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

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Done!  Here’s a picture showing the stance of the two kits in a nose-to-nose comparison.  The Hasegawa kit is on the left in the North African scheme, the Revell kit is on the right in the standard European finish.  As you can see, the Revell kit sits slightly higher than the Hasegawa.  I test fit both main gear legs, both measured out at 19mm from the well to the axle, Trojka’s drawings show 20mm.   The next build, I’ll remove about 1.5 mm from the Revell legs between the retraction strut attachment and the upper oleo scissors.
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Both kits together.  Both build up nicely, and look like Ju 88s when done.  Decals are from Techmod sheet 72111, which provides markings for six aircraft.  I also used the stencils from the Revell kit, and there certainly are a lot of them.  The transparencies have a little less distortion on the Revell kit, revealing a more of the interior.  Still, it is difficult to make out much detail during casual viewing due to the dark gray used in German cockpits.

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Here are the undersides.  The bomb fins are molded as separate pieces on both kits, and they are too thick for scale.  Rather than sand down all those fins, I mounted four spare SC 250s on the Hasegawa kit, and replaced the fins on the two Revell SC 500s with spare PE parts.  This shot also shows off the ventral MG 81Z on the Revell kit, which was replaced by a spare Hasegawa gun.  Pitot tubes and the ventral landing system antennas were replaced with wire on both kits.  Dive brakes are PE.
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Revell of Germany Junkers Ju 88A-4
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Hasegawa Ju 88A-4

The bottom line:

Both kits are certainly buildable, and make nice representations of Ju 88s when finished.  I would not hesitate to build either again, and plan to do additional variants of each.  The clear parts are a bit fiddly on both, most likely this is due to limitations of the molding process in capturing the many bulges and curves.  Canopy masks are a big help.  There are several other aftermarket parts for Ju 88s already on the market, so lots of additional detail can be added for those who want to do so.

The main strength of the Hasegawa mold is the number of variations issued – the last time I counted, there were eight different boxings in their catalog, and many of those provide Jumo and BMW engines in the same box for multiple types.  Given Hasegawa’s history, we can likely expect more variants for years to come.  Even though it is a solid kit, there are some inaccuracies which most modelers will want to correct, such as the gear placement within the nacelles, opening the gaps in the nacelle faces,  and removing the cockpit floor.  We will just have to live with the bend in the wing between the fuselage and the nacelles, but from most viewing angles this is not noticeable.  The kit also has its share of technical issues – fit problems with the engine nacelles, ventral gondola, and small nose windows, plus several ejector pin marks in bad locations are examples.  Fixable yes, but also avoidable.  The Hasegawa kit was more work to build, I felt I was playing catch-up to the Revell throughout construction.

Revell has issued a nice kit at a nice price.  It is definitely more refined than some of their earlier kits which I have built (Ju 290, He 177, Ho 229 to name a few).  Parts are finely detailed, thinly molded, and free of flash and ejector pin marks.  Fit is excellent.   Engineering is well thought out, an example of this is the separate upper fuselage piece which allows the filler cap detail to be captured, and which fit beautifully.  There are a few nagging bits which bothered me enough to correct, such as the spinners, guns, bomb fins, antennas, and (upon reflection) the main gear legs.  No insurmountable issues, and no sub-assembly which was fraught with errors.  A good solid kit, and a great value at the price.  This is the better of the A-4s.  Revel has issued a C variant which is unfortunately now hard to come by, and has announced an A-1 version.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Junkers Ju 88 Comparison Build in 1/72 Scale, Hasegawa and Revell of Germany Kits Part IV

  1. Great series of posts, love the kit comparisons. Hasegawa always seemed overpriced, and Revell always seemed old; now I know when I get around to a Ju-88, that Revell will get the nod. The gull wings just turn me off, and the side-by-side pictures really show, to me, how Revell makes a truer to scale model. The Hasegawa seems like a Japanese interpretation of the plane. I don’t think Hasegawa does a good job with European Axis equipment.

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  2. Love the comparison, I have followed with great interest and will pick up my own Ju-88 very soon I’m sure.

    If you have a moment, perhaps you could also compare the Airfix, Zvezda and Italeri Ju-88 A-4s? 😉

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    1. I’ve heard good things about the Zvezda kit but haven’t built one. The Airfix kit is ancient, mid-1960s or so and would not due well next to more modern kits. The Italeri kit is best avoided – the engine nacelles and fuselage are noticeably undersized.

      Get the Revell kit if you can find it.

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