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Arado Ar-196 Revell (Heller) 1/72

April 20, 2016 in Aviation

Good day.

I finished this beauty. I am very happy with the result. I had a problem with the canopy, but I somehow solve the problem.


1/48 Italeri Arado Ar-196A

February 8, 2016 in Aviation

Completed today, I built it in the markings of one of the Bismark’s Arados. Heavily weathered due to the rough life it had. If only for a fairly short time. 🙂 I have a catapult for it. That will be built soon, and will go together in a new post then. Hope you like. Thanks for looking.

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.