Reviewed by Brett Green
Junkers Ju 88 Vol. II is available online from Squadron.com
Kagero continues its coverage of arguably the best German medium bomber of WWII
with their latest Monograph publication, Junkers Ju 88 Vol.II. This volume
covers the operational story of the Junkers Ju 88A and D variants in Luftwaffe
and foreign service, and also provides a bonanza for modellers with a
comprehensive section of plans.
The book is presented in typical Kagero style. This A4 sized title has 138 pages
printed on glossy paper between cardboard covers, plus several A3 fold out pages
with 1/48 scale plans. The left hand column of each page in the history section is printed
in Polish and the right hand column in English. The captions and colour artwork
receive a similar approach with the Polish language first followed by the
28 pages of the book are devoted to technical drawings. There are 1/48 and 1/72 scale
drawings supplemented with scrap views detailing specific parts of interest of
the airframe plus ordnance. These are
all very well done. In addition to these, though, Kagero includes a series of
drawings that point out the incremental differences between Ju 88 variants. The
distinguishing factors are illustrated with shading and also described in
accompanying text. Kagero has been employing this feature for a while now, and I
think that it is one of the real benefits of the "Monographs" series..
Four big A3 foldout pages of attractive colour profiles, plus more profiles on
the inside front and both sides of the back cover, round out this publication.
A decal sheet is also included with the book. The decals are in 1/72
and 1/48 scales and are printed by Techmod.
Markings are offered for four different aircraft in both scales, including a
couple of very interesting "squiggle" pattern schemes and, my personal favourite,
a Ju 88A-4 with soft clouds of 76 and 79 sprayed over its standard RLM 70/71
The decal sheet is thoughtfully packed into a sealed plastic bag.
Modellers are well served with the Ju 88 in 1/48 scale via Dragon's quite
comprehensive family of kits. In 1/72 scale, things are not quite so bright, but
there is always the AMtech Ju 88S, T and H kits. We can live in hope for a true
state-of-the-art Ju 88A and D someday soon.
Regardless of what brand or scale you are building, though,
Kagero's Monograph continues to be a very useful format for modellers.
This is an excellent one-stop modellers' reference source on the Junkers Ju 88A
and D, with some useful supplementary material on the H, P, S and T variants