally with the forward
bulkhead in the undercarriage bay. This guarantees both the correct
angle for the main undercarriage legs and a very strong bond.
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Huma's Ju 288C is adequately detailed for a 1/72 scale kit. The
cockpit is fitted out with seats and control column, and instruments
are supplied as decals. The bomb bay includes two enormous bombs. However the doors on the fuselage are moulded shut so some surgery
will be required if this detail is to be displayed. The detail on the
undercarriage is very nice. This aircraft featured remote-control
turrets. These are well depicted. If the glue is applied carefully the
turrets will rotate and the guns elevate too!
Instructions are supplied on a single foldout sheets using exploded
view diagrams. Markings are supplied for one aircraft. The swastikas
for the tail are presented as cross-hatched squares owing to European
laws prohibiting the publication of symbols of Nazism. These can be
adapted to provide the correct markings, or a quick trip to the decal
spares box will fix this minor problem.
I was delighted with the quality of Huma's 1/72 scale Junkers Ju
288C. It is an interesting and unique subject, and the engineering of
the kit should ensure a fast and enjoyable build.
Thanks to Squadron.com
for the review sample
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 26 October, 2001
22 July, 2003
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