Junkers Ju 88S-1/T-1
AMtech's 1/72 scale Junkers
Ju 88S (photo source - AMtech)
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|Catalogue No. &
||USD$21.98 Recommended Retail Price
|Contents and Media:
||94 pieces in long-run injection
moulded plastic; 8 parts in clear injection moulded plastic
||High quality mouldings (sourced from
AMT); crisp recessed panel lines; welcome variation on available kits;
great colour schemes; excellent quality decals with six options (three for
forthcoming Ju 88S-3/T-3).
||No engine cooling fans; tricky fit
in some areas (including engine nacelles); funny shaped spinner and
Reviewed by Brett Green
AMtech's Ju 88S-1/T-1 may be ordered online from
AMtech has embarked on a two-pronged release strategy. They are
releasing brand new mouldings including the Ta 183 and the forthcoming
Black Widows in 1/48 scale; and they have also taken advantage of several
dormant AMT moulds to package new variants of some older favourite kits.
The first example of the latter strategy was their 1/48 scale P-40E.
The next new variation on the AMT theme is a 1/72 scale Junkers Ju
The Ju 88S was an attempt to create a faster, multi-role variant with
the installation of BMW801D air-cooled radial engines, the deletion of the gondola, and
the reduction of the crew to three. The Ju 88S-1 was the bomber version.
This model featured a bomb load of only 1,000 kg to maximise
performance. The Ju 88T-1 was the fairly rare reconnaissance version.
AMtech's 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 88S-1/T-1 kit includes all the correct
components to create either the bomber or the reconnaissance aircraft.
Most of the kit parts have been seen in the AMT Ju 88 releases of the
early 1990s - the core fuselage, wing, undercarriage and cockpit parts in
all the kits, the tail components in the A and C variants and the BMW801D
engines in the Ju 88G kit - but never in this combination. The unique
distinguishing element of the Ju 88S and T series, the streamlined clear
nosecone, is supplied on a new sprue of transparent parts.
94 styrene parts are supplied, along with 8 parts in clear. The
moulding quality of all the parts is very impressive - no sink marks,
scars or other visible blemishes on any of the parts. Surface detail is by
way of fine, crisp recessed panel lines.
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Detail is adequate in the cockpit. The wheels wells are simplified to
ensure a solid bond for the undercarriage gear, but the main gear doors
are closed on the ground anyway so the detail will not be greatly missed.
The solid moulded actuators for the ailerons and flaps look a little
chunky when viewed side-on, but they will be acceptable to most modellers
Ron's Resin replacement Ju 88G-1 / S / T nacelle set
main omission from the kit is the engine cooling fans. Being at the very
front of each engine nacelle, these fans were very prominent and it will
be quite obvious that they are missing. In the same general area, the
shape of the spinner is a bit too conical, and the propeller blades should
be slightly slimmer in the middle with a smoother curve along their
length. These problems are directly inherited from the original AMT Ju 88G
In my collection, I have a correction set from Ron's Resin for the old
AMT kit (pictured to the right) which will be equally applicable to the
AMtech Ju 88S/T kits. The simple set comprises a one-piece nacelle, plus a
separate cooling fan and spinner presented in resin. This correction set
will also address the tricky fit of the nacelle parts reported by
modellers who have built the Ju 88G-1 variant. I have test-fitted the
nacelles against the kit with very encouraging results. It will be a
simple matter to sand the curve on both sides of each propeller blade as a
final correction before assembly.
Six decal options are provided, although only three are applicable to
the Ju 88S-1/T-1. The three applicable options are:
Ju 88S-1 of 4./KG 1 in France 1944.
Wave-Mirror pattern in RLM 76 over standard 70/71 camouflage.
Ju 88S-1 of 3./KG 66 in France during 1944.
RLM 75 mottle over 76 on upper surfaces; Black lower surfaces with a high
demarcation line on the rear fuselage.
Ju 88T-1 of 2.(F)/123 in Italy during 1943.
Standard 70/71/65 camouflage.
The remaining markings will be used on the Jumo-powered Ju 88S-3/T-3
kit due for release in the coming months.
AMtech's Junkers Ju 88S-1/T-1 will be a very welcome addition to any
1/72 scale Ju 88 collection. These aircraft certainly carried amongst the
most colourful and varied camouflage finishes of any Ju 88 variant.
The AMtech kit is well moulded and generally accurate. Decals are
excellent. With the addition of engine cooling fans, a faithful replica of
this fast bomber and reconnaissance aircraft will be possible with very
little extra effort.
Thanks to AMtech for the review sample.
AMtech models are available
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future releases, please see their
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