This very popular series is enhanced by a fine new addition to the catalogue. The Stuka has always been a popular model aircraft and a well-received Christmas present. – Much Recommended.
NAME: Flight Craft, Junkers Ju87 Stuka FILE: R2635 AUTHOR: Martin Derry, Neil Robinson PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 96 PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, WWII, model kits, modellers, model engineers, Luftwaffe, dive bomber, Stuka, Ju87, Battle of France, invasion of Poland, Greece, Crete, Battle of Britain, Eastern Front ISBN: 1-52670-262-2 IMAGE: B2635.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yafcehhz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This very popular series is enhanced by a fine new addition to the catalogue. The Stuka has always been a popular model aircraft and a well-received Christmas present. – Much Recommended. The Stuka was already obsolescent by the start of WWII and could only survive where the Luftwaffe held air supremacy. However, it served through the whole of WWII and in every Luftwaffe theatre. The Stuka was essentially a flying artillery weapon to support the rapidly advancing panzer armies. In this role, and providing that it was protected by air supremacy, it was a great success. Until the Battle of Britain it had never had to operate where the Luftwaffe had not already established air supremacy. In this battle it was easy meat for the Hurricanes and Spitfires, requiring it to be withdrawn from the battle. Again in Greece and Crete it faced no predator and performed well. Initially in North Africa it saw its successes but again became vulnerable as the Allies built up their desert air forces. Then came the Russian campaigns and the Stuka was successful, even as air superiority began to pass to the Soviet Air Forces. As a model, the Stuka builds into a formidable display, especially in the Airfix 1/24 scale Ju87B. There are also very impressive models at 1/32 and 1/48 scale. Then there is considerable choice of 1/72 scale kits and it is one of the few aircraft types to be available in several 1/144 scale kits. In short, there is something for every modeller, adding to its popularity. One of the most interesting versions of Stuka is the G, armed with a pair of 37mm anti-tanks guns. This type clocked up a very impressive score of Russian tanks and greatly assisted the German Army on the Eastern front. As with the other books in the series, this new volume features some outstanding colour photographs and specific advice for modellers, but it also includes a very good history of the aircraft, making it appealing to a much wider readership.