ok finally managed to get back to this....
Has been a pretty eventful period, managed to get cut off at site for 10 days due to heavy floods we had there, eventually had to be flown from site by helicopter due to roads still been cut 9 days after the rains. Closer to the coast they had 28” of rain in 24hrs!!
Plus had a couple of odd jobs to do at home once I was back, even managed to buy and build new shelves to store/display stuff........was a bit amazed to find some stuff I had forgotten about in the box (es) of doom, may get to finish them one day.
Ok back to the subject, started work on the cockpit, this will be the major part of the build as this will be the most exposed part. Only managed to lose one PE bit to the carpet monster, though have to admit is was probably the smallest bit of the entire set, and unless I mentioned where it was you’d never miss it, so no major loss. The PE bits are really doing my head in, so far there is about 6-7 hours spent on the cockpit! Though am nearly finished, probably another hour or so to go, am happy with the results so far. Have to admit though I am sort of enjoying it.....have really gone mad!
Still have to do the harness on the seat.
Aries instrument panel detail set.
The main reference book I have been using is Aero Detail #16 - Arado Ar-234 Blitz, it has some great details photos of the cockpit and undercarriage.
just a few touch ups here, nearly there.
Have used a mix of the Eduard and Aries PE sets to detail up the cockpit, looks pretty nice so far. Even managed not to loose those tiny red T handles either!!
Have added some extra panel details to the side walls, but this section is pretty much hidden once the the rear canopy is fitted, still have to build and paint seat and side walls again.
Am toying on the side with the idea of using to original damaged upper canopy section and having the door open, that way only using the door section from the Squadron set. Not sure yet, but with canopy open at least you’ll be able to see all interior detail.....will think about it.
Whilst away bought a 1/48 Gomix Ar234 B-2, not sure if I’ll have time to build it for this GB, but have stolen the gun pod. It’s exactly as all the drawing I have for the gun pods fitted to the two nightfighter versions (it's on the right, Hasegawa one left), so it’ll be pressed into service. Just have to tidy it up a bit so it fits correctly and add a bit more detail.
This picture is not the correct one for the nightfighter version, but you get the idea.
The Gomix kit itself is nice but there are quite a few issues with it, namely the overall dimensions, too small, and the shape of the cockpit area. Probably too much to fix, but you could still probably produce a nice model, will use all the left over bit to pimp it up.
Plus have also bought (spend lots of time on eBay when onsite and bored!!!) a flap set for it as well, once they arrive they’ll be fitted as well.
Next up though is the main undercarriage bay, luckily this is not quite so detailed!!!.