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PostPosted: Fri 16 Jun 2017 08:39 am 
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Thank you guys!
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it is good to see old models build [...]. Tired to see always the new kits in the modeling magazines :shock:
Yes, I agree. But there is no business case in showing old models in magazines. The magazines have to be commercial, otherwise they can't survive. But that's what the internet fora are interesting for. Like here on the ATF you can find lot's of old models being built.

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PostPosted: Fri 16 Jun 2017 08:48 am 
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Weathering
I will keep the weathering very simpel: only a panelline wash. These aircraft had a very short lifespan from production to being shot down or worn out, and were grounded most of the time because of fuel shortages. So I think they did not have a very worn look.
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Diluted dark brown oil paint sludged in the panellines on the bottom.....

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....on top.....

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....and on the engines.

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After an hour drying time I carefully wiped away the surplus of oil paint.

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Looks nice on the light blue belly.

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And nice narrow lines on the engines. I am happy with the result.

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The wash covered with two layers of matt varnish.
And now on to the final construction!

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PostPosted: Fri 16 Jun 2017 12:38 pm 
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Looking good, some nice subtle weathering :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jun 2017 08:56 am 
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Thanks, Shep!
Canopy (2)
Next step will be the unmasking of the canopy. Always exciting to see what comes underneath!
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This is were I was left.

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And the tape removed. Not bad! A nice shining canopy. Although there is some distortion caused by the thick plastic there is a lot to see from the cockpit detail. There is some dust on the canopy, but that is on the outside.

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Then I added the very conspicious rivets with which the perspex canopy parts are attached to the canopy frame. I imitated them with a silver coloured gel pen of the type little girls use to enhance their diaries. :D Worked well!
And now on with the landing gear....

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jun 2017 16:59 pm 
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Well done!

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The cockpit looks wonderful through the canopy

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun 2017 07:45 am 
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Thank you, Dancho and Luke!
Landing Gear
I continue with the landing gear.
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The kit parts are very much simplified, so I started adding some detail. The wheel rims got some more detail and received brake lines. The oleo struts got knee joints and brakelines too. The front wheel was sawn from its strut and glued back under an angle.

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After some paint, a wash and a drybrush.

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The kit wheelbay doors are moulded extremely thick. Scalewise they are more than 10 cm thick! Suitable for a tanks frontal armour! :shock:
My first plan was to sand them back to something closer to scale thickness, but soon I realised it would be easier and nicer to scratchbuild new ones from thin plastic card.

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The wheelbay doors painted.

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Landing gear and doors glued in place.

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Another pic.
Right, this Arado can stand on its own legs now. Time for a bomb!

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Fantastic work :clapping:

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What a great job you're doing. Thanks for taking the time to show the improvements you've made. This is one of those threads that makes me want to track down the kit and give it a go myself. :nod:

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun 2017 10:48 am 
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Thank you very much, Shep and Malcolm!
Bombs and hardpoints
The Arado 234B-2 (the bomber version) could lift a maximum bomb weight of 1500kg. The bombs were transported externally on three hardpoints, one under the fuselage and one under each engine nacelle. The two outer hardpoints could also facilitate drop tanks.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4267/34741116425_b3223fccd3_b.jpg
Picture of an Ar 234B-2 with a SC1000 bomb.
The Ar 234B-2 could also be equipped with the heavy SC1000 Hermann bomb (nicknamed after the fat commander of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Göring). The Hermann bomb was so heavy (more than 1000kg) that no other ordnance or drop tanks could be carried. The Frog boxart is incorrect in this respect.
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Frog's SC1000 bomb is quite chubby. But in my sparebox I had a more subtle SC1000 from Italeri. I glued in a piece of iron wire to attach the bomb to the aircraft later.

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Paint, decals (the yellow stripes) and a wash.

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Hermann attached.

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What are these?
As the aircraft is carrying Hermann, the other two hardpoints remain empty. But it is nice to detail these hardpoints a bit. These are the clamps that keep bombs and droptanks in position.

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The hardpoints under the engine nacelles.

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Engine nacelles glued in place.
And now the rocket assist take off units.....

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun 2017 12:02 pm 
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Astonishing modeling !!!


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Beautifully done.

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun 2017 17:32 pm 
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This is really progressing well. Hopefully the finished result next - and a good one too.


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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun 2017 18:22 pm 
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I'm looking forward to the rockets. I painted the kit parts, but they could be scratch-built for a better look.

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PostPosted: Tue 20 Jun 2017 14:36 pm 
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Thank you, guys!
Rocket Assist Take Off units
The first jet aircraft, including the Arado 234, were a huge innovation. At the same time they suffered from lots of teething problems. Especially the Jumo 004 engines of the Arado were highly problematic. They sufferred continuous flameouts, needed overhaul every 10 flying hours and had very limited thrust at low speeds. That last issue was problematic at take off. The Arado 234 needed a very long airstrip to get airborne, especially when heavily loaded with bombs. This led to accidents and limited its operational use to airfields with very long runways. By lack of better engines a cumbersome but effective solution was chosen: the use of rocket assist take off units of the type Walter HWK 109-500 Starthilfe.
http://www.b-domke.de/AviationImages/LwMuseum/Images/HWK109-500_26869.jpg
Image of a Walter HWK 109-500 Starthilfe

The Walter RATO units existed already and were used in the Luftwaffe to assist heave loaded bombers and transport planes (Me323 Gigant) to operate from small or improvised airfields. The rocket engines worked on liquid peroxide and provided the aircraft with extra thrust for 30 seconds. Enough to get airborne. When airborne the RATO units were released and fell back to the earth below a parachute. They were recovered by specialised teams, who prepared the rocket engines for re-use.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eElcG3YgoY
This is a nice short movie on the preparation of the Walter Starthilfe, including preparation, take off of two Arado 234's, release and parachute descent.

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The Frog RATO units are quite chubby. The frame connecting the unit with the wing is moulded as one massive piece with the rocket unit. That's not acceptable of course. So I started with sawing that part of, and filling the gap with a sheet of styrene.

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After some filling, sanding and priming, I reduced the rocket engine to its basic form.

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Then I started to rebuild the detail: a new frame, panellines.

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Parachutes and access hatches in place, painted and a shiny layer of varnish.

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Rivets and a wash applied

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The RATO units attached to the wings. I also imitated the static line that opens the parachute after release of the RATO unit.

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Another pic. And now only some small details are left....

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PostPosted: Tue 20 Jun 2017 16:39 pm 
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Those are impressive rockets Huib. I particularly like the release cords - a small but significant detail and so characteristic of your modelling attention to detail. Thanks for the links to the sources too - all of them very interesting.


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Absolutely massive. My hat is tipped.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Jun 2017 09:51 am 
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Thank you very much, Steve and Dancho!
The last details
Only a few small details and the Arado is finished.
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A new method (for me!) to make navigation lights: a dot of paint in the desired color...

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....then a drop of PVA glue.....

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....And after an hour or so you have a nice navigation light. Good method!

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The pilots ladder is extended. Built from iron wire and a small piece of styrene.

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Ladder painted.

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Homemade pitot tube. The one from Frog was too fat to my taste.

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Peilgerät 6 antenna unmasked and a ring antenna from iron wire.

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Antenna wire from fishing line.

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Finished! Final pictures soon!

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Great job. Will look at the pictures later when they are posted.


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Awesome example of old-school model building.

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