Junkers Ju 88 Comparison Build in 1/72 Scale, Hasegawa and Revell of Germany Kits Part I

The Ju 88 is a very interesting aircraft.  It operated wherever the Luftwaffe went, in a wide variety of variants, roles, and markings.  The opportunities for modelers are seemingly endless.  Fortunately for 1/72 scale modelers, there are several kits on the market from which to choose, and lots of aftermarket accessories.  Life is good!  Since I am planning to eventually build several Ju 88’s, I decided to build two newer tool Ju 88 A-4’s and compare the differences.

The Hasegawa kit 00555 (E25) is one of several variants offered.  The tool is designed to facilitate everything from the A-1 through the 188s, I suspect we will be seeing limited releases of sub-types and marking options for the next few decades.  These are nice kits, and have all the typical strengths and weaknesses we are all familiar with from Hasegawa.  Cost here in the US is in the $40 – $50 range.  I got lucky and scored one for $20 (including Eduard masks) and the Columbus IPMS show.  Don’t you just love it when the vendors’ area is big and the regular guys show up to thin out their stash?

The Revell of Germany (RoG) kit is the newer of the two Ju 88s, having been released in 2011.  The new tool is kit 04672 and runs about $25, but be careful because Revell’s old tool is still in their catalog for about half the cost – it is much cruder by comparison (think 1970’s).  If you are used to building Revell’s other recent Luftwaffe kits you will be pleasantly surprised by this one.  The parts are more detailed, thinner, and more finely engraved.  Revell has really kicked it up a notch with their Ju 88.  More good news is that the design of the tool facilitates additional variants, so hopefully we’ll see more releases in the future.

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The boxings in question.  Be  careful to make sure you’re getting the new tool Revell kit and not a re-boxing of the one from the 1970s!
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Here is a comparison of the main cockpit sections, Hasegawa (dark plastic) on top, and RoG on the bottom.  The RoG parts are very finely done and much more detailed.  Another way to look at it is the Hasegawa kit has about twelve parts in the cockpit, but the RoG kit has twelve construction steps in the instructions.
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This is a comparison of the starboard sidewall, if you look at the Hasegawa part you can see several ejector pin marks if you look closely.
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These are the seats, along with casts from the CMK interior kit on the bottom.  The RoG seats are almost as thin as the CMK set.  There were several different seat styles fitted into the various sub-types of Ju 88s, be sure to check references to determine which seats were used when and in what versions.
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The results of a half hour or so spent with various small bits of Plastistruct dressing up the Hasegawa cockpit and the CMK seats, using the RoG parts as a guide.
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Here are the cockpits under three shades of RLM 66.  While I love the detail of the RoG cockpit, I am hoping it will still be visible after almost everything being painted grey and placed under a closed canopy.  To enhance the detail, I have forced the contrast by thinly spraying lightened shades of 66 from directly above.  The paint only hits the horizontal surfaces, leaving the verticals slightly darker.
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More detail has been added, and a thin black wash was applied to accent the recesses even further.  The radios and other switches are drybrushed with white to bring out the engraved details.  Belts are tape, and the control column wiring is some very fine copper wire from a set of headphones.
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This is a comparison shot of the instrument panels with kit decals, Hasegawa on top and RoG on the bottom.  I’ll be adding the compass to the Hasegawa part.  Both decals seemed to react well to Walthers’ Solvaset.  Hasegawa also provides decals for the side consoles, which are black boxes with white details.  I elected to omit them from my build as the detail definition looked a little too soft to be noticeable through the canopies.

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