This work on the Ju 87 Stuka is firmly aimed at the modeller, and combines a history of the aircraft with a guide to the available kits. The historical chapters take an unusual approach, merging the technical and operational histories into three chapters. Each thus covers a number of related versions of the aircraft, and the campaigns that took place while they were the most recent types. I’m not entirely convinced by this approach, as the older types remained in use after the more recent ones appeared, so earlier models also took part in the campaigns covered in the chapter on the Ju 87 D and G, but it does break up the massive of technical detail.
This series’s focus on the modeller is reflected in the impressively sizable chapter on the many different kits produced of the Stuka over the years. This takes up an entire third of the book, and starts with a series of reviews of the models themselves, followed by a large section of colour photos of completed examples of many of the kits. I rather like this idea, as it allows you to directly compare the results that can be produced from different kits (if you’ve got the same level of skill as the modellers whose work is shown here of course!). The book also contains a large number of high quality pictures, often with detailed captions that would help a modeller who would like to reproduce a particular aircraft.
The dual focus of this book does mean that it will appeal most to the modeller. If you aren’t really interested in that side of things, then there are other books on the Stuka that will serve you better, but if you a modeller then this is an excellent guide to this infamous aircraft, combining a good technical and operational history with an impressive modelling guide.
1 - Origins and Ju 87A
2 – Ju 87B/C/R
3 – Ju 87 D/G
4 – Ju Camouflage and Markings
5 – The Stuka in Colour
6 – Modelling the Stuka
Author: Martin Derry and Neil Robinson
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation