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First Look Review
N Scale Junkers Ju-52
Junkers Ju-52 "Lufthansa"
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Junkers Ju-52 D-AQUI

The oldest airworthy JU52, D-AQUI was built in 1936, with serial No. 5489 and given Reg. D-AQUI Fritz Simon. After World War Two this Junkers flew in South America until bought by American aviation author Martin Caidin. Caidin christened her Iron Annie, registered N52JU, and flew it in airshows. In 1984 Lufthansa reacquired her and flew her back to Germany, where she was refurbished her with her old registration D-AQUI (painted on the wings) and christened Tempelhof. Her official registration is D-CDLH.

Herpa D-AQUI

A preassembled plastic model, D-AQUI is remarkable for fidelity of authentic detail. The model is packaged in an attractive box adorned with photographs of the aircraft on the ground and in flight. Inside the box, the model is protected by a form-fitted plastic sandwich. The contents are the model, a sprue of pitot tubes and a Lufthansa banner, a printed simulated aircraft placard, and an instruction sheet.

The molding is excellent. If you scrutinize the model hard enough you may find some fine seam lines where the fuselage halves were joined together. There are no sink holes, mold marks, nor flash.

Inside the cockpit you can see crew seats and yokes. Herpa molded the exhaust pipes of the wing BMW 132T radial engines with indentions giving a hollow illusion. There is not much engine to be seen yet Herpa provides good detail.

The full span narrow flap "double wing" along the trailing edge is properly separated from it and the attachments are reasonably to scale, as are the landing gear struts.

Painting and Markings

Sharp painting and markings add to the quality of this model. I looked the model over thoroughly and just found the Bundesflagge (federal flag) high on the vertical fin. The Lufthansa crane logo is sharply rendered, as are all the markings. Printing the markings upon the corrugated surface was expertly done without distortion. How do they do it? These are not decals!

The only nitpick I can make is that the propellers are molded in color, and the plastic has glittery speckles in it.

Summary

N scale modelers now have a high quality model of the ubiquitous Tante Ju - "Auntie Ju". Recommend.

SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp detail, crisp markings, beautiful finish.
Lows: A speckled appearance in the propeller plastic. Very slight seam lines.
Verdict: Herpa has graced the N scale world with a high quality model of a classic aircraft that spans the eras of steam through today.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 019040
  Suggested Retail: 48,00 EUR
  Related Link: Herpa Junkers Ju-52
  PUBLISHED: Aug 09, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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