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.