Disguised Aquatic Eyes in the Sky…1/48 Arado Ar196A-3, Handelsstörkreuzer 3 “Widder”
Here´s my dad´s fourth and last seaplane for a while. Italeri kit oob, fit is mostly only mediocre. The gunsight is molded onto the instrument board but was in the way of the windshield. So my dad cut it off and replaced it with a part from the sparesbox. The additinal thin struts in the float area were done with plastic rods. Painted with AK Real Color RLM 72/73/65.
Build thread here
The model shows a seaplane that was stationed on board of the German auxiliary cruiser “Widder”, Handelsstörkreuzer HSK-3. This was a civil ship that was converted for military use as a disguised raider. Therefore the seaplane received fake French markings to fool the enemy.
Here´s the history of the ship
There are decals from Printscale for the same scheme, suggesting probably the auxiliary cruiser “Komet”, HSK-7, which was sunk in 1942.
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