Junkers Ju 290A-5 Seeadler
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|Contents and Media:
||215 parts in grey injection moulded
styrene; 37 parts in clear injection moulded styrene; markings for four
£19.99 plus postage in the EU; £17.01 plus postage elsewhere. Available
online from Hannants
||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);
||Minor odd engineering (eg armoured
pilots' seats are split along the centreline); radar array a bit overscale
Reviewed by Brett Green
While other model manufacturers look to larger scales, Revell
has instead decided to reign over the field of big German aircraft in 1/72
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.
Click the thumbnails below to view
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.
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
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?
Thanks to Hannants
for the review sample
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