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Floats and Boats GB 2022, extended to end of 2023

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, December 25, 2022 3:52 PM

I'm really pushing myself to get two kits done by year end. This is one of them.

Calling this one done. 

This was Goldhammers build for this year, but he gave it to me just before he passed hoping it would not go to waste. He had barely started the kit by making the floats, I went ahead and finished her of for him. 

Thanks Art, you were a true friend and I miss you dearly. I hope you like what I did with it. Happy modeling in the sky, my friend. Beer

This is a Modelcraft kit. Not the best kit to be honest, but certainly a cool subject. I would have liked to have done some more with it, perhaps a calm little dock scene is in its future. 

Painted with Testors white and red, alclad on the floats. Not to self, don't intsall the floats or supports until after you've painted it all. It's very difficult to paint with those in the way.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. It looks good sitting with my Kingfishers.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

BK

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 6:53 PM

First off, I had no idea that Art had passed. We crossed paths several times on this forum.

Secondly, what you did on his behalf is nothing short of honorable. A true friend you are to him.

What a great job on what seems like a difficult kit Brandon. You good sir....are da man!!! 

                   

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 10:57 PM

Looks great BK.  I don't mind modelcraft kits - they have a good selection of airliners which for some reason are near and dear to my heart.  Great looking little bird.  I'd like to see that on a water body in AK and a dude fishing off of a pontoon.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 12:07 AM

Nice job, Brandon, a great tribute for Art.

John

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Thursday, December 29, 2022 6:10 PM

That one turned our really nice Brandon. I have never seen that kit before and it came out awesome.

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Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, December 29, 2022 8:10 PM

A beautiful job, as always BK. Art would have been very impressed I'm sure. It's great to see folks building stuff for our mates that have passed, as it keeps them with us in the forums. Gone but not forgotten.

Dodgy

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 30, 2022 12:21 PM

I'm going to give this a shot and pray that I'll be completed by the time the end date comes.

Here we go:

It's been a while since I've put an aircraft build on my bench. I've got a 2017 Camaro build right now that is moving reeeeeeeeeal slow and I was getting bored and becoming unmotivated so I thought I'd switch things up a bit.

This kit and the  3 D printed upgrade kit came in the mail a few days ago. A buddy of mine elsewhere is working on one of these and inspired me to build my own Kingfisher. Not ever liking the Monogram kit because of its primitive details, I've skipped over this one my whole life..............UNTIL I found this upgrade set from Flightline Engineering. This upgrade breathes a whole new life into what I can do with this kit and at around $50 shipped, it's fairly competitively priced in todays market. 

I hope to start this build pretty soon. Gotta get some headway on that Camaro now.....

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, December 30, 2022 2:05 PM

mustang1989

I'm going to give this a shot and pray that I'll be completed by the time the end date comes.

Here we go:

It's been a while since I've put an aircraft build on my bench. I've got a 2017 Camaro build right now that is moving reeeeeeeeeal slow and I was getting bored and becoming unmotivated so I thought I'd switch things up a bit.

This kit and the  3 D printed upgrade kit came in the mail a few days ago. A buddy of mine elsewhere is working on one of these and inspired me to build my own Kingfisher. Not ever liking the Monogram kit because of its primitive details, I've skipped over this one my whole life..............UNTIL I found this upgrade set from Flightline Engineering. This upgrade breathes a whole new life into what I can do with this kit and at around $50 shipped, it's fairly competitively priced in todays market. 

I hope to start this build pretty soon. Gotta get some headway on that Camaro now.....

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Roster is updated. Welcome aboard. Love seeing these get some AM parts and a whole lotta love.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 1:07 PM

Okay, finally back to work on the Kingfisher. I have the cockpit done and closed up. Seems are fixed and I am working on the engine. Need somemore detail painting, plug wires, and some plumbing to add. Once I can sit at the bench for more and a few minutes, as my back is up to its old tricks again, I'll press on.

BK

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Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 8:54 PM

Mustang I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with that Kingfisher.

BK that is beautiful work!

Dodgy

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Posted by Mach1 on Thursday, January 5, 2023 8:21 PM

BK: Great job with the Cessna! I agree with the others that it is a fitting tribute.

mustang: looking forward to your Kingfisher. I have a different (older) boxing in the stash and am curious as to how well it builds up, as well as how well the aftermarket set integrates into the kit.

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 8, 2023 4:03 PM

I've made a fair amount of progess on the Kingfisher. Finished canopy masking and assembled the wings off the kit. I'd like to paint them and then put them on, we'll see. Not anything work taking pics of, but I should have some pics in the next couple of days.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 9, 2023 2:35 PM

Okay, as promised here is a pic of the progess. 

I have the cowling assembled along with the canopies and have them masked. The wings are done except some clean up on the leading edges, but otherwise they are good to go. The rudder and horizontal stabilzers are now on and drying. Added some small fiddly bits to the fuselage in hopes I can break them all off before I paint, and then reattach them and break them off right after painting as is required in my assembly guide. I'll work on this another day or two and then set it aside to focus on my other builds for a spell.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:50 AM

Man......this is intense. I do love all the detail that you're putting into this thing. After all the bad publicity this kit has received, it's nice to see someone showing that this is indeed a kit worth building. 

                   

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, January 13, 2023 1:51 PM

Alright, the wings are now on and the floats are together and curing. I am setting this one aside for a few weeks while I make progess on some other GB's. I am very happy with where I am on this. It is moving quickly now.

BK

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, January 15, 2023 7:11 PM

Looking good Brandon, I like where your build is going.

