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||Crisp panel lines; accurate outline;
interesting subject; big wingspan;
||Lots of flash - plenty of cleanup
required; oversimplified instructions; bulged canopy panel not depicted; some
reinforcement of major joins recommended.
||Recommended for experienced modellers
Reviewed by Mick Evans
Mach 2's 1/72
scale Ju 352 is available online from
The Junkers Ju 352 was a mid-war development by the Junkers firm to replace
the venerable Ju 52 in the transport and cargo role.
The Ju 352 was initially designed as a metal aircraft. However, with raw
materials in short supply, Junkers addressed the problem with a wooden design
resulting in the production version of the Ju 352. The aircraft featured larger
cargo capacity and a hydraulically operated rear-loading ramp called a
Trapoklappe enabling easier loading and the carriage of small vehicles. The
rear-loading ramp lifted the aircraft to the horizontal position as the ramp was
This design moved away from the traditional corrugated skin employed on earlier
Junkers designed transport aircraft. This aircraft is smooth skinned and is
powered by three powerful engines driving three bladed propellers. Defensive
armament was in the form of a single MG 151 20-mm cannon mounted in a powered
turret behind the main cabin. A total of 2 prototypes, plus 10 JU 352A-0 and 33
JU352A-1 were completed before the end of the war.
Mach 2 has recently released their 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 352A.
The Mach 2 kit is moulded in a brittle green plastic with crisp panel lines. The
parts are not without moulding flash and need fairly significant clean up before
assembly can begin. The cabin windows in particular need to be scoured of flash
and squared up.
The main undercarriage legs require a good clean up and sharpening of the detail
would improve them dramatically. The main gear legs and wheels suggest that the
Junkers company has adopted commonality of components, as they seem to be
identical to the JU 88/188 series.
The cockpit is sparsely outfitted and leaves plenty of scope for extra detail to
be added if the modeller desires. The cargo cabin has no detail at all and this
would need to be addressed if you chose to open the crew door or loading ramp.
The engines and nacelles will suffice for the average modeller, but can easily
be detailed to enhance the look. The peculiar exhaust stacks for the
nose-mounted engine has been provided and captures the look well. The main
undercarriage bays have reasonable floor detail provided.
The wings are long! And almost look out of proportion to the fuselage. I suggest
that, because of their length, some bracing may be needed between the two wings
in the fuselage to reinforce the strength of the fuselage halves.
The instructions are very simplified and construction needs to be planned, as
you may end up gluing the wings together before installing the undercarriage
floor. The transparencies are typical Mach 2 and require a fair amount of
polishing to make them smooth. This is not well depicted in the instructions.
Colours are for an aircraft in typical RLM 70/71/65, and not having much
reference on the JU 352 other than a black and white nose ¾ photo, I cannot
comment on the colours or markings provided. The decals look quite sharp and
thin, but you need to use the box art for positioning of the markings.
Interestingly, the box art incorrectly depicts a Ju 352 with Ju 252 double bogie
As I have no line drawings for a Ju 352 I cannot comment on the accuracy of the
Ju 88 style of undercarriage supplied with the kit. However, everything looks
correct by the photo that I have except for the main glazing at the cabin. This
should have a blown/bulged panel at the side to allow some rearward vision.
Overall this is quite a nice kit, but should only be attempted by modellers
with a good level of experience.
I am looking forward to assembling the kit and recommend it to all Luftwaffe
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