MiroMir 1/48 Junker W.34hi

KIT #: 48019
PRICE: $23.50 SRP
DECALS: Two options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken

The Junkers W 34 was a German-built, single-engine, passenger and transport aircraft. Developed in the 1920s, it was taken into service in 1926. The passenger version could take a pilot and five passengers. The aircraft was developed from the Junkers W 33. Further development led to the Junkers Ju 46.

One Junkers W 34 be/b3e managed to break the then-current altitude record on 26 May 1929 when it reached 12,739 meters (41,795 feet). That aircraft carried the markings D-1119 and it was equipped with a Bristol Jupiter VII engine. The airplane was flown by Willi Neuenhofen.The Junkers W 34 was manufactured in many different versions. The total production numbers for the civil market were around 1,000, a further 2,024 his and haus were built under license for the RLM and Luftwaffe. The unit price was between RM 65,000 and 70,400.

On 31 January 1944 the Luftwaffe still had 618 W 34hi's and 516 W 34haus in service: the majority were used by flight schools; mainly as navigator and radio operator training (3 or 4 navigator or radio-operator trainees). The type was also used by a number of other nations in both military and civil use.

MikroMir is one of several companies that has concentrated on doing subjects that the major manufacturers won't do. These are still considered short run kits, but the quality of short run kits has come a long way since the early days of VeeDay and Merlin where one was provided with basic shapes and the builder had to supply a lot of other parts to complete the project.

The kit has very nice surface detail and the corrugated surfaces will require some very careful construction so as to not destroy this detailing when attaching the pieces. As usual with these types of kits, the sprues themselves are somewhat numerous, the fuselage, for instance, being built up of top, side and bottom pieces as befits its boxy shape. The builder is provided with a nice 3D decal for the instrument panel and the seat harnesses. This is becoming a regular feature with some kits from Ukraine and I welcome it. You are also provided with a photo etch fret that is minimal in size for the DF loop antenna as well as hinges for the control surfaces.

The cockpit is fairly well appointed and needs to be done well as you will be able to see a lot of it through the large transparency. The cabin is bare, though you do have interior side wall detailing as well as some frame supports. The cabin windows are attached during the fuselage construction and need to be masked fairly early in the process. Also nicely done is the engine as you will see quite a bit of it as it is not close cowled and many planes flew without this item as they saw more and more use later in the war.

The wing comes in five major sections with outer wing halves plus a center section. There is a nice wing spar to ensure proper dihedral and to help position the wing parts. This attaches to the bottom of the completed fuselage. With that done, all the control surfaces are attached as is the landing gear, canopy, and engine assembly.

Instructions are nicely drawn but are quite lightly printed making it somewhat difficult to read. As seems to be a standard trend among several companies, no color information is provided at all during construction, which to me is a huge oversight. The only time you see colors given are generic ones for the two profiles. One aircraft is the box art plane from a pilot's school in 1938. This is shown as a single green shade with yellow fuselage band and lower wing tips. The other is an overall light grey civil offering from Lufthansa in 1937. The decals are nicely done and will hopefully conform well over all those corrugations. I am hoping for a nice aftermarket sheet or two for this one.


To my knowledge, this is the first injected kit of this plane in this scale to be offered. I'd not be surprised to see other versions done as it was operated quite a bit on floats. Probably not for the tyro, but one that anyone with experience in short run kits should be able to handle without any trauma.



January 2022

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