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Junkers Ju 290A-5 Seeadler

1/72 Scale

 

Revell

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 05015
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 215 parts in grey injection moulded styrene; 37 parts in clear injection moulded styrene; markings for four aircraft
Price: 19.99 plus postage in the EU; 17.01 plus postage elsewhere. Available online from Hannants
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: First time as an injection-moulded kit; great detail; crisply engraved panel lines and appropriate structural features; useful options (eg optional turrets, open/closed gun positions and cargo doors, separate fuselage roof to expose nice interior detail); impressive size.
Disadvantages: Minor odd engineering (eg armoured pilots' seats are split along the centreline); radar array a bit overscale in styrene
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

While other model manufacturers look to larger scales, Revell has instead decided to reign over the field of big German aircraft in 1/72 scale.

The new 1/72 scale Junkers Ju 290A-5 is Revell's third new-tool large Luftwaffe subject in recent years. The kit is 39.6 cm long and has a wing span of 57.8 cm.

Revell's 1/72 scale Ju 290A-5 comprises 215 parts in grey plastic and 37 parts in clear. Surface texture is very nice. Crisply engraved panel lines are supplemented with raised bumps and lumps were appropriate. Rear-facing scoops on the top of the fuselage are hollow, and hinge lines for the control surfaces are more deeply recessed than the regular panel lines.

 

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The plastic parts are almost perfectly moulded. There are a couple of sink marks on the main landing gear but these will be largely hidden inside the gear bay. Plenty of detail is moulded in place too - on interior bulkheads, and even exhaust ejectors on the rear of the engine cowlings.

Separate detail parts are very fine. The control yokes, trim actuators and clothesrail aerials are especially worthy of mention. The respectable cockpit detail extends back into the navigator's position and the passenger cabin . Indeed, a floor runs the full length of the cabin interior with some more nice detail around the rear fuselage gunners' positions. Revell has thoughtfully supplied the top of the fuselage as a separate piece if the modeller wishes to display the interior of the aircraft. The rear cargo doors may also be positioned open if desired. Even the big cargo ramp may be dropped.

Each engine nacelle assembly is made up from ten parts, including a cooling fan that will largely obscure the engine face detail. Maritime radar arrays are included in the kit, although it is a little too chunky in this scale. Some extra work making a jig and folding new aerials from fine wire would be well worth the effort, as the radar is quite prominent on the nose of the aircraft.

Engineering is fairly conventional. The lower wing is moulded as a centre section incorporating all four lower rear nacelles, plus a lower outer wing panel on both sides. The upper wings are moulded as separate halves. This overlapping method of assembly should be very robust and will also ensure the correct dihedral is set for the wings.

The large gear doors are moulded closed, which is correct. The gear legs protrude through a small opening at the front of the gear bay. This means that the main undercarriage legs must be installed prior to assembling the wings. You'll need to take care not to damage the exposed gear legs while you finish assembling and painting your Ju 290. Another engineering peculiarity is that the armoured seats in the cockpit are split vertically down the middle. I assume this is necessary due to the curved backrest, but it will be a challenge to remove the join line.

Markings for four Ju 290s are supplied on the decal sheet.

 

 

These decals are typical Revell fare - flat finish (which always makes me nervous) and in register, including stencils. Colour callouts suggest greys 74, 75 and 76; but I think that the maritime shades of 72, 73 and 65 would be a more likely camouflage combination.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Revell's new Junkers Ju 290A-5 carries on the rich tradition of some of Revell's recent releases including their He 177 Greif and the giant Bv 222 Flying Boat. With a wingspan on 57.8 cm (almost 2 feet), Revell's Ju 290 would be impressive due to its size alone, but it has a lot more going for it than sheer bulk.

Once again, Revell has quietly released a great kit in 1/72 scale.

For some reason, these excellent small-scale kits do not seem to generate the hysteria of other recent releases in larger scales, but they are well worthy of attention due to their quality mouldings, high level of detail, their conspicuous size and good value price tag.

Now, Revell, how about applying the same treatment to some big Allied subjects in 1/72? A Halifax perhaps? A Stirling? A Hampden?

Recommended.

Thanks to Hannants for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
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