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||268mm long and 300mm wing span; 145
||Unknown at this stage
||Generally accurate; well detailed;
excellent surface textures; plentiful options (cameras, pods, bombs,
droptanks); seam line still on new nose section; vast improvement
over Hobbycraft kit
||Gigantic box almost looks like false
advertising (and will add to the cost of shipping); shape of jet intakes
looks too "open"; simplified main instrument panel
by Brett Green
Revell's 1/48 scale Arado Ar 234C can trace its recent origins
to Hasegawa's Ar 234B series kits.
Indeed, Hasegawa moulded the "C" specific parts too. What we see
here is the result of a marketing agreement, with two of the giants of the model
industry co-operating to ensure the maximum plastic for we lucky modelers. With
the emergence of new, high quality manufacturers from China, I expect that we
will see many more joint ventures and marketing agreements in the next few
years. But I digress.
General Comments and Packing
Revell's new Arado is much more than a few parts substituted on
the Hasegawa Ar 234B. In fact, the wings, engines, cockpit, forward fuselage and
nose wheel are all totally new. Some smaller details are also inserted in the
original rear fuselage part, including the rear-firing cannon in a ventral
The quality of all the parts is excellent, with crisply engraved
panel lines and delicately rendered details. All the new sprues are illustrated
Click the thumbnails below to view
The kit is presented in a gigantic box with very attractive
artwork. At 505mm x 355mm the box is more than twice the size of the Hasegawa
Arado packaging. Apart from being a bit misleading about the size of the
contents, this unnecessarily large box will add to shipping costs.
All the new sprues are packed into a single bag. Because
Hasegawa's plastic is quite shiny and somewhat brittle, many of the larger parts
have scratches and scuff marks as a result of this packing technique.
Fortunately, the new clear sprue merits its own bag.
Cockpit / Forward Fuselage
The basic layout of the Ar 234C kit cockpit will look familiar
to modellers who have built the Ar 234B, but most of the parts are new. The
seats, side consoles and control column are all excellent. The new style of main
instrument panel, however, is oversimplified. It looks more like a chunky crash
pad rather than the complex panel it represents.
The tricky rear bulkhead that caused some problems in the
earlier kit is not used on the Ar 234C, so the fit issues in this area might not
be a problem in this kit. I still recommend that plenty of time is
allocated to test fit the main fuselage to the nose.
The clear parts are simpler than those in the Ar 234B kits. The
top and sides of the canopy are moulded thinly and clearly as a single part. The
new nose piece shares the same problem as the original kit though - a very
noticeable seam line top to bottom along the centreline.
Wings and Engines
All-new parts are supplied for these aspects of the kit. The
production standards equal the earlier kit - in other words, excellent.
My only issue with the new parts is that the shape of the
intakes for the paired BMW engines. The intakes seem to gape too wide open, and
the characteristic slope at the top of the intakes does not look pronounced
enough to my eye. In fact, the shape of the intakes on the box art looks right
to me, but it bears little resemblance to the shape of the kit supplied items.
Decals and Instructions
Instructions are typical Revell. Construction is called out over
39 steps and colour references are made solely to Revell paints.
Markings are supplied for three aircraft. The decals are printed
by Revell and feature their (slightly frightening) flat finish. If you plan to
use these decals, make sure you are applying them to a very glossy surface.
In summary, this kit is as good as Hasegawa's Arado 234Bs in
almost every respect.
A question hangs over the accuracy of the shape of the intakes,
and the instrument panel might benefit from some extra work, but Revell's 1/48
scale Arado Ar 234C-3 is generally an excellent kit, worthy of our attention.
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 11 November, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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