Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

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Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby Mig88 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 15:38

Hello everyone

As mentioned elswhere and discussed with Smeg some weeks ago, I decided to build a captured Arado Ar 96 as offered in one of the Mark I kits. I managed to dig a little info and the Ar 96B-7 was a ground attack and dive-bombing trainer variant, hence the cradle part to be added on the underside. This captured machine ended up in the UK and was scrapped at Woodley, England, in 1947 (shame!)

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Here's the kit box and contents (only one of the two kits is shown)

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This is the scheme in the instructions. It retained it's Luftwaffe camouflage but crosses and swastikas were overpainted.

Ar96-03.jpg

I'm adding the RetroWings resin propeller replacement which is a definite must if you want a proper orange-squeezer spinner tip.

With my mother's situation finally resolved albeit temporarily, my life on reboot and three weeks to go to my summer holidays, I don't know if I'll be able to start this until late August or September. I have a couple of things I have to deal with first but I'm hoping to get it started before anyhow. I intend to build a Luftwaffe option at the same time.

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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:56

Will watch this one very closely for obvious reasons. I must look at the spinner in my boxing of the Ar96 and see why it was necessary for RetroWings to issue a replacement one in the first place. And, of course, there's another Argus As410-engined bird with the orange-squeezer that is crying out for attention, the Fw189. Now that Peter's Planes is no longer in operation, we don't have a source of the A series production version (the Anigrand "extra" is the Fw189V-6, the prototype with the heavily armoured cockpit and precursor for the C series that never eventuated).
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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby Mig88 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 16:25

Smeg, it's very simple. The spinner is completely devoid of any detail being completely smooth whereas it should look like an "orange-squeezer" and that's what RetroWings offers.
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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 22:23

Yes, opened the box last night and no orange squeezer to be seen. Looks like another RetroWings' purchase coming up.
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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby Mig88 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 21:31

Hello everyone

In the end I did get to start this kit but progress stalled quickly as my mother's condition became terminal the last two weeks of July. I then went on my holidays and now have alot to go through but I finally resumed today. Anyhow, I did take some photos of my work in the cockpit back then and here they are:

Ar96-04.jpg
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I've added belts from Tamiya masking tape and sticks from stretched sprue. I don't think much will be seen but I know it's there! There are two cockpits because I'm working on both kits from the boxing so there will be a Luftwaffe machine too.

I hope I can make faster progress now and be showing it soon.

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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby uberlight » Sun Aug 26, 2018 14:26

Miguel,

That's a good start on the kit, keep posting your progress of both (RAF captured and German) ,
Sorry to hear about your mother's condition,

Keep up the good work,

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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby BigReg » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:17

Miguel, I am so sorry to hear about your mother, but I have always found modelling a great distraction from life's worries.
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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby ajmm » Tue Aug 28, 2018 22:24

I too am sorry to hear that Miguel. I imagine it has been a pretty grim summer for you. All the very best, pal.

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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby smeg1959 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 0:06

Very sad news, Miguel. Keep your chin up. We're all thinking of you here on the forum.
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Re: Mig88's captured Arado Ar 96B-7 (Mark I)

Postby Mig88 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:51

Thank you all for your kind words and support.

I agree David, and I am trying to really get into modelling again since I only managed piecemeal throughout these past 4 years (and somehow finished kits on the way!). These Arados are a great starting point since they are not overly complicated. I'm also arranging things here at home to finally getting some decent workspace since I was also working in restricted conditions. Life goes on...

Once again many thanks

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