1/72 Ju 87B Stuka – Winter War / Eastern Front WWII

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  1. imalko

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    #1 imalko, Aug 1, 2014
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    Username: imalko
    First name: Igor
    Category: Category 2/Intermediate
    Scale: 1:72
    Manufacturer: Airfix
    Model Type: Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka
    Decals: spares from Italeri kit for an aircraft from 7./StG 77
     
  2. imalko

    imalko Well-Known Member

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    Here’s my first and hopefully not the only entry into this Group Build. This little project won’t be a usual new build, but rather a makeover of an old kit. Actually, this was a first model of Stuka I’ve build a long time ago when I was just a small lad. It was just glued together and decals placed on bare plastic. Later on I painted it around the decals with whatever paint I had at hand and in such a state she spent years (dare I say more then two decades) on the shelve. Now I decided to give it a makeover. The plan is to remove the paint, disassemble the model, sand off raised details, re scribe new panel lines and then put it back together. I have yet to decide if I’m gonna do any scratch building in the cockpit as this is quite basic in layout with just floor, seats and pilot figures. We’ll see.

    For start here are two “before” pictures…
     

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    Very cool choice Igor!
     
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    Good one Igor. A bit outside the rules I think but I, for one, would say this qualifies as a new build if you take it all apart. Carry on!
     
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    So ugly that they are beautiful...One of my favorite aircraft. I've built about 5 of them so far
     
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    Fun project. Should be neat to watch.
     
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    interesting Igor, start with a built aircraft...disassemble and reassemble....Mmm like that.:D
     
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    First progress shots... For removing old enamel paint I used Mr Muscle oven cleaner. I noticed it also reacts with old glue making it easier to take the model apart without damaging it. Indeed only casualty in this case was main bomb holder crutch which broke off, but it's quite repairable so I'm okay with it. Now I need to remove remnants of the glue in order to clean the parts and then some scribing and sanding.
    I find it interesting though that the decals mostly remained in place after all this. Originally they were placed directly on the plastic, then partly over painted, but never sealed or protected with varnish. And still after more than 20 years on the shelve and now after the oven cleaner treatment they hold in place.
     

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    Agreed, looks almost like a new kit. Never thought it would come apart so cleanly
     
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    Never would have thought he decals would survive. That's amazing.
     
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    Great start Igor
     
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    Well done on the dismantling Igor. You might have to sand blast those decals off.

    Geo
     
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    20 years without a toilet break..... sure shows in the position of the pilots!!!!!!!!
     
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    20yrs!!!! now that's an impaction
     
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    What does health and safety say about that?
     
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    Thats an amazing dis-assembly job. Did you soak the kit in Mr Muscle, or just paint it on and then scrape and prize? How did the decals survive?
     
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