OK something different today. I finally have taken pictures of these models so it is time to show them off. I got some Ju-87’s for my Battle of Britain/France collection of Blood Red Skies planes a while ago. I then painted them up a (last year) but never got to taking photo’s/posting them here. That now is resolved and so here they are.
The Ju-87 Stuka is an archetype WW2 plane for me, even though by the end of the war it was completely outclassed. Being honest even at the start it was not in a good place. It was ‘flying artillery’ in a true dive bomber style and not great and never really designed to stand up against a fighter aircraft. It was a very good dive bomber though in it’s time.
In the Battle of Britain it saw some limited use. The ground attack/close support role it was used for really was not called for compared to the battles in France, Poland, Norway etc. They were even effective early days in Russia/North Africa. Thats is where these planes shined but they really wanted/needed air superiority from the fighters to do their work. They are not designed for air to air combat, so having them for an air combat game is a bit of a luxury/vanity project for me.
I will say this is not a nice kit from Warlord and were a nightmare to put together. These are lead models and so heavy, but the fixed wheels were not easy to glue on and keep together. You can see the undercarriage in the shot above and even with my best pinning and gluing those are pretty delicate items. This again to my mind makes these more of a display than true gaming piece.
Well the models are done now and will eventually go one display. I’m not sure how much I will actually use these models but I wanted to have and paint them up. They may get used as targets in a game but they are I suspect more a display modeling project than anything else. As I said in a game about air combat these planes should rarely show up. When they do they definitely have ‘targets’ on their back as they are not going to hold off top class fighters for long.