Arado Ar 234 B Blitz
MDC Radu Brinzan,
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||Model Design Construction (MDC
Radu Brinzan) Kit No. RBK32002
Arado Ar 234 B
|Contents and Media:
||Approximately 120 parts in resin; 11
parts in clear and tinted clear resin; 5 decal sheets; 7 photo-etched
sheets; various lengths of plain and coloured wire and plastic.
GBP £99.95 including postage and packing
available online from Model Design Construction's website
||Biggest and most ambitious MDC resin
kit to date; beautifully detailed; excellent surface
features including crisply recessed panel lines; plenty of options
including bombs, RATO and cameras; perfectly
cast; minimal casting blocks / attachment points; clever parts
breakdown with ample reinforcement of main joins; first 100 kits include
bomb trolley; very effective use of multi-media; beautifully transparent
clear resin parts
||A bit of flash and sprue attachment
material to clean up; experience will be required
||Highly Recommended for experienced
Reviewed by Brett Green
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During 2006, MDC released their debut full-kit
offering, a 1/32 scale Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB. This was a remarkable kit -
large, well-engineered and beautifully detailed. Early this year MDC
followed up the Typhoon with their second full
kit, a 1/32 scale Ki-61-I "Hien" (Tony) IJA Type 3 Fighter. This model
was designed and mastered by Radu Brinzan for Model Design
MDC continues its association with the talented
Mr Brinzan for its largest and most ambitious project to date - a full 1/32 scale
resin kit of the twin-engine Arado Ar 234 B jet bomber.
This is a comprehensive
multimedia offering with more than 120 parts in various coloured resin;
11 parts in clear and tinted clear resin; 5 decal sheets; 7 photo-etched
sheets; canopy masks; various lengths of plain and coloured wire and
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The kit is carefully packed in a stout box, with parts for each
sub-assembly inside a separate plastic bag.
The kit features superbly fine and crisply engraved panel lines.
The fuselage halves of this pioneering twin engine jet bomber are impressively
large in this scale, but structurally rigid. A number of bulkheads have
been built in, as well as locating pins with corresponding recesses
along the joins. Test fitting suggests that, after gluing and clamping,
there will be few join seams to clean up. Detail has been cast inside
the fuselage for the wheel well and camera bay. The tail and cockpit
sections have been cast as separate sub-assemblies.
Each wing is supplied as a single part. Once again, ease of
construction has been taken into account with two large brass spars in
each wing. These correspond to deep holes in the shoulder wing root on
the fuselage halves. The hollow brass tubes have been filled to ensure
The trailing edges are ready for the separate ailerons
with recessed locating positions making it easy to position
these control surfaces. The rudder and elevators are separate parts too.
of this glazed nose bomber is a real showcase for MDC's resin and
photo-etched craftsmanship. This includes full detail that will look
terrific behind the large clear nose. MDC instrument decals are supplied
for the dials, while the harness is supplied as photo-etched
A jumble of ordnance options is supplied, including
lovely cameras, bombs with racks, RATO packs and more.
This model is borne by cast white metal
undercarriage legs. The metal legs are very well cast for this tricky
medium, and will look great after careful cleanup. With the weight of
this beast, metal undercarriage is really the only option. I also
strongly recommend using two-part epoxy glue to secure the deep locating
rods in the wheel wells.
The clear resin cockpit glazings are thin, transparent
and free of distortion. They should fit precisely over the resin canopy
frames, and will eventually be adorned with "rivetted" decal frames. The
entry hatch is supplied as a separate part and may be posed open for an
even clearer view of the front office.
The kit also provides clear and tinted resin navigation
Six marking options are supplied on a high-quality
decal sheet, with a separate sheet covering national markings.
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There will be some cleanup, but it is mostly
lightweight. There are no heavy casting blocks on any of the resin
parts, and no warpage evident on any parts in my sample.
Experience and, perhaps more importantly, confidence
will be required for this project though.
MDC Radu Brinzan's brand new 1/32 scale Arado Ar 234 B is a truly
remarkable kit in its ambition and its execution.
It is clear that this kit benefits from MDC's cumulative experience
with both the earlier Typhoon and Hien models. Engineering and rigidity
(in particular) of this kit are improved compared to its predecessors.
This Arado looks eminently buildable.
MDC Radu Brinzan's 1/32 scale Arado Ar 234 B is exquisitely detailed,
inside and out. I can hardly imagine a subject better suited to showing
off its highly detailed cockpit credentials than the Ar 234 with its big
clear canopy glazings.
You will definitely need experience with resin kits if you want to
tackle this project, but MDC's thoughtful planning will make workbench
time a real pleasure.
Thanks to MDC for the sample.
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