Arado 196 in 1/32
November 24, 2013 in Aviation
This is the Revell kit that was issued about three years ago. After a couple of ‘clean’ photos, I added a (modified) Verlinden figure, inspired by the photo at the end of this series. If you haven’t built or otherwise seen this kit, it has remarkable detail for a relatively small amount of money (£25, or about $30).
As with all Revell kits, there is the Mad Engineering Moment. In this case, despite all the wonderful attention to floats, engine, and cockpit, Revell offers the complex canopies as flat-packs, that have to be balanced along the cockpit lines as side pieces, the top sections then eased into place afterwards, not unlike a house or cards. I used two or three drops of rubber cement along the joints, waited a minute until the unit hung together, and then settled them in place as one piece – fiddlesome, but it works.
It has its own, broad base, which makes it convenient for taking to shows, and which also sits securely on a revolving turntable for viewing, if preferred.
For the rudder control lines (often overlooked), I used aircraft rigging thread. These aircraft had a dirty green two-tone splinter scheme topside, and the familiar RLM pale blue underneath. Decals here are one of the kit choices. They are accurately printed and settle without a whimper.
5 additional images. Click to enlarge