Progress Report – Ju 87G-1 Stuka and FW 190

I took these photos of the progress I have made since last week.

The workbench is a little untidy

It tells you about the progress I have made. First with the Stuka which has been painted dark green with 40 year-old Polly S acrylic paint.

The light blue jar of Polly S acrylic paint was unusable, but I used the light blue shade to mix a homemade light blue which looks fine on the FW 190.

I have used paintbrushes all the way since winter is closing in and I mainly want to get on with the next project…

The Dornier Do 335…

Monogram Ju 87 G-1

About the Ju 87G-1

The ear splitting screech of its sirens served as the introduction of the Ju 87 dive-bomber to France. Poland. the Balkans. Africa, England and Russia.

The first version of this famous plane. the Ju 87A-1 saw action in 1937 with the Condor Legion in Spain. Joined in 1938 and 1939 by the later Ju 87B, the Junkers dive-bomber attained greater notoriety than any other weapon with which Germany launched the Second World War.

Within the first nine months of the war, the Ju 87 acquired an almost legendary reputation. This Junkers product became synonymous with the abbreviation “Stuka” — from Sturzkampfflugzeug, a term descriptive of all dive-bombers. The success of the Stuka lasted until August, 1940, when Germany launched its aerial offensive on the British Isles. Ill-armed and out maneuvered by the defending Spitfires and Hurricanes, the Stuka paid a fearful price for its role in the “Battle of Britain”. By the end of August, the last of the Stuka Geschwader or dive-bomber wings were removed from action in Great Britain.

As late as 1945 the Ju 87 was a lethal weapon, which in the hands of an experienced, determined pilot such as Ulrich Rudel was capable of destroying 500 Russian tanks.

The Ju 87G-1 was the last version to see combat and is the subject of this Monogram model. The Ju 87G-1 and the installation of the two 37 mm. BK (flak 36) cannon under the wings had been the result of masses of Russian tanks which plagued the German army. Major Rudel, already specialized in tank-killing, flew the first experimental foray’s and was successful. The Ju 87G-1 began the struggle of destroying Russian tanks before time ran out on Germany’s Eastern Front. This version had also seen service in North Africa and on the Western front.

The Ju 87G-1 was powered by a Junkers Jumo 211J-1, 12 cylinder, inverted vee, liquid cooled engine. With the direct fuel injection this engine was rated at 1,400 H.P. at 2,600 r.p.m. With the two man crew and armed with the two 37 mm. cannon and the 1-MG 81Z machine gun the Ju 87G-1 had a range of 1250 miles, a maximum speed of 250 m.p.h. and a ceiling of approximately 24,600 feet.

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I have decided not to take several pictures of the progress made last week since building it went very fast. It is all but complete except for painting and decalling.

This is what you get for now.



I have decided instead to build the Fw 190 before finishing the Stuka.

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 has been called one of the truly great single-seat war-planes of the Second World War. The reason for such a statement was, that it was not only a “pilot’s airplane”, but was easy to maintain and able to with-stand a large amount of battle _damage. At every task to which it was committed the Fw 190 played a vital role.

In the summer of 1941 the Fw 190 made its combat debut over the English Channel and was an immediate success. It had clearly displayed its superiority over the best the Allies had to offer at that time, the Spitfire V. The Fw 190 maintained this superiority over all the Allied fighters for almost two years. It could outmaneuver its opponents on almost every occasion and its speed enabled it to retreat without fear of pursuit.

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 underwent continual modifications throughout the war. Many different versions were produced, the A-5 through A-8 being some of the more notable. The Fw 190A-5 was 29′ 7″ long, had a span of 34′ 6″ and weighed 9,750 pounds. It was powered by the B.M.W. 801D-2 twin row, 14 cylinder, air cooled, radial engine producing 1,700 h.p. under normal conditions. With the aid of its MW50 supercharger it could produce 2,100 h.p. for short durations. This gave the Fw 190 a speed of 408 m.p.h. at 20,600 ft., a cruising speed of 298 m.p.h., a range of 500 miles and a service ceiling of 37,400 ft.

