Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 Resin JU 87 Stuka

As soon as Blitzkrieg Miniatures released their 1/56 JU 87 B2 Stuka, I had to get it.  I built it straight away for my DAK project however the canopy really turned me off.  Painting was another thing which I put off however the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge gave me the motivation I needed to get it done.

Consider this article a minor review of my thoughts on the kit.  Any specific questions or details you want to know, just ask!

This was my first gripe with the model.  The canopy has lots of separate panels and the panel frames aren't the sharpest and I just didn't have the patience to mask it all off.  I was contemplating putting the Perry Miniatures 28mm Crew inside if I was to mask it off however the canopy isn't that transparent.  Additionally I wanted to use the model as ground terrain or for in game flying and if the crew were permanently in there it would look a little silly if ground terrain.  My solution... paint the canopy!  I'm glad I did this as the canopy isn't the best fit anyway.  A painted canopy gives it more of a "Wargaming Feel".

Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 Stuka
Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 JU 87 Stuka
The model goes together easily, needs minimal cleanup and is of solid construction.  I used an airbrush to paint it, constructed my own stand and the decals I used are not historically accurate (after market separate purchase) which brings me to my second gripe with this model.  The decals incluided are absolute rubbish! They may be historically accurate however they are the worst decals I have ever worked with.  If they didn't dissolve when preparing them they either tore or shriveled up like a dead spider!  I went for some after market 1/48 and 1/72 decals.

This was my first ever entry into the Analogue Hobbies Annual Painting Challenge.






28mm Stuka


1/56 Aircraft

28mm Luftwaffe Crew
Perry Miniatures Luftwaffe Crew scrambling to their aircraft

Those two gripes aside, I am happy with the model and I can't wait to unleash it in Bolt Action and Battlegroup.

I would really like to see Blitzkrieg Miniatures release more aircraft in 28mm and the 1/56 scale. 1/72 is too small for ground terrain but looks nice in the air and 1/48 heathen scale is just too big! Canopy and decals aside it is a solid piece of kit and looks amazing!









13 comments:

  1. Looks awesome Dave. I got pounced by Alan with a Stuka in Battlegroup today and it got messy. Hope yours brings similar fear to your opponents!

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    1. PS the weathering is particularly good

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    2. Thanks mate! I really hope I get the chance to use this soon!

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  2. Brilliant!

    I didn't know 1/56 planes were now available - and the Stuka's a wonderfully adaptable choice as the the trousered undercarriage means you can easily use it for either standing or flying!

    Excellent work.

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    1. indeed with the durability of resin too makes it very easy to mount on a stand

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  3. i like your skuka very much!!!! don't know that blitzkrieg have planes!!!! thanks for this info!

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    1. you are welcome. They have some further aircraft planned, I will believe it when I see it!

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  4. Great paint craft Dave.
    cheers John

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  5. Now that’s some excellent painting here! Really like your take on the camo. Too bad about the canopy and the decals though. Youöve definitely made the best of it. Now I need one for my Spanish Civil War setting...

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    1. Thank you very much! Im rather pleased with how it worked out in the end!

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  6. A wonderful Stuka, well done!

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