The Junkers Ju 87 or “Stuka” is a German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. Making its combat debut in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the Stuka served the Luftwaffe during World War II from beginning to end.
Easily recognisable by its inverted gull wings and fixed landing gear, the Ju 87 operated with considerable success in close air support and anti-shipping roles at the outbreak of World War II. Wreaking havoc and demoralising opponents with mounted ram-air sirens known as Jericho trumpets, Stukas proved critical to the rapid conquest of Europe through the so-called Blitzkrieg victories of 1939–1942. Though sturdy, accurate, and very effective against ground targets, the Stuka was, like many other dive bombers of the period, vulnerable to fighter aircraft.
Gaining its fearsome reputation as a “terror bomber” with its ugly angular lines, screaming dive and its pinpoint precision bombing the Stuka found new life with its G variant. Two self contained, under wing 37 mm Flak 18 gun pods were mounted under the wings. Each gun was loaded with two six-round magazines of armour-piercing tungsten carbide-cored ammunition. As a result, the Kanonenvogel “cannon-bird” proved very successful in its new tank hunter role.
Border Model 1/35 JU 87 G STUKA, features:
- Highly detailed kit with accurately reproduced surfaces, panel lines, and rivets.
- 30 cm fuselage length.
- 45 cm wingspan width.
- Detailed cockpit with pilot and gunner stations.
- Complete Jumo 221J engine assembly.
- Slide moulded exhaust stubs with hollowed out ends.
- Separately moulded flaps and ailerons with individual actuators.
- Elevators can be built as neutral or dropped.
- 2 types of wing tips, for either a G-1 or G-2 variant.
- 2 types for the forward windshield, and 3 for the rear canopy.
- Optional armour plate for the cockpit.
- Highly detailed 3.7cm gun pods with mounts, plumbing, and hollowed barrel muzzles.
- 1 PE fret.
- 2 marking options.