Oxford Diecast AC004 Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Aircraft Model 1/72
Oxford Diecast 1/72 Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Aircraft Model AC004
The Junkers Ju 87 was a two seater German ground attack aircraft. It earned the name Stuka from the German word Sturzkampfflugzeug meaning 'dive bomber'.Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, it first flew in combat during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Between 1938 and 1944, around 6500 Ju 87s were made. Its dintinctive inverted gull wings - specially reinforced to cope with the steep dives and recovery - and fixed 'spat' undercarriage were instantly recognisable but it was the wailing siren noise as it dived in bombing mode that left a haunting memory for its victims on the ground. The Ju 87 was a strong, accurate and effective aircraft but it was outshone by the Allied aircraft during the Battle of Britain, where its poor manoeuvrability and speed became apparent, makingit an easy target. Stg 77, along with Stab.III, participated in the August 1940 offensive where they were centred on the northern coast of France, suitably positioned for an attack against England. Our model represents the Ju 87 Stuka as it appeared during that time.