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Junkers Ju 88A-4 'Gerbini'

Model Laboratory - Junkers Ju 88A-4 'Gerbini' Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2013 Title Model Laboratory - Junkers Ju 88A-4 'Gerbini'
Author Javier Lopez de Anca, Marta Ramirez Gomez Publisher Accion Press Modelismo
Published 2013 ISBN 8480002164009
Format 30 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 7.00€


Here's a new series of monographs from Accion Press - each one takes a particular kit and walks the modeler through basic assembly, application of aftermarket details, painting, marking, and weathering. In Issue 1, the author started with DML 6370 took it beyond the already nice detailing provided in the stock kit. In this second issue, the author tackles the Cyberhobby 1/48 Ju 88A-4 kit and, like the first issue, takes this kit through some advanced painting and weathering techniques.

The project starts with painting and shading the cockpit and the author presents a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve some impressive results. The build progresses through a completed model, but this is only where the real skills begin. After the standard Luftwaffe splinter camouflage scheme is applied, the author walks through a process using hairspray as a masking agent for random weathing effects that provides an interesting approach to randomizing paint wear on heavily used aircraft. This technique is followed with a different oil-based weathering and pencils to bring out panel lines and simulate scratches.

Once the project is complete, a nice photo essay is provided of the completed subject. The author provides color profiles of four different alternatives to the basic Ju 88 subject followed by a nice survey of kits and aftermarket details for the Ju 88 series in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales.

This monograph is really well-done to take the experienced model builder and provide some advanced painting and weathering techniques which not only apply to the Ju 88 subject of this edition but also to a range of other subjects. This looks like a series worth keeping around for handy reference when you're trying to remember a unique technique or two that will help you take your next project to the more advanced level.

My sincere thanks to Accion Press for this review sample!