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Ju 88 C-4
Junkers Ju 88C-4
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by: Charles Reading [ CREADING ]

Introduction
Special Hobby has re-boxed the ICM Ju88A-5 and included additional conversion parts (both plastic and resin) and a decal sheet so the A-5 can be made into the Ju88C-4 heavy fighter version.

I am not going to review the ICM model as Rowan Baylis (MERLIN) did an excellent review already here.

Instead, I will show you the additions to the Special Hobby kit that transforms the A-5 into a C-4.

First the basics
The kit is packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with very nice box art depicting the Ju88C-4.

The kit arrived via the postal service from the Czech Republic in an outer box just big enough to house the kit box. Consequently both boxes were somewhat ‘dented’ from rough postal handling but the contents of the kit box were unharmed.

The conversion
There are two plastic sprues (one clear and one in light grey), one bag of resin parts and a decal sheet by Cartograf. Also included is a new instruction sheet.

The clear sprue has a very delicately molded crystal clear canopy in two parts. This canopy applies to both the A-2 and A-4 version with the single mount defensive MG 15 7.92 mm machine gun.
The light grey sprue contains the nose cap, weapons and the gondola.

Resin parts are crisp and have great detail. They include early ‘weighted’ wheels/tires, tail wheel, landing gear doors, exhaust shrouds, control panel, various ammunition drums, spent shell ejector panel, various cockpit detail pieces.

Instructions and decals
The Instruction sheet consists of a 22 page color booklet in normal A-4 magazine size.
Page 1 (cover) has a brief history of the Ju88C-4 in both Czech and English.
Pages 2-4 show the sprues and which ICM parts not to be used. There is also a painting guide using Gunze color numbers.
Pages 5-19 cover the 95 step assembly.
Pages 20-22 are color reference drawings showing the three aircraft camouflage patterns and decal placement.
The three versions included on the decal sheet are:
Ju88C-4, R4 MK W.Nr. 0359, 2/NJG2 Gilze-Rijen May 1941
Ju88C-4, R4 MT 9/NJG2 Gilze-Rijen, Summer 1942
Ju88C-4, R4 DL 3/NJG2 Catania, Sicily, May 1942

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SUMMARY
Highs: The ICM is a beautiful base kit for this conversion. The conversion pieces are flawless. The retail price is very reasonable when compared to sourcing the conversion pieces and paying separately.
Lows: There are still some flaws in the ICM kit that Special Hobby could have addressed with some extra plastic or resin (the flawed radiators for example)
Verdict: Out of the box this kit will give you a respectable version of the Ju88C-4. I give it thumbs up.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: SH 48177
  Suggested Retail: $67.20
  Related Link: Ju 88 C-4
  PUBLISHED: Mar 01, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.80%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.23%

About Charles Reading (CReading)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...

Copyright ©2017 text by Charles Reading [ CREADING ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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