I began my personal quest to build a selection of the worlds best ground attack aircraft in 1/72nd scale this year including the IL-2 Sturmovik, A-10 Warthog, A7D Corsair II, etc. The Academy JU87G-1 Stuka Tank Buster has to be part of that illustrious group with its huge 20mm big guns! Academy did a beautiful job on this kit and all fits and finish are superb, such that none of the seams needed any filler. The recessed panel line scribing is dead nuts perfect, probably ranking with the best kits currently available. I encountered no issues whatsoever with the build process. I used Testor's Model Master enamels to match each of the RLM spec. colors. Masking the splinter camo. typical on Luftwaffe aircraft can be a bit of a challenge, but well worth the time to get it right. The only negative for this kit is the decals, which though nicely printed, seemed slightly on the thick side. They were also resistant to Micro-Sol and it took several applications to get them to settle to any degree. The yellow fuselage band decal refused to align in an acceptable way, so I trashed it and painted the band instead. If your goal is historical accuracy, then you'll have to provide your own after-market swastika decals. I had some in my decal stash and the 7mm size looked to be about right for the scale. I would recommend finding some good after-market decals to use when building this kit. Other than the decals, I give this kit top marks in every category with the added plus that it's a very good value as well.
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people liked this