1/32 Arado Ar 196A-3 with Eduard pe sets

 

Revell 1/32 Arado Ar 196A-3 +

4x Eduard (Interior – Exterior – Seat belts – Masks)

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The Ar 196 was designed primarily to replace the He 60 biplane then currently in service on all of Germany's capital ships. One of the few seaplanes to see service in the Atlantic and Mediterrenian, the Ar 196's primary duties consisted of reconnaissance and shadowing of service vessels. While in most respects the Ar 196 is not a formidable aircraft, for a seaplane it's performance exceeded it's Allied counterparts. After Germany's capital ships ceased active participation in the war, most Ar 196's were relegated to sea patrols from shore bases. About 50 planes served with Balkan air forces in the Adriatic and Black Sea.The most prolific of the four versions 196 was the Ar 196A-3. It was a single 196A-3 model that became famous when in the morning of May 5th, 1940 its pilot and co-pilot accepted the surrender of the HM submarine Seal and its crew complement.The Ar 196 went on to have a long and distinguish service career serving as a long range reconnassaince patrol aircraft. Besides using mayor naval platform such as the Bismarck and Tirpitz, the Ar 196 was launched from German shore controlled bases in the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Adriatic Seas. As the Germany war effort began to be crippled by the massive Allied ground, sea and air juggernaut; more and more 196 were utilized as troop ferry platform. A role they serve until the final days of the war.


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Last time I buy a kit from the old company was a Fw 190D (late – with the big tail from Ta 152)
in 1/32 scale offcourse,about 5 years ago.
This kit is still in my “waiting to build” cabinet,but I remember it well as a good,nice detailed,
perfect base to build,with a lot or less extra work,a rare bird from the last days of WWII.
Revell was always a company that releases relatively easy to build model kits,other times very
classic and others not so.
From the other side,Arado Ar 196,was an airplane not so famous between the whole warbirds,
having a secondary role of reconaisance,sea patrol,SAR for fallen fighters,light attack,mail transfer
and many other duties making this airplane usefull but still not with the glamor of a fighter.
This is the main reason for this airplane is not quite so dear between the model companies...
...’till now !
Last years,several manufacturers suddenly discovered among  “strange” birds this forgotten one,
trying to rise their sales.All the scales and qualities are here now,starting from 1/72 with Airfix,
going to 1/48 with Italeri,but the big surprise comes from 1/32,having two models to choose,one
from Revell (Germany) and one from HPH (Czech Republic) !
The second is a high-tech,multimedia kit,mainly resin cast,in a comparable price.The first is the
reall surprise for me,because HPH is a really unusual airplanes manufacturer and one day they will
done,especially after the release of the catapult for this airplane in the same scale.
Revell’s kit is impressive with the first sight : big,robust box,nice artwork,sounds loud for the
content of,calling you to open as quick as you can.
Lets go inside.Wow ! This is the first word I say when whatever is in,comes out.Too many frames
with a lot of parts on,perfect packed into plastic bags,detailed instructions and a big decals sheet.
All the parts are very detailed,very clean casting -new tooling,on the fuselage halve says “Revell
Germany 2010”- not flush at all,clever engineering,very clear and thin canopy parts,having the
option to build the model with straight or folded wings -or a combination-
A small “fault” I think is the “chaotic”mount in the frames,making the parts index in the
instructions very usefull,and a second,some pissed a few instructions on double parts,like two parts
on the wing trailing edge e.g.
So,when you have to build two same parts,one for the righ side and one for the left,be sure for
having the right part in hand before use of glue.
More detailed : fitting is just perfect !No need for putty on the fuselage or wings,just clean the
tabs remainings,make a dry fit for sure and go on with glue.Cockpit is as real as they can.
Everything is in the real one,in here 32 times smaller,starting from instrument panel with nice
elevated instruments,tabs,switches etc,pilots seat with all the support mechanism on the back plus
seat belts on -maybe the seat belts needs a replace with something “else”- cockpit floor,rudder
pedals,and detailed yoke.
Here is a big “bonus” from Revell,the fuselage frame made it from tubes,is all presend at two high
detailed parts full of fuse boxes,switch boxes,instrument boxes,the compass and the back seater’s
seat support frame,all are here.
Continue : the second crew member,navigator/radio operator/tail gunner have all the necessary
for his duty,starting from the big radio panel with a lot of boxes and dials,a seat with seat belts and
a nice machine gun complete with enough ammo boxes.
On the planes nose : Starting from the fireproof shutter with the oil tank and the engine support
struts we go to one of the best engines miniatures in this scale,full of detail on their cylinders,fuel
system,exhausts and a fantastic set of wires leading to spark plugs and finally the access panels
nice detailed who can stay in open possition if you like.
The fuselage surfaces are “alive”,with good fabric simulation and right metalic panels with all the
rivets on.A small wrong here,is the handles and footseps panels are just one level lower than the
main surface,curiously in right dimensions.

