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ESM - Stuka-DJU-87D 80" ARF Kit

Manufacturer: ESM Warbirds Product Code: ESM-W003B

W003 Stuka-DJU-87D 80" ARF kit


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The Ju-87 is the quintessential German WWII aircraft. The Stuka, which is short for Sturzkampfflugzeug (dive bomber),served with distinction in almost every theatre. It was one of the keys to the early victories of the Wehrmact in Poland, France, the Low countries and around the mediterranean.

In the Blitzkreig of Poland in 1939 and the early 1940's offensive operations, it acted as mobile artillery ahead of the wehrmact's fast moving armoured troops. With its screaming dive siren, the stuka spread fear amongst troops on the recieving end of its attacks. The aircraft's lines were quite unique with inverted gull like wings and an angular and aggressive appearing fuselage.

Almost 6000 were produced, and they were used from North Africa to the coasts of England, and from Norway to the Russian steppes. They also saw service during the Spanish Revolution.

By the end of 1940 the Stuka was essentially obsolescent, however, the development of new ground attack aircraft was proceeding very slowly, the Germans began developing an improved version of the Stuka. The D version, also known as the Dora mated the proven Stuka airframe to an upgraded engine, increased the range and upgraded the armour.

The Dora version, saw extensive service on every front of the German war effort. Hans Rudel, the most decorated German pilot of WWII flew a Dora. Rudel used the Stuka to sink a WWI era Russian battleship in Leningrad harbour. By February 1945, Rudel had flown over 1800 sorties, and destroyed over 202 tanks with his Stuka before being badly wounded after being hit by 40mm anti-aircraft fire. His life was saved by his observer, but his right leg had to be amputated. Amazingly, he returned to service and destroyed 26 more tanks before surrendering to US forces in May 1945. By the end of the war he had flown 2530 sorties and destroyed 2000 ground targets, sunk a battleship, 2 cruisers and a destroyer. He ended the war as the most decorated German pilot of all time, and compiled a world record for most operational sorties by any pilot. His skills were later influential in the development of the A-10 Warthog II by the US military in the 1970's. Without his trusty Stuka, Rudel would never have achieved his remarkable career.

-Fiberglass fuselage
-Fiberglass Cowling
-Fully built up wings and tail covered with Solartex Fabric and airbrushed with a matching finish
-Scale details molded into fiberglass parts, including panel lines and rivets.
-Pre-applied decals, covered with clear coat.
-Functional flaps.
-100% Laser cut wooden parts
- Also includes: wheels, servo trays, engine mount, fuel tank, decals and all hardware.
-Illustrated instruction manual included.

Wing Covering Material: Covering, painted, decals applied and clear coated. The aircraft has a beautiful flat, non-glossy finish. This is superior to glossy covering materials. It is scratch, tear and wrinkle resistant. The covering material is a brand name covering which has a special paint adherant layer. The covering goes on clear, and is then primed and painted, then clearcoated.

Wing span: 80"
Length: 67"
Flying Weight: 14 lbs approx.
Wing loading: 34.2 oz/sq. ft
Wing Area: 6.5 sq. ft

Engine : 180-200 4 stroke or 26-50cc petrol
Radio : 6+ channel
Servos : 4 x high torque, 4 x STD servos
retracts and control gear
extension leads
Y harness
Receiver Pack
Switch harness
Ignition battery (petrol only)
Ignition cutoff (optional)
Field equipment

NOTE: We recommend using a battery backup system like the Spektrum AR9100 for this size aircraft.

Experience Level : Intermediate/Advanced
Recommended Environment : Bigger airfields
Assembly Time : 20+ hours
Included with kit : All hardware (horns/pushrods/linkages etc). Rivet detail and panel lines make for a great scale subject.

NOTE:- All ESM warbirds are as close to scale as practical, and may require extra nose weight to get the CofG in the right place. We recommend you check CofG location of all aircraft before flying.