Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Junker Ju 52 Model Fan is
available online from Squadron.com
This is the 4th in AJaKS’s line of “Encyclopedic Publications” and this time
they concentrate on the famous “Aunty Ju”.
The A4 size soft card covers contain seventy pages with a further 16 pages in
loose form. The main text is in English with nine pages being devoted to the
Polish language. The captions are bilingual.
The text follows the standard layout with a brief history being devoted to Hugo
Junkers and his introduction to building all metal aircraft. The reasons for the
building of the single engine Ju 52 are well explained, and the authors do well
to explain the differences between each prototype.
The development history of this famous aircraft is not totally clear and
inevitably there are conflicting accounts of its progress. One of the strengths
of this publication is that if there are different points of view, then all are
given in the text. An example of this being the fate of the first prototype.
For reasons of commercial viability it was inevitable that the aircraft would
take on more engines. Safety was a big factor for airlines and so the Ju 52/3m
was born. The Ju 52 was able to be adapted to many different roles and both
civilian and military versions are discussed. The text is supported with an
interesting selection of photographs that includes the prototypes, transport,
cargo and combat types.
The Ju 52/3m first saw combat use during the war between Bolivia and Paraguay
where it was used for dropping supplies to the troops. Further action came
during the Spanish Civil War and it is from here that the authors go into detail
to describe the aircraft’s use until the end of World War II.
For modelers, there is a chapter that describes the various kits and accessories
that abound in the marketplace. Although these relate to the Polish market, all
the usual suspects can be found.
A book such as this would not be complete without scale drawings. The fuselage
profiles take up the entire A4 pages and so it is the upper, lower, front and
rear views that need the larger loose sheets mentioned earlier. These drawings
cover just about any version one is likely to need. There are nine pages that
feature the single engine version (later named the Ju 52/1m) and 28 pages that
cover the Ju 52/3m. Very comprehensive.
Colour profiles are not forgotten with 13 pages covering all types. These are
all nicely done with a terrific variety of colour schemes.
The authors have done an admirable job of presenting as much information as they
have in a book this size. To do justice to an aircraft such as the Ju 52 would
take a book many times the size of this one and consequently would be extremely
Here we have an affordable book that any modeler of this aircraft should find
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
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