Ar 234B-2 Flaps
Cutting Edge Modelworks
u m m a r y
||CEC48407 Ar 234B Dropped Flaps for
USD$5.99 from Meteor Productions website
|Contents and Media:
||Four parts in grey resin
||Simple conversion; will create a distinctive
look for your Arado; excellent casting; minimal cleanup.
||Some modelling skills required for kit parts
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
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.
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
Cutting Edge's 1/48 scale flap set for the lovely new
Arado Ar 234 is a simple way to individualise your Blitz.