The model - Ju-87B "Picchiatello (1:72 scale)"
At last a model dedicated to Italian Stuka, called also Picchiatello. Italerei recently issued a Special Italy series, with a No. 6805 dedicated to an italian Ju-87 B-2/R-2 Stuka.
The model is fairly good, and builds up without big problems, apart the nose of th aircraft, that needs some attention before glueing.
The only modifies I made to the model was to remove the sirens placed on the main gear chassis, the where not used by italians, and added a
stretched sprue antenna.
The model has been painted with german standard camouflage for this plane, that is:
- RLM 70 Schwarzgruen, corrisponds to FS34050 and
Wethearing was made by airbrush, and chipped paint with Magnesium from Testors - Model Master.
From the box you can make a Stuka from 209th Diving Squadr., placed in Sicily in 1941, with the yellow strip on the nose of the aircraft.
I decided to make a 236th Squadr., 96th Group "Bombardieri a Tuffo", placed in Tripoli in 1941, done by use of Tauro Model decals (nr 72-521 for insigna and 72-546 for cockade).
If you use these decals you can build 6 different Picchiatello models, from 208th (Gorizia 1941), 236th (Tripoli 1941), 237th squadr. (Lecce - Galatina 1940), from "Nucleo Addestramento Tiro a Tuffo" (Lonate Pozzolo 1940/41), and 2 planes from 239th Squadr. (Lecce - Galatina 1940).
It's a good model, if you consider quality and price, and allows you to have a different Stuka in your collection.