From the fuselage belly is a “strange” missing,especially talking for an airplane that launches from
a catapult : the connection points of the catapult are not included in the kit !
Fortunately it is easy to made from plastic sheet,so do not worry so much for this.
Continue to the wings area : I will say just this : The wings are made exactly like the real,have all
the control surfaces with possing capabilities grace to a simple and clever way of building and
because of  the existence of individual bits and pieces,all the details on the folding area, and if you
follow carefully the instructions and nothing goes wrong -becarefull here,some of the double parts
like flaps or so,comes in two versions,folded or not but in the instructions sheet I found mistakes
between right-left of the way of build- finally the wings in case of not folded version,snaps on into
the fuselage without having the need of putty with the help of a very strong part and a clever too   
way of build.With a few words : perfect fiting on the wings !
Same on tail and elevators and is time to take a look on floats : the only part that is not included in
the kit are the support wires between the floats and floats-fuselage.
Everything else is here in excellent detail level plus two ponuses : the possibility to have the pair
of small underwater rudders in “open” or “close” possition and a nice demonstration base,who can
use it also as building driver fro having the floats straight.
Offcourse are provided separate parts in case of folded wings (two of the support  struts).
All of those nice things plus more,like very clear and in scale clear parts and the right and well
registered decals sheet with two options, give a total that is a real opportunity with a price of only 
20 Euros for anyone who likes to have something really difference in his collection.
Anyway,that’s for now,we will talk about the kit more detailed on the way,let’s take a look on
Eduard’s sets.

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Pilot’s seat with Revell’s belts.The need for replace is obvious.

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Interesting details on the instrument panels.

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Nice detailed engine.will be perfect with Eduard’s P.E. set.

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With a little attention and some P.E. will be “like the real”.

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Well done Revell,those frame gives life to the cockpit .

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Right dimensions,realistic fabric and metal surfaces,very good fitting,bad handle and foot steps
access panels.Note the already arranged P.E. panels.

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Fitting is also good into the inner parts.

32681 Ar 196A-3 Interior S.A.

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As I say above,cockpit is as reall as they can.That means excellent cockpit or something like this.
Believed or not,Eduard in the short time between having in hand the prototypes of the kit and the
commercial release managed to present one of the best detail sets of the last years.Triple !
Interior have all the necessary for making this cockpit,a really masterpiece that shines into your
model as a gemstone.
Revell,for an unknown reason,”forgets” a little detail in this area.The side walls of the cockpit was
not nude tubes.On the most of cockpit’s along,sides were coated by a plywood wall,as insulation
for the cold and humidity on the ocean and for not to chase the crew shells from the bullets into the
fuselage !
Yes,Eduard provides those (big) parts on metal,plus many other as usual.In the well-known bag
you can find a reall treasure for transform the cockpit .Let me explain : except side walls,here’s
a lot of switches,levels and fuse boxes,rudder pedals,yoke details as well as canopy’s.
Plus a whole main instrument panel in prepainted P.E. and continue : navigator’s instrument panel
is here in total,giving all the instruments in pre painted P.E. plus details for the ammo boxes and
the machine gun (I like the details for the machine gun,are very fragile especially the main reticle
but is really very accurate).A very clever and something that makes the cockpit “alive” is a set of
board navigation instruments like triangle, ruler, protractor and diabetes and a nice in scale map.
Finishing with the cockpit,Eduard provides a full set of seat belts including the big one for the
navigator’s back and many parts for the clear’s frame,like handles,levels,instruments.
At the end of all,in clear gelatine,you can find new “glasses” for the provided reflector sight.

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And this is the brother of the previews set,that completing a very detailed Arado. Here you will
find some parts for the floats (most are anchor rings),nice detail for the water rudders,oil radiator,
all the support struts for the engine access panels,many details for the access panels (aid nerves) and some parts not so useful if post the building will not appear : the moving arms for the flaps,
unlike the actuator links for the trimming of the directional panels.
I want to refer particularly about eight small parts that goes to the fuselage sides,four by every
side.Those parts are just “plugs” that covers the hand and footsteps in this area.Revell,have done
those panels as accurate in shape and dimensions holes on the fuselage sides,one level lower than
the “metal” or “fabric” surfaces.Eduards parts,fits excactly into those holes,bringing them at the
same level and making them to look like panels .Very simple and very clever,all you need after is
a carefully wash (after the painting) and you are ready !

32691 Ar 196A-3 Seatbelts

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Nothing special is provided here except a big belt for the navigator’s back who have a seat without
a back support.All the rest are the well known accurate and nice coloured standard Lufftwaffe seat
belts.Do not forget to paint the unpainted side of the big belt !

JX119 Ar 196A-3 Mask

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The complexity of Ar 196 “green house” type of canopy gives a higher value to the mask for
painting right all the frames,avoiding accidents with colour.
In the standard high quality,makes your life easier,finishing faster and calmer with the canopy.
A mask set,real proposed as “high recommended” !

So,those are the participants for our next “build off” article/review.At the next weeks will see how
cooperate all together and whats the result of this cooperation.
Untill then,stay tuned and see you soon...


