Other countries were impressed with the Junkers design. Japan sent a delegation to Germany to study aircraft design and this led to the G.38 being built under contract by Mitsubishi as the Ki-20. Six were built and one still survives, housed in the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Hall. William Stout’s Ford Trimotor airliner was based on Junker designs. Tupolev’s ANT-20, the eight engined monster, eventually the largest aircraft when it was built also owes a debt to Hugo Junkers. See also my post about Miazaki’s animated film, The Wind Rises.
For you gamers out there, I hope that this thumbnail sketch of the G.38 and its milieu helps in understanding the 1920s a little better. There is plenty of information out there about the G.38 for making scenarios and I hope this introduction will be of help. I know that many of the concepts I have skated over in this post are far to in depth to be covered by a single article, no less a book, so I leave it to the reader to conduct his/her own research into these often contradictory and revised concepts that had great currency in the 1920s. I know that I have probably made a few errors here, so I would appreciate it if some of you air historians would help me out.