Junkers J4 J.I Page Last Updated: Sep 2006
The Junkers J4, produced for the German air force as the J.I, entered service in 1918, and were extremely successful in their army co-operation role. Heavy and slow to respond to the controls they were nicknamed "Furniture Wagon" but due to the armour plate and general ruggedness they were popular with crews. Over 200 were built.
This is the Eduard Kit. The wing and aileron trailing edges are commendably thin for a kit in this scale. The kit is built mainly out-of-the-box, with a few details such as the pilot's footstep in wire. The model depicts an early production unit, with lozenge fabric on the rear of the fuselage, in later units this was also metal skinned.
The most difficult part about building this kit was getting the top wing on, the complex wing support struts were a little tricky to get aligned correctly all at the same time. Having it done it once to my satisfaction I had to do it all over again with two broken struts when the model was knocked of a shelf. At least there is no rigging to do.
The picture shows it as displayed at Wing & Things in Spalding in September 2006. At Scale Modelworld 2005 it was commended in the Cross & Cockade Class.
There are more pictures on the World War I Modeling Page website, at http://www.wwi-models.org/Images/Cox/CP/index.html
Junkers J9 D.I
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The Junkers J9 was ordered for the German air force as the D.I in 1918, but few saw operational service.
This is the Pegasus Kit. Decals come with the kit. I added a few scratch-built extras. The tailplane was made from plastic card. I made a tool from a filed-down screw to cut the characteristic Junkers "wriggly-tin" corrugations. the undercarriage and roll frame were made from brass rod and guitar string. The exhaust is a resin part, cut down to match the Junkers exhaust.
The colour scheme is from the report on a captured aircraft. The chocolate brown and white on the fuselage and tail are painted over the same pale green/violet camouflage shown on the wings. This pattern, and the serial number, show through the top colours.
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Developed from Professor Junkers experimental aircraft, the J1, the J2 was an all-metal design with semi-monococque fuselage and stressed skin wings. Great attention was paid to aerodynamics in the design, but the all up weight limited its performance. Its flying characteristics were compared to that of a heavily laden freight train. Only six were built, two to the original design, with armament, and four with a longer nose and larger rudder, to try to improve deficiencies found in initial flight trials. A very different aeroplane from the normal 'stick and string' biplane of the First World War, and the first in a long line of Junkers warplanes.
This is the Blue Rider Phoenix Kit vacform. Decal and white metal parts come with the kit. I added a few scratch -built extras. For a full review of the build visit the Internet Modeler Magazine, June 2001 issue
For more info on Junker aircraft in general visit the Hugo Junkers Homepage