Arado Ar 196A-3, battleship Tirpitz, 1943 (1:32, Revell)
Material is not great at first look. The plastic is too bright in my opinion and look
too-hard-to-sand. In the end, it was fine. All details were clear and sharp, all parts
went well together. Not seamlessly, but fair enough. I used just small amount of putty.
Cockpit is full of details and I add only HGW fabric belts and made simplified inner
I also rivetted wings and some fuselage parts with my new 1mm rivetting wheel from "Be Izzi".
Not as precise as "Dousek", but the quality is very close.
There are two things to be mentioned:
Canopy and decals.
Canopy is molded from side and top parts. This would be bad enough, but some i***t responsible
for that sh*t made seamline going across the transparent parts. So it is impossible to glue
canopy together and get full transparency. (I would recommend to look for replacement
part - HPH or AlleyCatModels.)
Decals are printed without swastika. I fully understand we should not adore brutal regime,
nor its symbols. But we are talking about the fact that machine they used, HAD once swastika
on it and if we want to build replica, we should use it.
Finally, when I found out that they really ingored facts, I cut the mask and painted it.
Ok, enough about that.
Overall, the kit is definitely among the best what is saw from Revell in this category.
It allows you to open the engine section and fold both wings. By my opinion, it is OK
even with only kit parts. However, if you are big fan and a bit skilled, add some details
from scratch or buy resin replacements.
This build is almost straigt out-of-the-box and I built it as a last one for my friend.
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