KP (ex-Kopro-MasterCraft) 1/72 Arado Ar96B
This is KP’s Arado Ar96B but boxed by Kopro-MasterCraft. The original KP kit was released in 1980. I have had KP kits in my stash years ago but never built them and got rid of them. But recently I picked up a few of them after seeing a few builds in this site and in others. To me they did not look like bad kits but it was obvious that they do need some work so I decided to give them a try.
This individual kit is not that bad, there were a few parts that needed some minor flash to be removed. There was some minor gaps and fits that needed some attention but was easy to dealt with. The overall shape looked accurate, it has fine raised details, goes together rather well and was an enjoyable build. I also have the Heller kit of this aircraft which is a fine kit with a more accurate shaped canopy but the KP kit has this fine raised details that more accurately captures the panels lines, access/service panels and an enclosed wheel well.
My build is no way a show stopper but I do like it very much. I did a lousy job with the black painted areas but the it does look happy on my shelf.
The actual aircraft seamed to be popular, used for training and for some light bombing. Even though this is a German designed/built aircraft, Avia built the most later on. Some were also built in France.
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