I have loved the look of the Ju88 for ages, and when I got back into Lego it started dawning on me to build one. I scoured the internet for other peoples versions, and while ok, nothing really looked like I would be personally happy with it if I were to build one of theirs.
I didn't just want it to look similar to one, but I wanted it to be detailed and replicated as close as possible, while giving it certain moving features. I wanted it to be screaming it is a Ju88!
Moveable ailerons, elevators and rudder.
Propellers spin freely.
Front and rear landing gear retracts/extends.
Bomb bay doors open and close.
Underside gondola can fit a minifig in it lying down.
Replica cockpit as closely matched in general layout and some details as possible to the original Ju88 design.
Moving rear cockpit and rear underside gondola guns =D
It is built solid so it can be picked up and held with ease without worry of something breaking.
I replicated the cockpit to be as close to the real thing as possible with certain details, bearing in mind Lego scale only allows for a certain amount of accuracy.
The plane itself compared to the minifigs is perhaps a little slightly too big, but probably only by 1 stud in width. If I made it slightly smaller, I was unable to build it with a decent underside gondola and everything else around it would be thrown completely off and make building it much more difficult. So I settled on an 8stud wide fuselage, meaning 6stud width space inside the cockpit.
I could not find anything that would work well enough for the canopy, so I decided to go down the route of 'representing' the canopy, by using those SW droid arms, and piping/tubing. The canopy, although not completely finished, is done as much as I can on LDD. When it comes to building this in real life, I shall be able to bend the flex tubing to where I want it and thus be able to finish the cockpit properly.
The rear of the front undercarriage gondola is a bit 'meh', but I don't really know how else to get the gear covers on the rear part to come down tigher because the wheel when retracted, is in the way, and so I had to make it as it is... Perhaps one day I'll revisit that and try a different approach, but for now I've exhausted my own personal abilities
There are a few things here and there that I had to make compromises for (undercarriage gondola for example), but overall personally I feel I made the best compromises with my current level of skill.
Flickr with more pics here.
Without further ado, here it is:
Please let me know if these pics need resizing smaller, and I shall do so
C&C very welcome!
Edited by Rufus, 26 April 2012 - 05:54 PM.