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German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Battle of Moscow, December 1941 (1:72 Scale)
German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Battle of Moscow, December 1941

Corgi German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Battle of Moscow, December 1941




 
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Corgi AA32519 German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Battle of Moscow, December 1941 (1:72 Scale) "Only he is lost who gives himself up for lost!"
- Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Stuka Pilot

The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") was a two-seat (pilot and rear gunner) German ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

The aircraft was easily recognizable by its inverted gull wings, fixed spatted undercarriage and its infamous Jericho-Trompete ("Jericho Trumpet") wailing siren, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the "Blitzkrieg" victories of 1939-1942. The Stuka's design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the plane recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high acceleration. Although sturdy, accurate, and very effective, the Ju 87 was vulnerable to modern fighter aircraft, like many other dive bombers of the war. Its flaws became apparent during the Battle of Britain; poor manoeuvrability, lack of speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required a fighter escort to operate effectively.

The Stuka operated with further success after the Battle of Britain, and its potency as a precision ground-attack aircraft became valuable to German forces in the Balkans Campaign, the African and Mediterranean Theaters and the early stages of the Eastern Front campaigns where Allied fighter resistance was disorganized and in short supply. Once the Luftwaffe had lost air superiority on all fronts, the Ju 87 once again became an easy target for enemy fighter aircraft. In spite of this, because there was no better replacement, the type continued to be produced until 1944. By the end of the conflict, the Stuka had been largely replaced by ground-attack versions of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, but was still in use until the last days of the war. An estimated 6,500 Ju 87s of all versions were built between 1936 and August 1944.

This particular 1:72 scale replica of a German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka dive-bomber was attached to 3./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", then participating in the Battle of Moscow during December 1941. Comes painted in a flocked winter camouflage pattern. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7-1/2-inches
Length: 6-1/4-inches

Release Date: December 2021

Historical Account: "Ghost Bones" - Without doubt one of the most instantly recognizable aircraft of the Second World War, the Junkers Ju-87 Stuka may not have been the most effective strike aircraft to see combat during the conflict, but it was certainly one of the most feared. Capable of providing strategic, precision bombing support for advancing Wehrmacht ground units, the Stuka heralded the coming of war and as such, had been designed specifically to instill fear and confusion into enemy troops and the terrified population at large. Attaching a wailing siren, known as the 'Jericho Trumpet', to one of the undercarriage spats on the Stuka's airframe, only served to enhance the reputation of this aircraft, with its distinctive gull wings coming to represent the fearsome manifestation of Blitzkrieg! Although the Stuka had been found to be vulnerable against the modern fighters of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, it would go on to play a significant role during Operation Barbarossa, where its precision strikes were used to clear a path for advancing ground units along the vast front line.

This 3./StG.2 Stuka wears the standard camouflage of Black/green and Dark green over light blue, but has a roughly applied winter distemper to give it additional protection whilst operating during winter conditions. It also features a representation of gaping mouth artwork over the air cooler and above, which is described as 'Ghost Bones', making this one of the most distinctive Stukas to serve on the Eastern Front.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Spinning propeller
  • Opening canopy
  • Comes with seated pilot figure
  • Comes with display stand

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