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Author Topic: Arado Ar234B "Blitz"  (Read 6048 times)
John Garis

« on: August 17, 2011, 09:01:19 AM »

Model Design Construction - 1/32 Arado Ar234B "Blitz"

The Arado Ar234 was the world's first operational jet powered bomber, built by the German Arado company in the closing stages of World War II. In the field it was used almost entirely in the reconnaissance role, but in its few uses as a bomber it proved to be nearly impossible to intercept. Twin-engined and single seater, was produced in limited numbers. It was the last Luftwaffe plane to fly over England, in April 1945. It is commonly known as Blitz ("lightning"), though this name refers only to the B-2 bomber variant, and it is not clear whether it was ever formally applied instead of being derived from the informal term Blitz-Bomber (roughly, "very fast bomber"). The alternate name Hecht ("pike") is derived from one of the units equipped with this plane, Sonderkommando Hecht. The Ar 234 (and the Messerschmitt Me 262) showed in which direction plane technique should develop.
The most notable use of the Ar 234 in the bomber role was the attempt to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. Between 7 March, when it was captured by the Allies, and 17 March, when it finally collapsed, the bridge was continually attacked by Ar 234s of III/KG 76 carrying 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bombs. The aircraft continued to fight in a scattered fashion until Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945. Some were shot down in air combat, destroyed by flak, or "bounced" by Allied fighters during takeoff or on the landing approach, as was already happening to Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters. Most simply sat on the airfields awaiting fuel that never arrived.

Overall from the summer of 1944 until the end of the war a total of 210 aircraft were built. In February 1945, production was switched to the C variant. It was hoped that by November 1945 production would reach 500 per month.

Ar 234B-0 : 20 pre-production aircraft.
Ar 234B-1 : Reconnaissance version, equipped with two Rb 50/30 or Rb 75/30 cameras.
Ar 234B-2 : Bomber version, with a maximum bombload of 2,000 kg (4,410 lb).

This is the best ever kit in all scales for this airplane.I can easy characterise it as a piece of modern art and a good sample for...copy from everyone likes to produce resin parts !Engineering is very clever,having in mind the modeler giving him the possibillity to build more than one version and -mainly- a sturdy model.Because of the size and the weight of this giant,MDC provides a full metal landig system,equipped with small pins on the top for better matching.The same way -with very big and strong pins- follows to the -heavy- wings. Details are in extreme level just EVERYWARE,even in the landing lights,coming in red and green clear resin.All the parts are very well protected,wraping with nylon bubble material -the big parts- and all the small into sealed bags.The clear parts was into a hard plastic box and the decals-wires-instructions-PH parts was into an envelope.All sealed in a "industrial" heavy duty box with a nice artwork on.
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