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  1. Morning all. Having just finished the funky A&AEE Phantom over in the "Big in Japan" GB, I am trying something a bit different for me - a floatplane (so will I need to mount it in a water base?) which includes a vac-from canopy (which I have never tried before). What could possibly go wrong? Thanks for looking, Icarus
  2. An order from a friend of the forum who is a 1/72 specialist and who would like to build a 1/72 Arado 196B (3 floats prototype) (Revell). Only the 1/72 A3 bi-float model exists, or rather existed at Revell as it is no longer produced for the moment, but it is available on the private market. My friend is going to use an A3 and put B floats on it, which Revell has already done for the 1/32 version with some minor modifications of the aircraft. I accepted the challenge knowing very well this seaplane that I had built in 1/32 in B version and then A3 ( This last one is not produced any more either), plus a multitude of A3 in 1/200 for my Bismarck Trumpeter. Arado 196B in 1/32 Arado 196A3 in 1/32 So I downloaded the 1/32 PDF editing doc from Scalemate.com and found that there was enough information to draw them easily. I captured the plans and made layers at the right scale on Fusion360, this allowed me to have the outlines of the floats and 2 couples on the central float: I started the drawing this morning. It went pretty fast, each drawing of a "hull" (here it can be more like a mix of a submarine and a speedboat) allows to learn how to do better and better, and you always get a lot of little tricks each time. To be continued!
  3. Few months ago, i started to built this seaplane, one of my favorite. I used all Eduard photoetch kits. Arado 196 B-0: Pre-series with central float, 5 aircrafts delivered at the end of 1938 for evaluation by coastal reconnaissance units, 10 in total built. I began by the BMW engine. Wiki: The BMW 132 is a radial aircraft engine, which was produced by BMW from 1933 onwards. It was the German version of the American Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet. On January 3, 1928, BMW bought the manufacturing license for the Pratt & Whitney nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine. The manufacture started with an almost unchanged version, called BMW Hornet. Soon, BMW began to develop its own version. The result was the BMW 132, an improved version whose production began in 1933. It was built in many different versions. In addition to the carburettor versions used mainly in civil aviation, versions with direct fuel injection were produced for the air force created by the National Socialist regime, the Luftwaffe. The BMW 132 was widely used to power transport aircraft. Thus, it was the main engine of the Junkers Ju 52 for most of its career, making the BMW 132 one of the most important engines for civil aircraft during the 1930s. Many aeronautical feats were accomplished with the BMW 132. The most impressive performance was the first direct flight between Berlin and New York, made on August 10, 1938 by a four-engine Focke-Wulf Fw 200 S-1 Condor. This aircraft linked the two cities in 24 hours and 57 minutes non-stop. Aircraft equipped with this engine: Arado Ar 196 Arado Ar 197 Blohm & Voss Ha 137 Blohm & Voss Ha 140 Blohm & Voss BV 142 Dornier Do 17P Fieseler Fi 98 Focke-Wulf Fw 62 Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Gotha Go 244 Heinkel He 114 Heinkel He 115 Henschel Hs 123 Henschel Hs 124 Junkers Ju 160 Junkers Ju 52 Junkers Ju 90 Junkers W 34
  4. Hello everyone, very excited to be part of this Group Build of... monumental proportions 😊 So many interesting builds to follow, so much talent on show! I'll be entering with the 1/72 Arado 196, a kit I actually bought in my teens (a loooooong time ago). Simple instructions for a simple kit: The kit's decals are unusable. So I decided to go for a new set of Royal Romanian Air Force decals: Kora suggests that Romanian examples were delivered painted just like the German ones which is just the way I like it. The pieces are nicely moulded and flash is almost non-existant. Clear parts are good enough for me... But... and that's a big but, I did get some extra parts as you are about to see... 😉 Thanks for looking.
  5. While talking to a friend who was doing "homework" for his Ar234 model, I was surprised that he mentioned that the famous R-Geräte were actually used only a couple of times during the entire war. I find this in contrast with the vast majority of built models - 99.99% of them neatly showing the 'smokey-pods' attached under the wings. Sooo, my question is: Could any Ar234 with the 'lightened' upper camouflage below (either recon or bomber) be positively confirmed to have used it at least once? Thanks, Aleksandar
  6. Hi, This is the very pleasant to build (and underrated) Italeri kit. Everything comes from the box except for the very efficient dual barrel MG81Z specific to the A-5 version, handmade seat belts and other details. The top RLM73 comes from the Real Color range. Quite a good range but it stinks and I find it maybe more fragile than the Gunze range. Thanks heaps for looking ! Antoine
  7. Hi everyone My daughter Rose started this build some time ago but life and schoolwork got in the way. Therefore this GB is the ideal opportunity to bring it back out of its hiding place. Obligatory proof it's not over 25% completed photos below.
