Friday, December 7

ICM's new kit preview: Sprues, CADs & Boxart of the 48th scale Ju-88С-6b

ICM has just released their new 48th scale  Junkers Ju 88С-6b Night Fighter to your local hobby shop. We have some of the sprues, CADs and of course the artwork in our preview to show you of this sleek night destroyer...

ICM's new kit release, sprues, CADs & Boxart

Ju-88С-6b, WWII German Night Fighter
MODEL KIT No 48239
Scale: 1:48th scale
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This new kit from ICM is a re-tooling with additional parts to transform it into a night fighter of the Luftwaffe. The original kit some of you may be familiar with is from 2015 "vintage", with several of the Ju-88 family already kitted by ICM, this is one that many modellers will be anticipating.

A quick rundown of the Ju-88C family for those of you who need a catch-up...
The Ju 88C was originally intended as a fighter-bomber and heavy fighter by adding fixed, forward-firing guns to the nose while retaining some bomb carrying ability of the A-series bomber. The C-series had a solid metal nose, typically housing one 20 mm MG FF cannon and three 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns. The aircraft retained the ventral Bola gondola under the crew compartment through individual units sometimes removed this to reduce weight and drag to enhance performance. The Ju-88C was later used as a night fighter, and this became its main role.

The Matratze 32-dipole antenna for the Lichtenstein UHF radar on a Ju-88C-6b
The first version of the Ju 88C was the C-1 with 20 aircraft converted from A-1 airframes. Some of them entered service in the Zerstörerstaffel of KG 30 which became part of II./NJG 1 in July 1940. The C-1 was followed by the C-2 of which 20 aircraft were converted from A-5 airframes with enlarged wingspan. The C-4 became the first production version with 60 produced and 60 converted from A-5 airframes. 
The C-6 variant, of which 900 aircraft were produced, was based on the A-4 airframe with more powerful engines and stronger defensive armament (single- or dual-mount belt-fed 7.92 mm MG 81 or 13 mm MG 131 instead of drum-fed MG 15 machine guns).
The C-6 as night fighter was typically equipped with FuG 202 Lichtenstein BC low-UHF band airborne intercept radar, using the complex 32-dipole Matratze antennas. The first four C-6 night fighters were tested in early 1942 by NJG 2. The trials were successful and the aircraft was ordered into production. In October 1943, many C-6s were upgraded with new radar systems. The first new radar equipment was the FuG 212 Lichtenstein C-1. After the UHF-band Lichtenstein radars had been compromised to the Allies in the late spring of 1943, the next development in German AI radar was the VHF-band FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2, discarding the 32-dipole Matratze antennae for the much larger eight-dipole Hirschgeweih (stag's antlers) aerials, required for the longer wavelength SN-2 system.
Many Ju-88C's had their Bola gondolas modified to hold up to two forward firing 20 mm cannons. Several C-6 night fighters were equipped with two "Schräge-Musik" upward-firing 20mm cannons in trial fittings, and from mid-1943 onward, there was an official field modification kit available for this arrangement.

This new kit from ICM:
The " Ju 88С-6b, WWII German Night Fighter" is in 1/48th scale with new decals and a new sprue for the radar array. We have some CAD images of the kit showing you the overall shape.

Some CAD images of the kit  - 
The sprues of the kit - some of these you may be familiar with the earlier releases of this family from ICM...
This kit should be in your local hobby shop or online dealer in time for Christmas. More info on this kit on the ICM Website