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Some of the major parts, most of them from the wings and engine , glued together, sands down with sanding sticks and/or sandpapper and leave it alone waiting for preshading.

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At this time some of the unpainted P.E. parts takes some colour and many others painted or not goes to their final places.

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Main cockpit parts preparing for accept the P.E. (removing all the relief details from them) as well as some of the smallest , like machine gun , water rudders etc.

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The bigests , like wings , tail parts and cockpit floor , takes a layer of matt or gloss black, depending of what will be the next colour.

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So after those simple steps , everything will be ready for painting and for finall assembly.

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This is the theme of the next update together with the insertion of all into the fuselage , assembly of the fuselage , tail section and wings , all in one big update.


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With the help of Eduard's interior set,cockpit became in life and shows very reallistic,especially after a good "weathering" with washing and chipping.Also I have been use two new and different types of pilot's harness,one from HGW and the other from RB Production (parallel new products review,sorry Eduard) and I find RB's belts are the best than every other belts I have use 'till now.

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Anyway, the finished cockpit,goes between fuselage halves that glued together and leave it for past use.Here I found something wrong in the kit:if you plan to build the plane with their wings in “open” possition (not folded) the tunel under the cockpit floor that drives the wing’s support tube a little more behind than it should be,and the wing comes behind the leading edge,not faced.All you have to do is some “trimming” of the support tube and all will be fine.

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Waiting the fuselage and other parts to cure from glue,I start the engine and any other parts remains,like floats,wind shield and other clear parts etc.The engine by himself is a small model and with Eduard’s parts become a really masterpiece.I paint it with Alclad’s Steel (the main body and cylinders) and all the other with many colours,like Polished steel from Gunze,Rust and light grey from Gunze too,different greens , blue and greys etc.As you can see,is full of details,up to the manufacturer's logo is present (BMW).

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Floats are  “tricky” to build parts,because needs your attention for a straight finish and some  prediction for the future,before have them ready for final assembly.That means,build them using the build/show base providing by Revell,and have in mind the support cables compared with the volume of the finished model and that should not only go to places, but be well stretched too. I choose to put the cables now and have the holes on the fuselage ready and waiting for the cables as one of the last works on the model.The cables I ‘ve been use are hand made from 3 thin brass wire,stripped all together in one,like the real one (I hope). Eduard is also presend here,adding many small and biggest details on,giving life to the lowest model parts.

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Final build of – painting – weathering etc

Having in hands all the sub-parts ready , I make the final build , having minimum needs for filling.
The most tryckie parts was the clear parts,but everything goes fine and the result is a very impressive model.I paint it with authentic colours,coming from Agama for the uppersurfaces (RLM 72 & 73) and from Gunze for the lower surfaces (RLM 65,04 )  and every other purpose.
The main camo colours have a very small contrast between them and in some angles of view is not vissible the differences between them,however,there is.
Decals goes on easy without something special to mention here.
For an unknown reason,I always like the very dirty , weathered and “looks like used too much” airplanes,so this one is a good  opportunity to have one like that in my collection.
So,first step is a good wash,and I make it with the usual black and brown mixture,with a lot of red into this time,because the camo was so dark and the dark wash is not vissible on.
Sea and difficulties on servicing right on board  are always a good reasons for a feeble appearance.
I take my brushes and makes on all the panels of the airplane two or three different layers of oils in shades of grey and green.Fabric surfaces takes an extra layer with a beige color after the green
and grey and on the metal , like wings and some fuselage areas many chippings with silver.
Finally,at the lower surfaces -here I make the “standard” wash with black and brown and under the engine,I make some “oil leaks” with black artistic oil and the smoke trails from exhausts with artistic pastels.
At the end of all,I spray all the model except the clear parts with a mixture of one part dark grey, one part radome and twenty or more parts of thinner for an extra “salty” look.
Special care was taken for the floats,bacause of their vissible in many pictures hard wears,and I make there extra paint peeling,following some pictures of the real airplane.
Last layers was two hands of matt varnish (Extracrylics flat varnish) and the model is ready.
Ready?Hmmm,not excactly,is still in two parts,airframe anf floats.
Floats goes in place easy,but the cables  with more hindered by what counted.When they reached  an acceptable level, left in peace for fear not to overdo and become damaged.

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The model is really impression and big,making shots with camera a different thing.I do my best but my troubles did not end here.
Do you remember the ship’s catapult from HPH ?
( http://forum.fhms-gr.com/index.php?topic=115.0 )
Is waiting for the marriage with Revell’s child,so I must make two-in-one with two difficult to handle,fragile,heavy models.
Very difficult and risky work, as demonstrated,but I finished with minimal damages.
The final result you can see it on the following photos,I have not better than these,as you can see the  complex is very big and I am unable to take better shots.

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So,here this large and hearty construction comes to end , hope you enjoy it like me.For now,I will wish you a pleasand rest of the summer.We will meet again after the first week of September.
Untill then,keep on modelling !


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