03 - Junkers Ju 87 B-2 Stuka

Junkers Ju87 B-2 Stuka

by Bjørn Jacobsen

The STUKA is forever associated with Germany's Blitzkrieg

 

A dive bomber, spreading terror and devastation in its way. Feared by civilians and soldiers.

 

The Stuka had one main fault, it needed a

friendly sky. Agile and fast single-engine

fighters like Hurricanes and Spitfires swapped

the Stukas as flies.

 

The Stuka did well against Poland, Denmark,

Norway, the Netherlands, and Russia,

to mention a few, but against Britain, the Stuka

was quite helpless and needed Bf109

protection

 

Nevertheless, this model is from

Battle of Britain, the summer of 1940 and

belonged to 7/StG1.

 

I always find it fun to try to let the models “come alive” in the pictures, so also with this Stuka.

 

I let it do what it did best, namely diving bombing.

 

"Invisible" fishing lines and a little photo-editing makes the Stuka fly.

The background is a wall decal mounted on a cardboard.

 

The model is a 1:48 from Tamiya.

 

The Stuka was far from a small plane as you can see on this picture. It was a sturdy construction that could take a lot of punishment

Specifications

Junkers Ju78 B-2

 

Crew: 2

 

Dimensions;

Length: 11.00 m (36 ft 1.07 in)

Wingspan: 13.8 m (45 ft 3.30 in)

Height: 4.23 m (13 ft 10.53 in)

Empty weight: 3,205 kg (7,086 lb)

Loaded weight:4,320 kg (9,524 lb)

Max. takeoff weight: 5,000 kg (11,023 lb)

 

Powerplant: 1 × Junkers Jumo 211D liquid-cooled inverted-vee V12 engine, 1200 PS (1,184 hp (883 kW))

 

Performance:

Never exceed speed: 600 km/h (373 mph)

Maximum speed: 390 km/h (242mph) at 4,400 m (13,410 ft)

Range: 500 km (311 mi) with 500 kg (1,100 lb) bomb load

Service ceiling:8,200 m (26,903 ft) with 500 kg (1,100 lb) bomb load

Maximal bombload: 1000kg

 

Armament

Guns: 2× 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun forward, 1× 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun to rear

Bombs: Normal load = 1× 250 kg (550 lb) bomb beneath the fuselage and 4× 50 kg (110 lb), two bombs underneath each wing.

Maximal bombload: 1000kg

 

 

 

 

Bjørn Jacobsen

 

bjorn@dioramas-and-models.com

 

2013