Arado Ar 234B-2
Arado Ar 234B-2
images by Brett Green
scale Arado Ar 234B-2 is available online from
Here is Chris Wauchop's 1/48 scale Hobbycraft Arado Ar
Chris built this model sometime in the late 1980s. It was
the first time that he started adding scratchbuilt details to a kit. The cockpit
was the main beneficiary in this respect.
Chris commented that, although he details such as the RATO
packs and the 1,000 KG bomb were nicely done, the kit suffered from very poor
fit in a number of areas. Most notable were the lower join for the fuselage
halves; and the wing to nacelle fit.
The model was painted using a Holbein airbrush with a
mixture of Tamiya paints to achieve the RLM 81Brown Violet and RLM 82 Bright
Green. The rough overspray of RLM 76 Light Blue is very effective.
Markings are from the old Xtradecal sheet no. X008.
Hobbycraft vs. Hasegawa - Comparison
The models were compared and photographed together. The overall
dimensions are similar, but the Hasegawa kit is more accurate in terms of shape,
sit and details.
Specifically, the engine nacelles are
different at the intake and even moreso (much shorter) at the rear. The overall
profile of the tail is also wrong on the Hobbycraft kit. The contours of the
clear nose is another area of discrepancy, and the Hobbycraft wings have no
anhedral "droop" at all. The undercarriage on the Hobbycraft kit also sits lower
than its Hasegawa counterpart.
Hobbycraft's Arado 234 was the only injection
moulded offering in 1/48 scale for a long time and, apart from the
accuracy issues, Chris got a great looking result out of this kit.
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Model by Chris Wauchop
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Last Updated 28 October, 2002
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