Ju 88C-6 Zerstörer Crashlanding
a diorama by Bjørn Jacobsen
This Junkers Ju88C-6 Zerstörer (heavy fighter) belonged to 1./St.G.76 Sturzkampfgeschwader
(1st squadron of 76th Dive Bomber Wing)
On a mission to intercept American bombers in
1943, the Zerstörer was badly damaged by
enemy fire, especially in the starboard wing and
the tail section.
The starboard engine started to burn and the
Zerstörer had no other choice than trying a
The plane landed on its belly and slide nicely on
the ground. It loses speed and a tree hit the wing
just outside the starboard nacelle.
The badly damaged wing breaks off and the
Zerstörer ends up in a small creek.
The fire ceased to burn and the crew escapes
with minor injuries.
Shortly after, German soldiers arrive in a 251
and a couple of officers in a Küberwagen takes
very good care of the crew.
The first I needed was a suitable base for the diorama.
In my garage, I found a suitable plate in 60 x 40 cm (24”x16”) and some polyethene packaging in an old TV box which I thought was perfect for moulding the terrain.
The first thing I did was to roughly cut the landscape out of the polyethene and started to make the terrain and the river. I also found an old green carpet, which could be the base for grass, trees and bushes, it just needed to be painted.
Stones, gravel and sand for the river bed, was right in my back yard. It was just to pick what I needed.
The first I did to the plane was to rip
and saw off all the parts which were
damaged or destroyed during the
The starboard wing, the rudders,
the propellers, the engine covers,
the canopy, the landing gear,
the starboard nacelle etc.
I put a new Junkers Jumo 211 engine
into the starboard nacelle and
panted it black and burned.
I also put broken wires and tubes
into the nacelle to make it as realistic
I also used very thin metal sheets as
the aircraft's skin and bent it like it was
part of an explosion.
The nacelle and part of the wing was
painted as badly burned.
The sawed-off wing was issued with
a perforated strut and the wing beams,
in front and in the back of the wing,
was made visible and clearly damaged
by the enemy fire.
The wings on a plane are incredibly
strong, and I needed some badly
damages to justify the rip-off of the wing.
Holes were made in the wing and
especially near the wing beams
The plane was also hit in the tail and the
stabilizers and I made holes and shredded
metal skins accordingly
The landing flaps on the starboard side
were partly ripped apart, but were
hanging on to the outer wing.
The wing beams were clearly visible
extending from the broken wing.
I use drawings of the plane to get
the interior as correct as possible.
The propellers were heated over a candle
and bent backwards.
It is almost time to place the plane in the
diorama, but I needed a three for
ripping off the wing.
The three was made by
The trees were made by twisting wires
from inside a lamp cord around a wooden
stick. By still twisting the wires into
smaller parts, I can make the branches
of the tree.
This is a technique which is also good
when making bushes and smaller trees.
To get the stem so vividly as possible,
I used Elmer's clear School Glue, mixed
with sawdust. After it dried, it was ready
for painting. The small branches have to
be airbrushed, otherwise, it is almost
impossible to paint all the thin wires.
To get the leaves on the tree, I spray it
with hairspray and sprinkle over the
Woodland Scenic Grass. It adheres to
the hairspray and with a sympathetic look,
it could be leaves.
Then, the Zerstörer was placed
at the riverbed for the first time.
The water was made with Woodland Scenics Realistic Water.
and the Soldiers
The help arrived in an armored half-track
personnel carrier, Sd.Kfz.251/1,
in short 251
This APC could carry a crew of two and
up to ten infantrymen.
The Soldiers took care of the wounded
aircraft crew and formed perimeter
around the crash site.
The German soldiers are from
I have also placed a couple of civilian
onlookers on the other side of the creek.
It is probably an old farmer and his dog,
together with his war-injured son.
and here it is:
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