Revell 1/32 Ju-88A-1

KIT #: 4728
PRICE: @$61.00
DECALS: Three options
REVIEWER: Francisco Santoro
NOTES: Throttle quadrant doesn't fit on its intended place. Rudder pedals interfere with the placement of the nose transparency.


"The Ju 88's career began with an invitation to Tender from the RLM for a fast bomber. After the first prototype many modifications were made including more powerful engines and a stretched fuselage with a newly designed nose area. This, the second prototype, took to the air on 2nd February 1938. In March 1939 the 5th prototype Ju 88V-5 had already achieved the first international FIA World Speed Record for a 1000km closed circuit flown between Dessau and the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain with a 2000kg payload. The Ju 88 achieved an average speed of 517km/h, a speed most fighters of the time couldnīt achieve! Series production started with the Ju 88A-1. In order to comply with the requirements of the RLM, which requiered the Ju 88 to be used also as a dive bomber, the production aircraft was equipped with dive brakes under the wings. In service these quickly turned out to be the Achilles Heel of the Ju 88. After dive bombing attacks it soon became apparent that the wings had warped under the load of deployed dive brakes. As a result, dive bombing attacks at an angle greater than 50° were forbidden. At the same time, Junkers began work on a new wing which as well as a greater wingspan also received curved wingtips. Until now, the wing and ailerons lay completely open at the tips. This new wing was soon introduced onto the production lines and the remaining aircraft were fitted retrospectively. Together with some smaller modifications the model was continued as the Ju 88A-5. It was in effect an interim measure prior to the already planned Ju 88A-4.

The first real test of the Ju 88 was the Battle of Britain, which began on the "Eagle Day" on August 8th 1940. As well as KG 30, only part of KG 51 was equipped with the Ju 88. After initial successes of units operating from airfields in France, the shortcomings of the Ju 88 against British fighters led to such heavy losses that missions were transferred into the night The experiences hereby gained flowed immediately into production and turned the Ju 88 into one of the most successful German aircraft."


11 sprues of light grey plastic and one in clear come inside a big top opening box which Revell uses for its heaviest models. Instructions are of the old Revell style of cheap paper with sometimes vague placement indications.

The huge decal sheet has markings for three aircraft:

Junkers Ju 88A-1 B3+DR of 7th Staffel/KG54, France, September 1940, Ju 88A-1 4D+FL of 3rd Staffel/KG30, France, 1940, and Ju 88A-1 U4+TK used for testing the navigation system "Knickbein" in Norway, April 1940. All the options are painted in RLM 70/71/65.


I began by painting all the cockpit pieces on their sprues with Revell 78 Tank Grey (RLM 66). This took me a lot of time since the parts were scattered between the 12 sprues, so by the end of the day I had painted most of the cockpit parts, but glued none. The next day, I began building the kit by glueing multiple little pieces to the cockpit's sidewalls. I then glued the ammo holder to one of the wingspars, and built the radio equipment. Then, I tried building the bombardier's seat, and after doing so, I attempted to glue it in place, but the instructions were vague at best regarding its placement, so I left it off. I then built the pilot's seat and the control column, which were glued to the floor of the cockpit. After that, I built the rudder pedals, but these don't have a positive attachment point to the cockpit floor.

I then built the left cockpit sidewall. From my experience with my first 32nd Ju 88 of Revell, I knew the throttle control piece wouldn't let me attach the left sidewall into its proper place, so it was left off. I then glued this cockpit sidewall to the left fuselage half, and went to work on the tailwheel well and tail wheel assemblies.

The tailwheel well is made up of three bulkheads, all painted in RLM 02 (Revell 45 Olive Green), which were glued to the right fuselage half. The tailwheel was then built up and glued to the first bulkhead. I also built the retraction mechanism (also painted in RLM 02) and glued it in place. I then ended this area by glueing the horizontal stabilizers's wingspars.

After that, I glued a clear part to the left fuselage side (part I39), and after that, the fuselage halves were glued together. I also added the roof of the fuselage, and left that to dry. While that was driyng, I began building the wings.

The wings are a top and bottom assembly. Before glueing them, you have to open the holes for the dive brakes. After glueing the wings, I began building the wheel wells of the main landing gear. These are painted in RLM 02 (Revell 45). I then glued the landing gear wells, and left them to dry while I worked on the ailerons and flaps. It's at this stage (step 59), that you're told to install the dive brakes. Don't do that, since you have to install first the underwings Iron Crosses. I glued the ailerons and flaps to the wings, built up the vertical and horizontal stabilizer and glued them in place. I then glued together the engine cowlings and glued the radiator faces to them, and then glued them into the wings.


I had decided to paint my model as the Ju 88A-1 B3+D3 of the Battle of Britain. I painted first the RLM 70 (Revell Black Green 40) and then the RLM 71 (Revell Dark Green 39), while the undersides were painted with RLM 65 (Revell 49 Light Blue). I then coated the aircraft with Revell's gloss varnish. For the first time, I had issues with Revell's decals. They took a long time to move from the backing paper, but they settled down nicely on the panel lines after brusing over them Vallejo decal softer. After that, I brushed the entire model with Revell's matt varnish and left the plane to fully cure.

While the model was drying, I began painting the dive brakes with part of the Iron Crosses's colours. They were then installed and left to dry.

Meanwhile, I worked on the main landing gear. The shafts for the wheels of the kit's landing gear are weak, so the plastic parts were replaced with a set of Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal landing gear. I glued with epoxi glue several small pieces into the landing gear, and then glued the landing gear to the holes of the landing gear wells.

I painted the clear parts and added the machineguns, painted the landing gear wheel doors and glued them in place. Before installing the clear parts in position, I test fitted the nose transparency, and discovered the rudder pedals weren't letting it sit flush with the nose, so off they went! After that, I built up the propeller assembly and glued it into the radiator. With that final step, the kit was (finally) complete.


An imposing model once finished, but very difficult. Most of the errors noted were of my own making (except the areas where the Revell instructions were vague). Since most of my builds were small 1:48 fighters, I blame myself by being impatient and not letting things set before going to the next step. However, I donīt remember having so many issues with Revell's huge He 111P-2.

Francisco Santoro

8 February 2021

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