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Eagle Strike #48168
Arado 234 Blitz Bombers Part I
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 2 x decal sheets
USD$10.00 available online from Eagle Strike Productions'
||Well-printed, thin carrier
film, perfect registration, supplied stencil data, includes
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Eagle Strike Productions' Blitz Bombers Part 1 will be available online
This is the first of at
least two parts on the famous Arado 234. The sheet deals with the
B-2 variant and as such offers an attractive collection of schemes.
The recommended kits are from Hobby Craft and Hasegawa. Your budget
will determine which one you choose!
colouring on these beasts can be nightmare for the pedantic. How
much of the older stocks of RLM 70/71 were used before the newer RLM
81/82 colours got raided, or was there a combination of both…you get
what I mean. Thus I will go along with the instructions and call the
base scheme RLM 81/82/76.
Ar 234 B-2 of 1/F/33,
A very interesting
aircraft that sees the usual 81/82/76 camouflage over sprayed
with either white or light blue (depending on the reference
material you read) on the upper surfaces. The Werknummer is seen
on the tail above the white outlined Harkenkreuz and the
aircraft’s code letter can be seen in black below both wings.
This “C” is white on the fuselage, which is marked as “BH+CF”
Ar 234 B-2 of Kommando
A more usual, if
somewhat plain scheme can be seen on “T9+DH”. It has the normal
splinter pattern of RLM 81/82/76 with no additional colouring.
As expected the Harkenkreuz is of the white outline type and the
Werknummer sits above this.
The letter “D” appears
under both wing positions, out board of the Balkenkreuze and
again is in black. This aircraft differs from the others on the
sheet in that the underwing crosses have solid black centre with
the surrounding edging in white.
Ar 234 B-2 of 1/F/123,
flown by Hans Felden, 1945
Sqdr. Ldr. Fairbanks was
a Tempest pilot commanding 274 Squadron when he came across
“4U+DH” trying to land at Rheine. Thus on 11 February, Felden
lost his life as Fairbanks shot the aircraft down.
It was another of the
“snow camouflaged” aircraft and unusually the last part of the
rudder was painted all white. The “4U+DH” was in the normal
position on the fuselage with the “D” repeated below the wings.
The base colour consisted of the regulation RLM 81/82/76.
Ar 234 B-2 of 9. /KG76,
This aircraft was lost
in an accident on November 10 1944 with Uffz. Karl Fritschet
dying as a result. That makes the dateline in the header a bit
of a mystery.
It was finished in RLM
81/82/76 with the codes, Werknummer and national markings all in
their expected places. The fuselage is brightened by the yellow
“N” which, as always, is also seen under the wings in black.
I can’t remember the last
time I had a problem with register on any of this manufacturers
sheets. After this release I still can’t. Everything was perfectly
aligned with the printing being both sharp and clear.
The stencil data is most
welcome as are the “extras” for the auxiliary power units if used.
Another bonus is the strip of “rivets” that are to be used for the
canopy. These items were very obvious on the real aircraft so
anything that can help the modeller reproduce them is very well
There are three complete
sets of national markings so the spares box will definitely be fed.
Sensibly the fuel triangles are produced in two separate parts. This
stops any potential colour alignment problems.
The carrier film is thin yet
strong but I would recommend care with the amount of decal setting
solutions you may think you need.
This is a very nice sheet
that will benefit all builders of the Arado 234.
The offered choices provide
plenty of variety as well as a challenge for those that like
tackling “snow camouflage”.
Thanks to Eagle Strike Productions
for the review sample.
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