Still using the test clear parts - continuing to adapt upper & front sill lines of the plastic “core”, preparing a “bulkhead” location for the lower gondola to prevent “see trough” from the front and to prepare for a secure location of the gondola part.
Also starting to pad the outside front sides of the “insert” with plasticard to get a definitive “sit” and alignment of the clear parts in the horizontal plane.
Original location hole for the control column filled – this will have to be moved to the middle and modified.
lower fwd instrument panel on the port side added with part of 88 A-4 instrument board.
While waiting for the resin masters to arrive the fuselage, wings and all smaller components were prepared and glued together, cockpit interior detailed, painted and washed to attain a minimum of effect and the seats fitted. Nothing extraordinary, so no pics here.
Also a front overhead instrument panel was fabricated from scrap instrument boards and adapted to the curvature of the inside of the clear cockpit part below the antennae mast. This part will also serve as a (hopefully) secure location for the metal tube antennae mast.
The cover for the camera bay behind the bomb bay was prepared by drilling two camera windows of 5 mm diameter, glueing plasticard behind the openings and punching out two “windows” of the same diameter from clear sheet. The recess will be painted dark grey and the clear covers fixed with white glue later on.
Upper & lower clear parts were “etched” with acetone on the surfaces to be glued as the PET seemed to resist bonding permanently with almost anything, including superglue.
UHU fast two-component epoxy was used for bonding in the end.
The antennae was secured in the overhead instrument board with superglue. The unit was fed though the hole prepared and fixed on the inside with UHU. After setting a small bushing was prepared from Evergreen tubing and fitted over the antennae mast, secured with thin superglue.
The resulting gaps between lower & upper parts and in the rear were treated with more UHU, followed by sanding, primer, sanding etc until everything was flush.
The lower MG 131 Z had to be fitted in the rear of the gondola before glueing and was secured temporarely with tubes and Micro Liquitape.
thanks for acclamation & support - was in fact feeling a bit lonely ;D
As John was asking - base kit is Hasegawa 88 R-2. Forgive me for hacking such an expensive kit but it is way above Italeri's 88 in authentic look and details.
Onward a decisive step:
The nose cupola was the most crucial step. First I had problems to be able to cut out a decent circular frame from decal sheet - no punches of required sizes available, smallest possible setting of compasses wasn't helping in cutting out a "ring"....
Nose gun with shell collector and ammo belt had to be fitted before offering up to the nose.
After a lot of juggling and fixing temporarely with 3 thin strips of Tamiya tape I applied drops of Poly Zap non fogging CA to secure the cupola in position.
More Poly Zap was applied to the join after removing the tape, followed by several applications of Klear/Future to fill the gap as much as possible.
I know - should have taken pics on the go but I was holding my breath if I would succeed without spoiling everything....
Ju 88 B, Hasegawa 1/72nd conversion, devoted to the memory of Alan W. Hall.
To be able to realize my Ju 88 C-6 (built before this one) I had to resort to some “cross-kitting” of clear parts and bought a Hasegawa Ju 88 R-2 kit as a donor kit, slated for another conversion.
In November 2008 the sad news of Alan W. Hall’s demise made me vividly realise what impulse and encouragement in modelling I had been able to benefit by his early “how to” articles in Airfix Magazine and his other publications.
This was the impulse to try more than a simple conversion by just switching parts, but rather attempt something more demanding - using his ideas combined with materials and methods available to us modellers nowadays.
I hope he would have acknowledged my effort - thank you Alan, for showing the way.
Conflicting historical data on the Ju 88 B shows some 30 a/c built – probably 10+ of those modified and used for reconnaissance by Kommando Rowehl / ObdL primarily in the East from the end of 1940 until late 1941 before and during operation “Barbarossa”
The Ju 88 B was started in 1939 as a private venture by Junkers as a possible replacement to the 88 A but met only with lukewarm interest from the RLM.
Compare the fully glazed, aerodynamically clean and modern cockpit with contemporary designs of 1939 and you can see why this forerunner of the Ju 188 of 1943 vintage holds a special place in bomber development.
Resources: AJ Press Nr 11, Ju 188 – Ju 388 / Ju 88, Star of the Luftwaffe, Griehl / Vom Original zum Modell, Ju 188, Bernhard & Graefe / Internet / Markings after a picture from „Flugzeug“ 2/85, collection Stipdonk. Paints: Vallejo Air Acryl. Decals from kit and TallyHo 72043 generic letters/numbers.
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