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1/48 Hasegawa Arado 234 Blitz-Engine Reposition-03/11

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  • Member since
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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
1/48 Hasegawa Arado 234 Blitz-Engine Reposition-03/11
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:21 AM

It's been a long while since I've done anything aviation related so it's been really difficult to decide on what I'm going to do for an ice breaker for the last few months. I bounced back and forth from Ta-152 to an Fw190 D series to a 190 A series to finally .........this:

A Hase offering of the 234:
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I bought two of these because every time I start hackin' on a build for detail add ons like cockpits or engine displays or anything like that I have inherent problem of messing something up along the way to the point of being unrepairable so I just head it off at the pass with a spare parts kit. I don't know when exactly I'll get started on this bad boy as I still have to finish up my '54 Chevy Panel Wagon that I'm building in the Auto section here but I decided to post a Threadlocker anyway.

Here are the upgrades:

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with a masking set:

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and reference material:

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:34 AM

Great to see you back in the aircraft realm Joe. Your wonderful skills and talent for turning out highly detailed Luftwaffe aircraft has been sorely missed. I am very much looking forward to your build up of the 234, especially with all the sweet resin updates you have involved. I have the Pro Modeler twin engine version of the 234 in my stash. It's a rebox of the hasegawa kit. So, I'm going to pay attention as I know I'm going get a bunch of helpful tips on building mine. Bring it on!

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:25 AM

Thanks Joe! I'm looking forward to getting back into the military aircraft swing of things again (although I'm having a total blast with the automotive side) .

 

I picked one of these up as well just so I could have some of the odds and ends out of it. (I've actually had all these items to include both kits now for several months to be ready for the finish up of my '54 Chevy)

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and a set of these:

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  • From: Walton, KY
Posted by nanookAK on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:29 AM

Looks like it will be a fun project! That's a nice kit. A tad fiddly in a few spots but nothing you cannot overcome.Big Smile When you get it completed and have any spare bits left over let me know...I could use some odds and ends to dress up my old Hobbycraft Arado.

Did you decide on which a/c to model from the decal sheet?

Good luck,

Lee

"Even Stalin has an Airfix Spitfire Mk.IX!!!" Der Fuhrer

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:36 AM

Thanks Lee. I dunno yet about which aircraft yet. That winter camo scheme catches my eye though.

 

 

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  • From: MN
Posted by Nathan T on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:46 AM

Sweet choice Man! I built this same kit a few years back, but only used the Aires cockpit. Watch the fit of the cockpit to the rest of the fuselage. Not a fun area to putty and sand. 

 

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:03 AM

Yeah I've been eyeing that. I guess it's a good thing that I skipped off to the automotive side for a couple of years as that's given me alot of practice in that area. lol

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:31 PM

Welcome back from your time in all things shiny and chrome. Count me in on this one.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:40 PM

Most exciting!  I'm looking forward to this thread!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 1:23 PM

Oh this looks very cool. I like the added details you've chosen. This is gonna be a way cool build. Welcome back.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:36 PM

Hey, Mustang, ya'll going to put a Hemi in that thing!?

This looks like a really cool build! You should put this in Bish's 1946 What if GB! 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing this aircraft come together!

 Bruce

 

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:48 PM

Joe, thats second book, whats that like. I've seen it on hannants but not got one yet.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:59 PM

Brandon: Thanks man. Yes

hogfanfs:

hogfanfs
Hey, Mustang, ya'll going to put a Hemi in that thing!?
Tha hell you say!!!Surprise Such blasphemy!! SurpriseSurpriseSurpriseNow you know it's gotta be a big block Chevy!! I'll see that this reflects on your record. lol

I dunno if I should enter this into a GB. I'll be a dang year on it. Thank you as well.

Bish: It's excellent. All I can say is get it.

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:14 PM

Thanks Joe, i will. Been looking for a few more 234 books.

As for the 46 GB, i don't know. I've the heard the host is a bit of moron and over strict.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:15 PM

mustang1989

hogfanfs:

 
hogfanfs
Hey, Mustang, ya'll going to put a Hemi in that thing!?

Tha hell you say!!!Surprise Such blasphemy!! SurpriseSurpriseSurpriseNow you know it's gotta be a big block Chevy!! I'll see that this reflects on your record. lol

 

 

Ah, you're a Chevy guy, ok, how about this:

Hey, Mustang, ya'll going to put a LS6 in that thing!? Big Smile

 

 

 Bruce

 

 

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:49 PM

Bish:

Bish
As for the 46 GB, i don't know. I've the heard the host is a bit of moron and over strict.

hogfanfs: You know..........that doesn't sound like a bad idea!

 

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:07 PM

I think I’m going to test fit this kit together first to see how it’s supposed to go together and then install my resin goodies here and there. I figure it’ll give me a slight edge when things aren’t going together so smoothly when installing the resin pieces. Painting this sucker on the bottom will be a unique experience for me as I’m used to painting my exteriors with no landing gear installed. Judging by the fit of the fuselage halves together and the wing to fuselage joint I’d say it might be a slight bit easier of a kit than I’d originally thought.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:09 PM

It's looking great!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, July 22, 2016 6:01 AM

Thanks Toshi!

More test fitting today with the Aires interior detail set. Looks like it's going to fit good at the firewall/ fuselage joint. Will have to see how everything is going to behave with the glass installed ..........

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This is a fairly well complimented set and I'm looking forward to working with it:

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, July 22, 2016 7:55 AM

Fit looks pretty good! That cockpit is going to look great when you're done with itBig Smile

-Andy

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, July 22, 2016 10:14 AM

Great start Joe, looking forward to seeing you tackle that pit. Its a real shame no one has done a resin 234 pit in 72nd scale.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, July 22, 2016 10:22 AM

Bish
Its a real shame no one has done a resin 234 pit in 72nd scale.

Not for me it aint. lol . Thanks Bish. Yes

Thank you as well Andy!

 

 

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Posted by qlabs on Friday, July 22, 2016 9:19 PM

I can't wait to see this go together. Man I should have sprung for all the nice resin detail on my build.

Eagerly waiting for you to dig into that cockpit :)

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:19 AM

Looking forward to see how all of that detail work turns out.

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:01 AM

Thanks Colin and Tojo.

I've got the tub all trimmed up and the two pieces glued together. I had to sand a lot of material from the bottom to get it to fit right but so far so good. Here's a few shots with the clear nose piece test fitted. It looks like it's gonna be A-OK.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:03 AM

Looks good  Cool

  

 Nick.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:05 AM

Looking great Joe! You are packing tons of detail to a seldom seen subject.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:28 PM

The Aires cockpit is going to be a royal enhancement to your 234 Joe. Especially with the sweet greenhouse canopy that will allow you see it all quite well. That's what I like about what you are doing as you will actually be able to see most of the fantastic detailing you are going to do. Bonus that you've got the resin cockpit to fit well without too much hassle. At least I'm crossing my fingers that that is the case as indicated by your test fitting.

P.S.- Despite a despotic and sometimes ill tempered moderator, your 234 would be a welcome sight over on the '46 GB. 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

  • Member since
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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 25, 2016 5:11 AM

Thanks guys.

Joe: I may PM him about that. My only concern is how long its going to take for me to buiild this thing and I'll be the only one left in there building 9 months from now. lol

I cut the side panels from the resin mounting blocks today. This stuff is super thin so cutting it from them was a slow process to avoid breaking the dang things. Looks like everything is fitting here so far:

and still mates up to the fuselage as good as I've ever seen from an Aires set

 

 

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:50 PM
Looking sweet Mustang. I have the same kit in the pile so I'm paying attention.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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