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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2008 - 03:47 AM UTC
Well I have started the most ambitious (and expensive ) model I have tackled to date, Model Design Constructions 1/32nd Arado Ar234B Blitz.
I picked this up at the Milton Keynes show and have been drooling over it ever since .
An inbox review can be found here .

The first job is to remove the pour plugs from the main components then attach the cockpit section. The instructions state to also attach the tail at this stage, but as the fit isn't great and could become a little fiddly, so I will attach it once the fuselage is together. A little filling will be needed to blend the front together, but it should be pretty simple.


Now the first major use of the P.E parts is for the wheel wells. the first pic shows the parts that need to go in. The second pic shows it all together.
The P.E is very easy to bend and everything fits very well.


Once the wheel wells are inside the fuselage you can see, yep you guessed it, not a lot .

But we know its there, which is the important thing.
Next to tackle is the engines, so I shall update once they are built.
Comments and questions are welcome.
Andy
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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:21 PM UTC
No, No ,No!!! I am absolutly not jealous at all OK well yes I am

Looking great Andy

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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 06:59 PM UTC
you mean to say you did'nt get this built and painted on your way home from milton keynes?
seriously though, the AR234 is one of my favouite aircraft, i'd actually forgot that i have a 1/72 one in the loft still to build until i read this yours should look awesome when its done
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 10:08 AM UTC
Well your not going to talk to me at Cosford then Mal, as I have ordered the Typhoon kit to pick up from MDC .
I couldn't build it on the way home even if I wanted too as MDC had forgotten to put the P.E in the box and had to wait a couple of days for them to send me them .
Anyhoo an update.
There isn't a lot of parts for the engines and a quick dry-fit before painting sees the parts go together extremely well.

The engines are built. The P.E fan blades are gorgeous, and is one of the reasons I was sold on this kit when I saw it at Telford model show.


I shall paint the wheel wells and fit them to the inside of the fudselage then next up is fitting the engines to the wings and positioning the control surfaces.
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 09:51 PM UTC
I wonder if MDC will do me a Typhoon on HP?

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2008 - 04:49 AM UTC
Looking good Andy, it will be nice to see in the flesh so to speak.

Ciao
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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 06:33 AM UTC
Thanks Luciano. I shall bring it with me to Cosford as a WIP.
The hardest part of this build so far, the elevators, rudder and ailerons with P.E linkages.
It all went together pretty easy, but some of the P.E parts are tiny, and it has taken me near enough all day to fix them.
Aileron parts.

Aileron fitted.

Rudder parts.

Rudder fitted.

The elevators fitted and the Arado's current state.

The cockpit is next, according to the instructions, but as I have only loosely been following them I shall probably build and attach some parts for the underside.
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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 08:19 AM UTC
Watch him forget to put the cockpit in

nice one Andy, loking great

Mal
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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 08:23 AM UTC

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Watch him forget to put the cockpit in

nice one Andy, loking great

Mal


I probably will, I don't think I have ever built a cockpit last .
Andy
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Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 06:16 PM UTC
A quick update. Not sure how much more will be done before Cosford, but I should be able to get some painting done.
70% of the cockpit in place. Most of it isn't glued in yet, as painting it will be easier in sections. Now I just have to start painting it .
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2008 - 07:23 AM UTC
The cockpit is painted (as some of you see at Cosford ) and I have done the wiring which only took the best part of 3 days to wire . I used 5 amp fuse wire and a couple of wires out of an old set of headphones. According to the few (good) pics I have, there is a lot more wiring in the cockpit but space (none of, and remember this pic is at least 4 times the size of the kit) ,and trying to figure out where they all go to and from is confusing to say the least.
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 12:46 AM UTC
I knew things were going too well. Whilst dry-fitting the front canopy I noticed there is a chip out of the side. Now I don't know if I broke it or if it was already broken, but I shall have too replace the part. I shall phone MDC to get a replacement to pick up Sunday at Hinckley model show. Until then I'll have to work on other parts of the kit, so at least I have something to do.
Andy
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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:46 AM UTC
MDC have not only replaced the broken cockpit part but has given me a whole new set of clear parts.
As some of you may have seen at the Hinkley show, I have managed to get the camo done. I have used White Ensign Models Luftwaffe Colourcoats range of enamels ( a review can be found here ). Underside and sides was painted with RLM 76 Lichblau with RLM 81 Braunviolett and RLM 82 Hellgrun uppers and sides.
The camo needs touching up in some places, then i shall proceed to paint the markings and stencils on using Miracle Paint Masks
, supplied by our own Mal Mayfield (Holdfast).
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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:56 PM UTC
Andy, that certainly is turning out great.
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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 12:42 AM UTC
Thanks dave, I'm rather pleased with how its turning out, which suprises me, as I thought i would have messed it up by now .
I have got to say a big thank you to Mal for supplying the masks (even the half circle step marks are masks), they work brilliantly, so Thanks Mal.
All the markings are sprayed on using Tamiya acrylics.
Andy

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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 08:15 PM UTC
Another one for Mal's stand at Telford then

Looking really good there Andy.
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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 09:38 PM UTC
looking good Andy, mals masks certainly work on it

I bet you will be glad once its done

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 07:16 AM UTC
Your welcome Andy, this is looking particularly good, keep it up

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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 - 07:54 AM UTC
Thanks guys.

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I bet you will be glad once its done


Yes and no. I'm enjoying this build and the learning processes that go with it, even if it does seem that I have been building this forever .
The end is in sight though, well nearly .
Andy