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Hobby Master Ju-87 Stuka Royal Hungarian Air Force 1943 1/72 Scale HA0156

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Hobby Master Junkers Ju-87D-3  Stuka 102/2 Zuhanobombazo szazad (Dive Bomber Sqn.) Royal Hungarian Air Force, Kiev  1943 1/72 scale. Diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled. HA0156

The Ju 87 was considered as one of the most important German military aircrafts during WWII. It was better known as the “Stuka” which means “Dive Bomber”.

While the Ju 87 achieved great success during the beginning of WWII due to its accuracy in bombing, it suffered from lack of speed and defense armament. Without the escort of German fighters the Stuka easily became preys for enemy high speed fighters. After the Battle of Britain the Ju 87 was seldom seen in actions in the continent.

In 1940, the Ju 87 D (the “Dora” series), with a more powerful engine Jumo 122F, was developed for the attack of heavily defended targets. In 1943, with the approaching invasion of Russia, the Ju87 G “Gustav” was developed for anti-tank purpose. It was fitted with two 37mm cannons under the main wing and the number 1 ace of it was the legendary Oberst (Colonel) Hans Ulrich Rudel who had achieved over 500 kills of Russian armor include one battle ship destruction.
In 1940 the Hungarian Air Force established an independent dive-bomber group equipped with Ju-87 B-2 Stukas. The group used these for training their 2 squadrons until they received new Ju-87 D-3 and D-5’s. In 1943 2/2 Zuhanobombazo szazad (Dive Bomber Sqn.) called "Kokuszdio" ("coconut") later renamed 102/2 was involved in fighting on the Eastern Front. The dive-bomber group flew 1,200 sorties and by itself 102/2 managed to drop 800 tons of bombs. Around the end of October 1943 the group was ordered back to Hungary.

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