Kagero Monograph #64 Ju 88 Vol III

This book can be divided into 3 different sections:

  • Different variants of the Ju-88. 30 pages.
  • Ju-88 in the Battle of Britain. 46 pages
  • 3D images of a Ju-88A-1. 61 pages

There are black & white photos throughout the first 2 sections of the book. The first section goes through the changes introduced in each model of the aircraft from the Ju-88A to Ju-88T and the Mistel. it covers sub-variants too, such as the A-1, A-2 etc.

The second section covers the combat actions of the Ju-88 in the battle of Britain in a lot of detail including first-hand accounts and details of the combat missions and losses. It goes into a lot of detail, even as far as naming those who were killed, wounded and captured.

The third section has 80 3D images of a Ju-88A-1. It covers practically every part of the aircraft that a modeller might be interested in getting close up images of. It concentrates on the cockpit and most of the images are from that area. There are also several close up images of the landing gear.

The book is printed on semi-glossy paper and the text is in English.

Table of contents for this volume:

  • Marek Ryś, Marek Murawski
  • 140 pages
  • 136 archival photos
  • 80 renders
  • format (sizes): (210×297 mm)
  • matte coated paper
  • softcover binding
  • ISBN 9788365437754

From the publisher’s website:

After the start of the production of the first production version Ju 88 A-1 two subsequent versions, based on the same airframe was developed. The first of them was the Junkers Ju 88 A-2, designated, like its predecessor, as Horizontal- und Sturzbomber (horizontal and dive bomber), powered by new Junkers Jumo G-1 engines, differing from the Junkers Jumo 211 B and D engines in having strengthened block structure. The maximum take-off power of the G-1 version was 1,200 hp at 2,400 RPM. The Ju 88A-2 was the first variant adapted for use of Walter Starthilfe 109-500 A-1 take-off rocket boosters. These boosters were designed in the late 1930s to facilitate the take-off of bomber aircraft carrying maximum bomb load. They were liquid-fuel devices rated at a maximum thrust of 500 kG and with the burn time of around 30 seconds. The Luftwaffe personnel quickly dubbed it Kraftei (power egg). Indeed the take-off booster resembled an egg, had oval shape flattened in the forward section housing the parachute deploying automatically after the booster’s burnout and jettisoning from underwing mounts. The engine was 1.42 m long and its diameter in the widest place was 0.68 m. The rocket boosters were safe in operation and assisted more than 3,000 documented take-offs without any serious accidents.

This book would be invaluable if you’re building a Ju-88A-1 and want to make sure the details in the cockpit are correct down to the colour of every last switch and knob. From a historical point of view, it has a lot of detail about the battle of Britain and also has a very good breakdown and information about all the different versions of the Ju-88.

Highly recommended for modellers who have a Ju-88 on their bench.
Kagero is available direct from the publisher here for about US$26.00.

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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