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Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:08:57 PM »
Eduard released a number of 1/144 Ju-52s a while back, possibly their first 1/144 effort (or was that their Ju-87??) in that scale.  The kits became instant hits but they subsequently disappeared for several years...  Lately, along with a number of brand new 1/144 kits, such as the MiG-21s and the Spit IXs, Eduard has re-released the Ju-52s and we can only commend them for such an initiative!

So far 'only' the military transport and airliner boxings of the kit have been re-released.  At one time, the kit was also available as a mine-sweeping variant and there was a ski-equipped Ju-52 boxing too.  Un-surprisingly, Eduard also offer photo-etched sets for those kits..

This build will be a little different from my earlier ones on the 1/144 Eduard Fishbed and Spitfire, in the sense that I will be using the PE sets Eduard designed for the kit and that I am not that interested in German aircraft in German WWII markings...  Obviously, with this particular boxing, the civilian options are probably very limited, but I will be doing some research and hopefully find a military JU-52 that is a little more original...  More on this soon...

In the meantime, let me introduce you to the kit; here are a few pictures of the sprues and other features included in the military transport variant kit (ref.4424):

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52a_zps04097ae6.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The way the bottom of the rear fuselage is included with the underside of the wings is interesting and should facilitate building.

The top of the fuselage of this boxing includes the machine gun emplacement, which makes this part different from that of the airliner boxing.  Several parts shown here below are in fact not suitable for this particular boxing of the kit, but all this is indicated in the instructions.

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52b_zpsa94acad6.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


Here is a close-up view of the fuselage skinning, really well done, in my opinion:

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52c_zpsde8f7067.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The sprue containing the top halves of the wings, also including a couple of parts that will not be required here:

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52d_zpsdec46295.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


A close-up shot of one of the engines and cowling, possibly the weakest part of the whole kit...:

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52e_zps019ddf90.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The clear parts sprue, including an extra window strip for the airliner variant.  All is very clear and commendably thin!

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52h_zpsa77fecd6.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


Here are the PE sets for the military variant(s); the smaller PE fret is common to the other kit, I believe, but the larger one is different, mostly in account of the different seating of the military and civilian aircraft:

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52i_zps4dbf6ab2.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The top of the instruction booklet for the kit (right) and the instruction sheet for the PE set (left):

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52j_zps8fc8fa5d.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The instruction booklet is well designed and includes full colour info for the 4 options offered by the kit and decal sheet:

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52k_zps062c8521.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The decal sheet itself, plus the masks included in the kit.  Note that the svastikas are included.

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/Ju52g_zpsa216af26.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


All markings are for German aircraft, flown in 1940-43 in North Africa, Crete, Southern Italy and France.
















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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 12:27:11 PM »
Rich kit for that size :)

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 06:33:02 PM »
This be great build mate! :-ok
Go forward!! :-clap

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2013, 01:33:05 PM »
:-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013, 04:52:50 PM »
This is a really nice kit!

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013, 12:34:45 PM »
It is hard for the beginners  :-think

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2013, 06:30:20 PM »
Maybe i can go to our Air Force Museum (Muzej Vazduhoplovstva) and make some walkaround of this plane. ;)

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2013, 10:32:41 AM »
Well, it has taken a while, but I'm back 'at work' on this kit..!  I first had to get the BrenGun resin/PE engines to replace the relatively poor plastic Eduard items (it's all very relative given the scale!), then it took a lot longer to find a decoration I wanted to model..  Eduard's options are mightily fine, if you like black crosses, but if I can I try to be a touch more exotic.  Exotic would have been fairly easy with the civilian version of the kit, but I have the military version and the 'military' PE set from Eduard for the inside of the fuselage..

So, after much pondering, I've settled on an Austrian air force aircraft, in 1937-38, camouflaged, but with bright red and white national markings.

I started with the wings.  The underside is in one piece, guaranteeing the proper angle in relation to the fuselage.  The plasic is soft, and easily damaged, and the fit is..  OK.  Not brilliant as on their later MiG-21s and Spits, but OK.  I've seen a lot worse.  The cockpit and cabin plastic details are minimalistic (though I've seen far worse, even from Eduard much more recently!), and the Eduard PE set brings in a lot of 'life' in there.  Having said this, little can be seen once everything is closed so unless you open up all side doors (and even if you do!), it is still debatable whether the PE set is truly needed.  Adding to this 'problem', you see, is that the side wiondow strips provided in clear plastic by Eduard is thick, a good 1mm, and at this scale, this is QUITE thick!  My idea here is to carefuly remove the window panes and add thinner window at a much later stage, with a transparent glue gel.  I am a bit confused by the PE parts representing the internal side framing of the fuselage.  On both sides, the PE parts are clearly too short and the first bay, just behind the partition between cockpit and cabin, is therefore 'frameless'.  The framing in itself is nice and will add a lot of details inside the cabin, but I think may become a problem once I add the windows later...  Difficult choice: all the details and thick windows, or less details and thinner windows..!??!  Given that some plastic windows are obviously not totally flat as they should be, I think I will go for the second option...  Most of the PE details meant for the cockpit and cabin can come in once the fuselage halves have been put together, courtesy of the separate roof.  Handy!

