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Junkers Ju 87 G-2, flown by Stuka Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel

built by Christian Jakl (1:48)

Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel
Hans-Ulrich Rudel was born on July 2nd 1916 in Konradswaldau, Silesia. He was the son of a clergyman. In contrast to his later accomplishments and bravery his childhood was rather peaceful and mundane. He was an average student and fairly timid. His only passion which he developed upon in later years was his love for athletics. This led to his becoming a master of the decathlon. His many accomplishments in school as well as a member of the Hitler youth led many to believe that he had a future at the Olympics. After his final exams, however, he wanted to become a commercial pilot.

His father did not have the financial means to support his ambitions. The desire to fly led him to enlist in the Wehrmacht. He began his basic military training on December 4th 1936. During mid 1937, pilot training followed. He was transferred to Graz-Thalerhof in June of 1938 as an officer cadet with the first Gruppe of Stukageschwader 168. There, he flew the Ju-87 for the first time. Things were not the way he would have liked. He was referred to by his superiors and fellow cadets as a "head case". He stood by his old principles; early to bed; drink only milk and no ladies please. On can imagine how fellow pilot cadets would react to such an individual. When the war began he could not wait to be sent to the front. He was repeatedly turned down and instead of going through channels he applied directly to the Headquarters of the Luftwaffe (Reichsluftfahrtsministerium). In order to quiet this thorn in the side, he got his wish.

He flew 2530 missions against the enemy. Whilst doing so he destroyed 519 Russian tanks, a battleship, a cruiser, a destroyer, 70 landing craft, over 800 motorized vehicles, over 150artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft positions. Furthermore he destroyed important bridges, supply lines and bunkers. (One can increase these numbers since many of his missions were flown without the knowledge of the Reich's leadership and the tallies were assigned to the Geschwader. Hitler forbade his flying because he did not want him lost to the propaganda machine). Rudel was shot down 30 times, and he was wounded 5 times. He also saved six crews downed behind enemy lines and escaped once from Russian captivity. He was decorated with the highest award for bravery in the German armed forces. He received the golden oak leaves with swords and diamonds to the Knights Cross. His iron will was remarkable.

During one mission his leg was badly wounded but he kept flying even though the wound had not healed. Then he flew while suffering from jaundice. After a leg was amputated he continued to fly. During his many award ceremonies he always simply stated that he was only doing his duty. He also always thanked his mechanic. British aces regretted that he did not fly on their side during the war. Stalin offered a 100.000 Rubel reward to have him dead or alive and Generalfeldmarschall Schörner said that Rudel was worth a whole division. Hans-Ulrich Rudel survived the war and settled in Argentina. Despite his prosthesis he climbed 6000 meter mountains, water-skied, was successful in Tennis tournaments and won a few ski races.
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The model

I'll admit right off hand that I am not a friend of the Stuka. The Ju87 G-2 shown here is a commission. The Gustav is probably the most pleasing of all the variants. The Hasegawa model JT 54 dates to 1998 and is hence relatively new. There are no problems with the assembly. It is a good model for the beginner. I improved the model with the addition of the Aires cockpit set # 4119. For the wing armament I used the Schatton 37mm brass barrels. The decals are 80% masked and painted. Only stenciling and Werknummern were decaled. There is a big minus with the Hasegawa kit. The representation of the flap connectors and the aileron connectors were poorly done and do not correspond to the original. I used various "Evergreen "plastic parts to improve them. It is possible with this improvement to position the flaps as one desires.

Junkers Ju87 G-2 flown by Stuka Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1:48)

  Model built by Christian Jakl, photos taken by Wolfram Bradac  
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  meet the modeler      

Christian Jakl

  I was born in Vienna in 1971 and now I live in the middle of the mountains in the Tyrol district. I am in marketing and my specialty is graphic design and layout. Ships, planes and automobiles is how it started and now I have taken up aircraft models only. I concentrate on the German and Soviet air force. My favorite mode of display are dioramas in 1/48 scale. Here I can let my imagination run wild and can produce many of parts. Experimentation and the use of new techniques are foremost on my mind. I also combine stock kits with other add onís and try out new tools. There is always a lot to learn.

It is not all that important to me if a detail is no exactly in the right spot; the final product has to look right. If somebody stands in front of my model and is enthused then I did my job right. The only problem I have is the time factor and in this I probably not alone. I wish everybody a lot of fun with this page and hope that critiques and comments are forthcoming.
  Christian Jakl  
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