In its brief but spectacular career the dive bomber earned itself a unique place in the pages of aeronautical history.  No other aircraft typified the terror wrought by these aircraft as did the Ju87 Stuka.

Perhaps understanding early the limitations of the dive bomber, the Regia Aeronautica (RA) never fully committed itself to the development of the dive bomber, choosing instead to devote its resources to the development of conventional ground attack aircraft and strategic bombers such as the Piaggio P.108, Cant. 1007 and Cant.1018.  However, with the rapid German successes in France and Poland and seeing a need for the pinpoint accuracy of the dive bomber (in support of its navy), the Regia Aeronautica turned to the Ju87.  It is interesting to note that neither Britain, France or Russia developed a successful dive bomber while the US, Japan and Germany each featured one.  However the Ju87 stands alone as the only successful land based dive bomber.

No other country outside of Germany had gained as much notoriety in the use of this aircraft as did the Italians.  Seeing that the number of Ju87s avaiable could not reach the prescribed numbers needed to put into effect the tactics of the Luftwaffe, the Italians developed the skip bombing technique well before its use in the Pacific war.  Italian dive bomber groups were called Bombardamento di Picchiata (Dive Bomber Group) and hence Picchatello (Dive Bomber).
Technical Data:
Aircraft:
Junkers Ju87D-3
Manufacturer: Junkers Flugzeug und Motorenwerke A. G.
Type: Dive Bomber
Year: 1941
Engine: Junkers Jumo 211J-1, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,400hp
Wingspan: 45 ft 3 in (13.79m)
Length: 37ft 9in (11.48m)
Height: 12ft 9 in (3.88m)
Weight: 12,880lb (5,835 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 255mph (410km/h) at 13,500ft (4,115m)
Ceiling: 23,905ft (7,300m)
Range: 954miles (1,535km)
Armament: 4 machine guns; 3,968lb (1,800kg) bomb
Crew: 2

Additional Images:
Italeri 1/48 Junkers Ju87R2
Italian Stuka - Picchiatello
by Jean Barby
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Construction
The stuka is from Italeri and seems more to scale than the Hasegawa model. The softness of the plastic is very annoying sometimes and makes the thinnest parts fragile. The interior from the kit is fine but with the help of the Part photoetch set it can really be improved.
Eduard Masks are very helpful for the canopy frame and save a lot of time. Two points are noticeable: the lack of the pilot's window under the instrument panel, you must scratch that one, and the too thick trailing edge of the wings. Colors of the JU 87 are RLM 70/71/65 and Verde mimetico 2 (H 302) to make a contrast where the Italian paint was sprayed over the German insignias, I have used Griggio Mimetico for the underside.