  8. My daughter is building the Heller 1/72 Arado 196, and wishes to build the Rumanian version, does anyone know what colour to paint it please, the instructions are suitably vague ! cheers Pat
  9. Hi, Next "old and odd German" - perhaps not so much odd in this case - Arado 196 A-5 (Fokker build), painting scheme from 4./SAGr 126, Vukovar (Serbia) 1944 following colour profile published in Polish monography of Ar-196 by J.Ledwoch (Militaria, Warsaw, 1997). Vukovar is not on sea - the mashine operated from Danube river. Kit from Revell/Heller 1/72, a bit modified (for example engraved and some details inside added as well as exhaust pipes missing somehow in original kit! ). Paint RLM 72/73 by Humbrol 243/244 (for the first time I used this new colours). Decals mostly from drawer... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  10. Arado Ar-196 Airframe Album 7 Valiant Wings Publishing This is the seventh in the series of Airframe Albums, this one concentrating on the Arado Ar 196 floatplane. As with the other titles in the series, this is beautifully printed book, written by Richard Franks, that is filled with details and information on this interesting aircraft. The book follows a similar format to the others in that there is a short history, (covering nineteen pages), of the design, the production airframes, and the current existing articles, whether complete airframes, or just parts. The next forty pages come under the title of Technical Information and provide an in-depth look at all the parts, systems, armament, fixtures and fittings. The text is accompanied by numerous line diagrams and where possible, photographs from the two extant examples, one in the NAAM, USA and one a museum in Bulgaria. The section titled Evolution, provides detailed information on the variations and changes between the various prototypes and production machines. These include the variations in armament, airframe, float configuration and engines used through airframe line diagrams. The next fifteen pages covers the markings and camouflage used throughout the aircrafts service life and is accompanied by colour plates of the different schemes used on the aircraft along with period photographs. The rest of the book is taken up with information and four complete build articles on the various model kits and decal that have been released over the years and a brief synopsis on their history, re-pops and the like. The build articles are on two 1:72, one 1:48 and one 1:32 models, which not only show how the aircraft can be built but useful tips on wan problem areas and how to overcome them. The last page is a bibliography of all the books, documents, and publications that have been printed on the Arado 196 giving ISBN numbers where available. Conclusion As with the other titles in the series, this is a meticulously researched and presented book. To gather this much information must take a heck of a long time and it really shows in the depth this title goes to show every little detail on the aircraft. Even if you don’t have a kit of the Ar 196 it is still a very interesting book and a worthy addition to any collection. Very highly Recommended Review sample courtesy of
  11. Arado Ar-196 Kagero Monograph No 45 Having recently reviewed the new Revell 1:32 Ar-106B kit, it was a pleasant surprise when this book arrived in the post form Casemate UK, although it might have been better had it arrived before I reviewed the kit. That said, the single float Ar-196B prototypes only get a slight mention at the beginning of the book and in a couple of the drawings whereas the rest is taken up with the Ar-196A. The full history of this popular aircraft is told through the text and the masses of period photographs in the seventy seven pages, from the prototypes, assembly lines, construction, uses, both from shore bases and capitol ships in all theatres. The most interesting photographs for me are the ones from the Scharnhorst and the pocket battleships of the Deutschland class. The next twelve pages contain line drawings and diagrams of the aircrafts structure, equipment and the rigging of the floats, including those with single main floats. Following the line drawings there are eight pages of profile plans covering the A and B models with annotations describing the differences, followed by six pages of colour plates along with two on the back cover, including an interesting one in Japanese markings. Conclusion Not only was the Arado Ar-196 one of the most popular floatplanes during the war, but this popularity has endured with like minded modellers and historians alike. The aircraft just look right and apparently it flew as well as it looked. The information contained in this book is superb, being very well researched and with the use of those wonderful period photographs makes for a fascinating read as well as a source of inspiration. It will certainly come in handy when you get one of Revells 1:32 kits on the workbench, particularly if you’re going to add all those details you didn’t know about, but now you do, you will want to add. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Calling this finished now. Revell kit with Eduard brass, HGW seatbelts, scratch built canopy. Catalpult is HpH resin with scratch built launching frame. Thanks for looking and Merry Xmas Nick
  13. This may or may not be in the right place, strictly speaking, it is boat, or a lump of one anyway, it's an HpH 1/32 Arado 196 catapult. I have been after one of these for ages and picked one up at Telford. Looked like a quick build (no interior!) so I thought I would have a crack at it. Decided I would stratch build and solder the railings First issue with the kit is that the steel cylinder that forms the piston should be 117mm long, it was actually cut in errror at 107mm in the kit. I didn't have any tube of this diameter, so I turned an interference fit extension from ali that you can see here. Soldering turned out OK The wheels you can see, track around to rotate the catapult, not clear how this is powered for rotation? Primer on and some plumbing done Here's a closer view. I scratch built the pipe connectors. Plumbing finished and launch trolley built. I scratched most of iy from brass, as I didn't like the look of the resin parts even though they have wires cast in them. My fleet air arm buddy isn't very suitable, but he's vaguely Naval and the right scale (-: Fun with battleeship grey and OTT rust next, can't wait. Thanks for looking Nick
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