The Führungsmaschine was a Luftwaffe long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft which was ordered into production during the last months of the war but was never built. Conceptually it was based on the Mistel composite aircraft, but in this case the Fw 190A-8 parasite fighter was intended to separate to defend the parent aircraft.
The model is a conversion using the Revell of Germany Junkers Ju 88A-4 kit, lengthened by inserting plugs fore and aft of the wing to lengthen the fuselage. The fighter is the Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-7 with the dopplereiter over-wing fuel tanks.
Photographs taken at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
The Revell of Germany (RoG) kit is a relatively recent release, but is getting to be a little hard to find. The new tool A-4 is kit 04672, but be careful because Revell’s old tool is still in their catalog for about half the cost but is much cruder by comparison (think 1970’s). There is also a boxing of a new tool C model which is even harder to find. 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. This is the Ju 88 A-4, in the markings of III / KG 30 as flown by Oberst Werner Baumback, 1942.
I’ve always liked the looks of the Ju 188, and the Hasegawa Junkers Ju 188 is a very nice kit. It is on the expensive side here in the U.S., and it can be hard to find. It is a lot of fun to build and give a nice representation when done, much better than the old Italari offering. Like most German bombers, a canopy mask set is well worth the investment. This is a Ju 188A-2 in the markings of II/KG 6 at Melsbrook, Belgium in 1945.
Ju 88 Aces of World War 2
By Robert Forsyth, Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Series: Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 133
Paperback, 96 pages, illustrated, 30 color profiles
Published by Osprey Publishing January 2019
Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
This volume follows the standard format which will be familiar to any reader of Osprey’s previous Aircraft of the Aces volumes. Author Robert Forsyth provides a historical overview of the development of the Junkers Ju 88 and Luftwaffe’s employment of the versatile aircraft in various capacities. Illustrator Jim Laurier presents thirty beautifully rendered side profiles of the aircraft, many of which are depicted here for the first time.
The inclusion of this book in Osprey’s Aces series is a bit of a misnomer. One generally thinks of an ace as a fighter pilot with five or more kills, or in case of the Luftwaffe, Experten with ten or more kills. While there are night fighter aces included here, there are also chapters on bomber aces, anti-shipping aces, train busters, and night intruders – virtually any of the many roles which the Ju 88 was adapted to fill during the war. There is even a section on the Mistel composite aircraft. Some of these roles have been described in greater detail in other Osprey volumes. One has to wonder if this volume doesn’t try to cover too much ground in too broad a manner, thus potentially limiting the possibility of future volumes going into each role in more detail.
This is a good effort though, and provides much modeling inspiration in the beautiful profiles, and much background information to go along with them. Recommended to all fans of the versatile Ju 88.
This is the Mistel 2, a glide bomb made from a Junkers Ju 88G-1 with a warhead and aimed by a Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8. For this project the Revell of Germany Ju 88A-4 was converted to G-1 standard using BMW 801D engines from a Hasegawa kit. The warhead is AMT. Tailplanes are modified with casts from a Hasegawa G-6 nightfighter. The Fw 190A-8 is from Hasegawa built with enhancements to the cockpit and wheel wells, still an accurate representation and a relatively painless build.
The Junkers Ju 88H-1 was an extended range maritime reconnaissance aircraft operated in small numbers by the Luftwaffe’s Fliegerfuhrer Atlantik. The length of the fuselage was extended forward and aft of the wing to provide additional fuel tanks, giving the aircraft a range of 3,200 miles. It carried a FuG 200 search radar in the nose and three camera in the rear fuselage. Defensive armament was augmented by a pod under the nose known as a Waffentropfen for two MG 131s. These faced to the rear, and were sighted by the pilot using a periscope.
The base kit for this conversion is Revell of Germany’s excellent Ju 88A-4. The fuselage was cut and resin extensions were inserted fore and aft. Engines were replaced with spare BMW 801D’s from a Hasegawa kit. The Waffentropfen was made from two bomb halves from the Revell kit and some Evergreen, filed to shape. The nose radar is Aimes PE, canopies are vacuforms from Squadron.
Here is a Junkers Ju88S-3 of I / KG66. This is a conversion using the Revell of Germany Ju 88A-4 kit. The engines have been changed using castings of the Jumo 213s from a Hasegawa kit. The gondola under the nose has been deleted and the opening plated over. Transparencies were replaced with Falcon vacuform parts.
This aircraft carries an interesting spotted camouflage on the upper surfaces and a meander “squiggle” on the lowers. All markings were deleted except for the individual aircraft designator “B”, which is repeated on the fuselage sides and the leading edges of the wings. There are three photographs of this aircraft taken after it came to grief in a creek which provide excellent documentation of her unusual paint job.
Here are completed pictures of my Ju 390 in 1/72 scale. The model was constructed using two Revell of Germany Ju 290 kits. It represents the Ju 390 V2 developmental aircraft serving FaG 5 at Mont de Marsan in France during the Spring of 1944. Even in 1/72 scale this is a large model with a 27.5 inch (69.9 cm) wingspan. Research and construction notes are posted in this blog.