Tips for Electric Conversion: Click here to view a RCU thread on electric conversion of a Hurricane This size motor, the E-Flight Power 160 or equivalent is more than enough power for the 80" ESM planes. It can also be used with the 72" ESM planes with smaller batteries.
This JU87B Stuka 80" wingspan airplane is produced by ESM in China. ESM has been importing planes into the US for many years, so the company and its products are well proven and are some of the best in the industry.
ESM planes are factory painted to scale, have pre-applied decals which are covered with a clear coat, have functional flaps if standard on the full scale version, and most hardware included (screws, rods, fuel tanks etc...).
All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.
Most fuselages are epoxy resin fiberglass. The wings are typically built up, then covered with an etched polyester film and painted.
ESM planes are very high quality at a very reasonable price. They come with conventional gear and wheels in the kit. If the full scale model had retracts, the retracts are available separately. Retracts add a level of complexity to the model which is for more experienced pilots. Some planes offer scale accessories like bombs, gear doors, pilots, external fuel tanks and more separately for those builders who want more scale realism.
TBM carries some spare parts for ESM planes. Check out the ESM warranty for further information on spare parts. These planes look and fly very realistically. You will not find a better model anywhere even close to these prices. ESM is continually producing new products. Most of these new products will be 80" wingspan or larger to meet the needs for IMAA. We are confident that you will be happy with your model.
Factory painted to scale, and pre-applied decals, covered with clear coat. All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.
- Functional flaps
- All hardware included (screws, rods, fuel tanks etc...)
- Epoxy resin fiberglass fuselage, built up wings, covered with solartex fabric and finished with a flat paint scheme, decals pre-applied and clear coated!
- Comes with conventional gear and wheels in the kit. Scale wheel pants are included.
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 Wehrmacht in Poland, France, 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 Wehrmacht'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 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.