Eduard 1/72 Junkers J.1
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Many folks see the Junkers J.I as the A-10 of its day. But the more I study the mission profile and who really controlled The Junkers J.Is as an asset I think it’s modern counterpart is actually closer to modern day intelligence aircraft like the SR-71 or a UAV. For protection the SR-71 flies high and fast while the Junkers J.I used heavy armor and a single machine gun mounted on a ring mount on the rear cockpit along with whatever the crew could carry to throw or drop on enemy troops. The one thing they had in common was that both aircraft’s primary use was intelligence gathering, or in other words being the eyes and ears of the high command
I guess that this kit first came out about nine or ten years ago. It was the first all plastic main stream kit of this very historically important aircraft. The first thing I noticed was that this kit was very similar to the old all resin Czech Masters and Merlin model kits. The kits are so similar that I think they hold a common ancestry although I don’t know what it is for sure.
The kit goes together OK with the engine compartment being a little tight. I would suggest that the modeler thin the armored walls around the cylinders to give you a little more room here.
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I decided to do a representative aircraft i.e. somewhat fictitious. I wanted to paint the green and mauve over sky-blue with a lozenge empennage.
The lozenge is Eagle Strike five color lozenge and the rest is modelmasters paint. All the green and mauve camo was painted free hand. The lozenge decals along the rest were applied before final assembly. Lastly I applied a coat of clear semi-gloss to seal everything.
Not the easiest kit
but rewarding none the less.
Not much rigging but I did need to do some work on the
All in all I think
it is a good kit and the best 1/72 scale Junkers J.I.
The best Junkers J.I in my humble opinion is the Wingnut
Wings 1/32 scale Junkers J.I.
Another kit out of my stash!
“Windsock Datafile #39 Junkers J.I” By P.M. Grosz
“Jane’s All the Worlds Aircraft 1919” (Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War I)
“Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War” Harleyford Publications limited
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