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Arado Ar 234B-2 Flaps

 

Cutting Edge Modelworks

 

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Catalogue Number and Description CEC48407 Ar 234B Dropped Flaps for Hasegawa
Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$5.99 from Meteor Productions website
Contents and Media: Four parts in grey resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Simple conversion; will create a distinctive look for your Arado; excellent casting; minimal cleanup.
Disadvantages: Some modelling skills required for kit parts preparation..
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Arado Ar 234 is an excellent kit, but this aircraft type does not offer a huge amount of variety of colours and markings. Modellers who wish to personalise their Blitz may want to alter the kit instead.

Cutting Edge's 1/48 scale resin replacement flaps will permit modellers to achieve a different "look" for their model with a minimum of extra work.

 

 

The four resin parts are cast in Cutting Edge's customary grey resin, and are separated into left (port) and right (starboad) casting blocks with inner and outer flaps supplied. Casting quality is first rate, and the parts are very easily removed from their casting block. A little care will be required to avoid slicing off the small hinge lugs when cleaning up the outer flaps.

The major task for this project is preparing the kit wing to accept the resin flaps, but even this task is not onerous. I used a scriber and a sharp hobby knife to remove the inner and outer flaps from the top and bottom sections of the wings. I then proceeded to thin down the plastic where the flaps will be glued to the top wing. A hobby knife was scraped along this area until the edge was very thin.

 

 

I glued the Hasegawa wing sections together and test-fitted the flaps. The resin flaps are the perfect width and length, and fitted well. However, there is quite a noticeable gap between the top and bottom wing halves where the moulded-in kit flaps have been removed. I intend to fill these gaps with Milliput epoxy putty.

 

 

Conclusion

 

I have plenty of reference photos that show Arado Ar 234s with dropped flaps, so it is an acceptable pose for a Blitz on the ground.. Most of these Ar 234s seem to have been parked for a while, or abandoned.

Cutting Edge's 1/48 scale flap set for the lovely new Arado Ar 234 is a simple way to individualise your Blitz.

Recommended.

 

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.


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Page Created 19 September, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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