Arado Ar 234B-2
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Hasegawa's 1/48 Scale
Having built Hobbycraft's night fighter version of the Arado Ar 234 in 1/48
scale (also presented in Hyperscale), I could not resist Hasegawa's new
I was not the least disappointed although it is not an easy model to build.
The new model has additional panel lines and access hatches that are finely
engraved. The elevators and rudder actuators are proportional in size and the
engine cowlings are better shaped than the Hobbycraft kit.
Highlights of the model include enhanced cockpit features and detailed Walter
thrust units. However, the fit of the cockpit unit to the fuselage and the fit
of front wing area with the fuselage require careful modifications not to
disrupt the fine aerodynamic features of this aircraft.
The cockpit received extra attention because of the complex arrangement of
instruments and the all around glazed cover. For a better view, I cut the upper
escape hatch. I also cut the individual instruments from the instrument decals
and applied in the right places. No need to battle with the large decal over the
beautifully engraved knobs and levers. The rest was a straight forward job. No
frustrations. I added wires to represent the pedal cables and the wires from the
head on flight instruments that can be seen from the outside of the real
aircraft. Other than the flight instruments panel, no other part required extra
work to enhance the look of the cockpit. Naturally, seat belts were self made.
Pay attention for the electric circuits panel on the right side because it is
glued to the transparent part and not to the bottom side of the cockpit as the
instructions indicate! There was plenty of space for some weight, which was a
I had extra work on this kit because it seems that someone stepped on the box
during the shipping process. (I could see the shoe marks). And guess what? Of
all the parts, the transparent tree was damaged. So, the reconnaissance version
was out of the question because the camera windows part was broken. In addition,
I had to modify the bent cockpit glazed parts. In any case, I had an eye for the
attractive winter camouflage of Josef Regler's aircraft.
Here is what I found about my subject aircraft. It wore Werknummr 140173 (as
seen on the forthcoming Cutting Edge decal set) and I had to improvise the
figures from spare decal sets. The aircraft crash landed at Segelsdorf after an
engine flame out. It seems that the pilot tried to disengage some P-47s and
opened the throttles too quickly. This was the first Ar 234 to fall into the
Allies hands. It also had some bullet holes, but otherwise was not damaged and
was transferred to the RAE. It seems that this is the only surviving Arado,
presented today at the NASM.
Painting was a challenge because of the overlay of RLM 76 on the spine of the
fuselage and engines. Some photographs show clearly that the light coloured
paint was actually brushed and not sprayed over the existing standard
camouflage. I chose to spray and brush the light colour over the Wk Nr. Unlike
the presentation of the NASM aircraft that I had a chance to photograph a few
years ago, I chose a brownish hue of RLM 81 that contrasts better with the light
Finally, I used spare decal ribbons of bolting strips from the Hobbycraft kit
because they look so similar to the real aircraft.
In all, Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Ar 234B-2 was an interesting and a pleasing
model to build.
It is a pity that the model's price is not cheap and that there were few
camouflage patterns suffice to entice one to build many more Arados.
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Article Copyright © 2002 by Rafi Ben-Shahar
Page Created 03 September 2002
Last updated 04 June 2007
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