This Monogram 1/48 scale kit was designed from photographs and measurements of actual Fw 190’s. The kit includes all of the parts necessary for assembling any one of six versions of this famous fighter.

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Fujimi Aichi Type 99 – Completed!

Shokaku Aichi Type 99 Val

Decalling and weathering were finally done last Thursday.


Some touch-ups were done later on the propeller and the landing gear.




The decals were extremely thin and took a long time to detach from the paper backing.



I have used the EI-235 decal instead of EI-232 decals as I had previously intended.

The fuselage band needed some tender loving care as well as all the rest of the decals.



Next time…

Stuka Ju 87G-1 on the Eastern Front flown by Hans Rudel.


As you are reading this, I have already started building it.

Fujimi Aichi Type 99 – Painting canopies… and much more

I have used the same technique for painting the Fujimi Aichi Type 99 canopies.

It was easier this time since the canopy frames were thicker making it much easier to scrape the excess paint.

The results was quite good and a little touch up will be done later.

The front canopy was glued with liquid cement and not with clear acrylic paint. The fit was very good.

I will let everything dry before adding the rear canopy. After the antenna and the pitot tube will be added as well as the propeller.


More progress has been done after I took those pictures. In fact the only thing left for me to do is adding decals…

Fujimi Aichi Type 99 – The Guadalcanal Campaign – 24 August 1942

Building with a purpose…

The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign



Richard Chick Harmer had a close call when an Aichi Type 99 Val from the Shokaku charged up his F4F’s tail…

Its pilot riddled the F4F’s fuselage and cockpit with sixteen to twenty 7.7-mm slugs and severely wounded Harmer in both thighs and left ankle. More bullets bounced harmlessly off the armor plate behind the seat. Hurt and flying a battered airplane about to run out of gas, Harmer veered southeast towards the Saratoga.

Aichi attacking the Enterprise

Japanese D3A dive bomber being shot down over USS Enterprise
during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons,
24 August 1942 (Source United States Navy)

Aichi Val

Akimoto Tamotsu and Koitabashi Hiroshi flying their D3A
carrier dive bomber (foreground) returning to carrier Shokaku
after attacking USS Enterprise during Battle of the Eastern Solomons,
24 August 1942

Progress report?

Started painting and more…

Fujimi Aichi Type 99 – 24 August 1942

You would not be reading this if it were not for AmateurAirplanes who was instrumental with my decision to start writing My Forgotten Hobby.

Yesterday’s post was about another blogger who was spot on about what I have been doing since December 2013.

This is my next project. I am building Fujimi Aichi Type 99 and this is how want to paint the Val…

I will be using this as a reference.

More reference here…

Richard Harmer was wounded when he attacked a Shokaku Aichi Type 99 on August 24, 1942.

To be continued…

Next project? How about two projects?

I will follow Jeff’s advice…

Pierre, your vote is the only one which counts. Build what you want. Nothing kills the mojo like a half-completed model you really don’t want to finish.

Then this is what I want following Jeff’s advice…

I will go with both these kits… Two infamous WW II dive bombers.

Aichi Type 99…

And Ju 87G-1 for my brother whose birthday is next January.

I will start first with the Aichi Type 99 and read what other modelers have to say about it.



Last one…

Next time…?

When I opened the box I found out that the figurine had fused with the tailplane!

A little delicate surgery was needed using a razor saw…

A little filing…

Rescribing lost details…

Then I could not wait and I started building…

Finally decals!

Decalling is always an apprehensive part of building a model kit.

Everything can go wrong…

I knew the Tamiya Zero was an older kit, and the decals had to show their age also.

Even by soaking them a lot they did not detach that easily. But I was finally able to affix them.

It was not the same with the Wildcat or the Corsair which were newer model kits. The Wildcat decals are thicker, but they conformed well.

Instructions were somewhere vague on their precise location, but people will not spot the difference if some decals are a few tenths of millimeters off.

The Corsair decals were more delicate.


Time is of the essence when decalling. There is no need to rush, and I have to let everything settle down until at least next Sunday as I will be on a little vacation.