I have therefore moved on with the building and added the fuselage to the wings.  The crucial joints between corrugated metal panels is pretty good.  I must however mention that the fit between the front of the fuselage and the wings is a lot less appealing, but I am glad that I assembled those two sub-units around the same time, as it allowed me to prise open the underside of the front of the fuselage so that the side of the fuselage actually offered an almost perfect fit with the wings.  Had the glue set on the fuselage first, I would have had a nasty joint to fill in where it meets the wings, at the top.

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/DSCN9911_zpsc266845b.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/DSCN9912_zpsab3902b9.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


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Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'






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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2013, 05:59:08 PM »
:-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2013, 09:20:45 PM »
Look like an elegant type of kit . Interesting  :) :-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2013, 11:36:42 AM »
Here are now those nasty joints filled in with Milliput...

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/a_zpsde77e767.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The BrenGun replacement engines bring problems of their own.  The central cowling has no attachment points on the fuselage itself and I was required to install this resin/PE engine first in order to add the cowling.  The later had previously been hollowed out and thinned a little, just so that the PE part would just fit inside the ring.  Each Brengun engine is made up of four parts, three resin and a PE parts.  I assume the smaller resin part is part of the axle behind the engine, though as there are no instructions, I can not confirm it.  Nevertheless, this smaller resin part is, in my eyes, totally redundant, as it could not be seen inside the larger wing engine cowlings, nor fit anywhere on or in the nose of the aircraft for the third engine...  The resin engine, I mean the ring of pistons, must fit flush against the front bulkhead of the fuselage, and it is thus necessary to cut off Eduard's rectangular 'plug' before positioning the engine.  The PE ring fits nicely around the hub of the engine and the thinned down cowling comes next.  I noticed that the exhaust pipes do not match properly the locations of the pistons, but this can not be seen under the cowling, so it does not really is a big issue.  The following photo only shows a single exhaust pipe, the other one needing repairing, as I managed to break it in two while removing it from the sprue.  The end of the exhaust pipes can be drilled out for a better effect.

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/1_zps468d498c.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2013, 12:04:32 PM »
One of my main 'gripe' with this kit is the thickness of the side windows...  Although Eduard's plastic is very clear, the clear plastic strip are a good 1mm thick and in places, shown imperfections.  Little can be seen once the roof is on, but all the same, I thought this needed improving.  I therefore set about to create from scratch the not-transparent parts of the fuselage strips with thin plastic strips.  Clearfix or a similar product will be used later to add the 'glass' windows.

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/b_zps02be42e6.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/c_zpsede77d90.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


The Eduard PE interior set include some of the fuselage (in)side framing.  Beware that the PE set instruction sheet shows how to place those properly, while the Eduard advertising at the back of the plastic kit's instruction sheet has them placed the wrong way.  However, the framing must partly cover the windows as seen on this advertising, while the PE instruction sheet has them, wrongly, fitting around the windows openings...  I also had to trim the PE where it meets the cabin floor...  There is simply not enough place there to put it all!  I also found it strange that the framing does not extend to the front cargo hold bulkhead...

I added the inside details for the access doors and then the (military) seats (which will cover up the trimmed down framing at the junction between floor and side fuselage).  I'd recommend starting from the edges of the cargo door, moving towards the front.  I started at the front and found my last 'bench' coming in the way of the cargo door...  Each 'bench' comes with 4 separate PE seatbelts.  32 in total...  I'm not fond of PE belts, they are all the same, and their rigidness is annoying and un-natural at best.  I normally do mine in Milliput or masking tape, but I was not crazy enough to add 32 parts that no-one would ever seen once the roof was in place...  In fact, I'd recommend only using the PE parts for the cockpit proper, and the inside framing, part of which should be visible behind the windows, but unless you open up the fuselage access doors (and even so!!), the rest is a total waste of time and resources..

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/d_zps24da06a0.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
   

A coat of grey was airbrushed inside the fuselage;  once dry, a dark wash, then a light drybrushing completed the operation:

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/e_zps0aea5b96.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'


 
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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2013, 12:06:29 PM »
Finally, the roof could be added...  The fit is rather poor but there are ways to make this look better...

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/f_zps3efd3307.jpg
Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2013, 12:44:19 PM »
Interior is great :-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 Junkers Ju-52 'Tante Ju'
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2013, 05:16:03 PM »
Nice work! :-ok