Junkers Ju-86C-1 W.Nr.0974 (ex Lufthansa D-ASOE "Hesselberg")
was found at Prague-Ruzyne airport at the end of WWII and incorporated into
the Czechoslovak Air Transport Regiment. The original German markings were
overpainted with a lighter shade of gray and Czechoslovak cocardes in the usual six positions (but wrongly oriented) were applied.
Italeri model of the civilian Ju-86 (kit No 029) is titled just
"Ju-86", and it is not exactly C-1 version. The horizontal
rudder depicts B and Z version (it should be divided into two halves for C
version) but I didn't make any changes there. To make the model more
similar to the Czechoslovak W.Nr.0974, I closed the rear part of the transparent cockpit canopy
with overall gray color (Humbrol 64). The other
minor changes to the original kit were the addition of some details to cockpit and
making the shape of wheels more realistic. The Czechoslovak cocardes are
hand-made (disc thirds made of excellent Propagteam white decal paper,
painted separately and applied together to the model).
to Miroslav Tebich and other people from Czech
for providing me with pictures and other useful information.