Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka – 3./STG 2 “Immelmann”, St Malo, France, Battle of Britain 1940
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA32501: Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka in the attractive colours of 3./STG 2 “Immelmann” based at St Malo, France during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Piloted by Major Alfons Orthofer of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77. The wing was raised to gruppe status in 1939. Mint and boxed 1/72 scale. Displays superbly and has to be seen to be appreciated. Corgi’s first (and still easily the best) Stuka, now very hard to find. Boxes are notoriously flimsy and almost all have the odd light scuff and/or crease.
Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 7.5 inches
Designed to function as a close support aircraft, the Ju 87 was first flown on September 17th, 1935. The Ju 87 had an innovative design that included automatic dive brakes under each wingâ€”a feature that protected against the consequences of pilot blackout by ensuring recovery from an attack dive. Crewed by a pilot and rear gunner, the Ju 87 had a bomb that swung away from the propeller on an elongated U-shaped crutch. Its inverted gull wings improved pilot-to-ground visibility, gave the undercarriage a shorter height and made the Ju 87 instantly recognizable to its enemies.
Corgi’s 1:72 scale Stukas faithfully replicate the gull-wing or “cranked” wing pattern, which with the spatted main undercarriage was one of the most notable and unusual features of this aircraft. Delicately assembled dive-brakes can be seen be seen beneath each wing. A 250kg bomb is mounted to the U-shaped crutch below the fuselage. The top engine cover can be removed to reveal the inverted Junkers Jumo 211D engine with the correct main engine support frames. Additional features include all-metal braced elevators, slotted ailerons and flaps and a rearward-facing machine gunner manning the M15 machine gun.