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Junkers W 34Hi

 

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. 72086 - Junkers W 34Hi with BMW 132 motor
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 59 parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 8 parts in clear injection moulded plastic; 3 parts in pale yellow resin, decals for three aircraft.
Price: USD$28.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting and unusual subject; terrific corrugated surface detail; injection moulded canopy; excellent decals.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green


 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Junkers W 34Hi is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

We don't get to see too many transport, trainer and communication aircraft in injection moulded form but, thanks to Special Hobby, there is now a Junkers W 34Hi (version with BMW 132 motor) on the market.

The Junkers W 34 could carry cargo or up to six passengers, and saw service with the Luftwaffe and other Axis forces from their introduction in 1934 until the end of the war. 900 Junkers W34s of all variants were produced.

Special Hobby continues their 1/72 scale W 34 family with the BMW radial powered version. This kit comprises 59 parts in grey injection moulded plastic, 8 parts in clear injection plastic and 3 resin parts.

The most striking feature of the kit is the corrugated texture typical of Junkers transports. This is extremely well done on all the outer surfaces.

 

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You might want to spend a bit of extra time ensuring alignment of the fuselage and wing parts before committing to glue, though. The corrugations will not be forgiving of putty and sanding!

This kit is not quite as multi-media intensive as most other Special Hobby offerings. In fact, only three resin parts supplement the plastic. The main resin parts make up the exhaust ring for the BMW engine, and it is very nicely done.

Despite the absence of brass and paucity of resin, a basic interior is supplied in plastic, and the engine (quite effectively hidden behind a vented face) is a well detailed single moulding. The cargo door is supplied separately and may be positioned open, so individual modellers may decide to add more interior detail to the cargo bay / passenger cabin.

The clear parts are thin and free of distortion.

 

 

Markings are supplied for three aircraft that reflect the versatility of the type - one in Luftwaffe service, a Finnish example and a post-war Czech W 34.

 

Conclusion

 

A few years ago I decided there was no earthly way that I could build all the models in my collection, so I sold off all of my 1/72 scale kits.

Even moreso than their larger counterparts, 1/72 scale is undergoing a revolution largely thanks to the enthusiasm of eastern European manufacturers including Special Hobby. Many of the subjects are just too interesting to resist, so my pile of 1/72 scale kits is rapidly growing again.

Being limited run in nature, Special Hobby's Junkers W 34Hi will require more time in cleanup and test fitting, and is likely to present a few construction challenges. It is worth making the effort though, as you will end up with an eye catching model of an important type that is under-represented in plastic!

Recommended.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.


Review Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 31 May, 2005
Last updated 31 May, 2005

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