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Eagle Strike #48169 Arado 234 Blitz Bombers Part II
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; decal sheet
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 II will be available online
This is part 2 of Eagle Strike’s Arado 234 series. In common with
the earlier release, it covers the B-2 variant and offers four more
schemes to entice the builder.
As mentioned in the review
of part 1, there is a lot that is unknown about the finish of these
aircraft. One can’t be pedantic and say that old stocks of RLM 70
and 71 were not used despite the introduction of the newer RLM 81
and 82. It is quite possible that combinations of old and new were
same can even be said for RLM 65 and 76. Sensibly Eagle Strike
alerts the modeller to this possibility and allows them to make up
their own mind. For the purposes of the review, all aircraft are
assumed to be in the later colours.
Ar 234 B-2 of
This aircraft was shot
down by Thunderbolts and later taken to Farnborough for
Finished in RLM 81/82
upper surfaces and RLM 76 lower surfaces, it had an additional
spray of either white or light blue depending on the sources you
believe. This was done in a rather scrappy manner and would be
an interesting challenge to the modeller.
Coded as “F1+MT”on the
fuselage, the “M” is also repeated in black under the wings. Of
interest is that the letter is also replicated on top of the
tail in yellow. Eagle Strike provide for all this on their
Ar 234 B-2 of Kommando
This is a more sedate
scheme with only the fuselage code letters breaking the
The code “T9+HH” is over
the normal RLM 81/82/76 finish and the black Werknummer is at
the top of the tail. Once again the aircraft code letter is
repeated under the wing in black.
Ar 234 B-2 of 8. /KG 76
This aircraft was flown
by Ofw. Friedrich Bruchlos and was used in the attack on the
Remagen bridge. Nothing more was known about its fate until 1975
when German civilians uncovered parts of the airframe as well as
the remains of Bruchlos.
Camouflaged in RLM
81/82/76, it has its engine cowl rings painted in red. This
colour is also used for the “A” in its fuselage code “F1+AS”.
The Werknummer of 140342 is found on top of the tail above the
usual white outlined Hakenkreuz
Ar 234 B-2 of KG76
Finished in the same
manner as the aircraft above “F1+CH” also wore the usual RLM
81/82/76 scheme. It too had a red cowl ring and aircraft letter.
Along with all the other options, it displayed its Werknummer
above the Hakenkreuz. A black letter “C” is provided for each
side of the obligatory wing under surface positions.
The decal sheet is well
printed and good use is made of every available space. All items
were in perfect register and the colour density was very good.
Stencil data is included and here it was clear and legible.
The instructions give an
idea of how some of this is applied but direct the modeller to the
kit for further information.
A bonus is the inclusion of
the rivet detail that is found around the canopy. Here the
manufacturers have provided thin strips of dots to replicate these
items…how thoughtful. Make sure the canopy surface has had some
priming to allow the decals to stick properly. Your favourite clear
coat should suffice.
As with Part I, there is a
lot of stuff crammed onto this sheet. Although the options are
similar to the earlier release, the extra variety presented will
allow you build exactly the machine you want.
Thanks to Eagle Strike Productions
for the review sample.
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