I know, I know... it's about time for an update from me, right?

Well, it has been a nightmare getting two sets of after market parts from overseas vendors for some reason. The first parts were the replacement canopy set. The first attempt was from Europe and after paying never made it to my door. Of course you have to wait a certain amount of time before you can request a refund (Ebay and PayPal). Next attempt was from Japan which took a long time but finally made it. 

Here are the comparison parts. As you can see the kit parts were polished so the new ones look almost dull. 

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From what I read in other sources, that is normal. Jarrod and I will attempt to polish them and then dip each part in Future (clear). Two things are immediately apparent, the new parts have no key slotted blocks in the glass like the kit parts.

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And the alignment of the multi-part canopies is sure to be even in the new pieces.

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Based on a recommendation from some of you we also purchased the Eduard canopy mask set to replace the Montex set. It will be the first time we use this type of mask versus Tamiya tape, so I hope it is worth it. I will reserve my final opinion until the painting is complete.

The next item we were waiting on was a new propeller with spinner cap. It was actually made by Eduard # 632124 for a FW190, but the prop diameter and shape is exactly the same as the AR196 spinner. They even provided a jig to ensure the proper pitch of the individual propellers which we thought was a nice touch. 

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Jarrod and I have also continued to build up sub assemblies such as bombs and wing floats in preparation for painting. 

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Here is another modification to the kit, adding some fire power to the wings.

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Speaking of painting, if you remember we did not like the plain color scheme of the prototype. Even though the vast majority produced were the A1 twin pontoon variants, there were 10 or more single center float aircraft that found their way into the war. Finland, Italy, and a few more used the Arado 196. Even Russia captured and repurposed them for used up through the 50's. With that in mind, we are going to make ours into an Italian (Mediterranean) scheme.

Here are the camouflage styles we are thinking about. Perhaps you can help us out with the decision, replies are encouraged.


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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 16, 2023 9:30 AM

Looks like you are making some nice progress there. That is a lot to choose from with regard to schemes. Most of those would look good on that kit. Being a water landing bird would sway my choices in the matter as having a desert scheme seems out of place. I know when she's done and you have it painted it will be stunning.

BK

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:04 PM

Time for a little update. I haven't been able to get a lot done due to the broken ribs etc. What Jarrod and I have gotten done is the preparation for paint. 

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When attaching the forward canopy to the fuselage we found that the fit was not ideal. Specifically, the canopy sits down in the fuselage creating a ledge. Our solution was adding several layers of clear future finish as it is self leveling and gap filling. 

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Regarding the Eduard canopy masks, we mentioned this is the first time to try them and so far so good.

We are still uncertain on how were going to paint this bird. Being we chose the Italian variant we want to paint it in an authentic Italian scheme. I think we are going to try our hand at some of the pen style paint markers on a sheet of plastic to practice the technique / style and to see how they would turn out before deciding on applying it on the actual model. Part of me is leaning towards the three tone camouflage versus the sand colored, but then again Jarrod also like one of the tan schemes (?).

Another thing we've been looking at is how to paint the bombs. Here are some examples we have found.

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Depending on how my healing comes along the next update should have some color samples to show. Till then let us know what you think..

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 29, 2023 1:23 PM

DRUMS01

Time for a little update. I haven't been able to get a lot done due to the broken ribs etc. What Jarrod and I have gotten done is the preparation for paint. 

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When attaching the forward canopy to the fuselage we found that the fit was not ideal. Specifically, the canopy sits down in the fuselage creating a ledge. Our solution was adding several layers of clear future finish as it is self leveling and gap filling. 

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Regarding the Eduard canopy masks, we mentioned this is the first time to try them and so far so good.

We are still uncertain on how were going to paint this bird. Being we chose the Italian variant we want to paint it in an authentic Italian scheme. I think we are going to try our hand at some of the pen style paint markers on a sheet of plastic to practice the technique / style and to see how they would turn out before deciding on applying it on the actual model. Part of me is leaning towards the three tone camouflage versus the sand colored, but then again Jarrod also like one of the tan schemes (?).

Another thing we've been looking at is how to paint the bombs. Here are some examples we have found.

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Depending on how my healing comes along the next update should have some color samples to show. Till then let us know what you think..

Ben and Jarrod

 

Ah, very nice. Great idea on the canopy fit. I hadn't thought of that. As far as the scheme is concerned, Jarod has you covered on that. Looking forward to it. Love the updates.

BK

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 7:51 PM

As the days go by the ribs are allowing me to do more, and in this case it's modeling time.

Jarrod and I asked the forum members here and in another forum about which Italian camouflage we should attempt. The issue is we've only had three responses and all three are different. Keep in mind that it is an Italian paint scheme, and most of them are Mediterranean (brown, sand, like base colors). After researching the variations of camouflage we were surprised to see how ornate or complex the Italian WW2 paint schemes were. So if you ever wondered what the gifted Italian artists and painters did during WW2, they painted aircraft camouflage (just kidding). 

So, we are going to try several different ones that were selected to see how we like them after we try to replicate each one. How are we going to do that you ask? We've created a right and left wing template from sheet plastic, engraved and marked the panel lines as well as riveted them to make it look as close to the model as possible. 

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This way we can do two things; first use it to practice the methods, and second to compare the result to make a final determination. All we will need to do is lay the painted plastic on the wing to get a good visual. I guess this is the before photo, the after is coming soon.

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So what else have we been doing you ask? 

Panel lined (pre-shaded) the aircraft and added a white marble undercoat to the lower wing, fuselage and float.

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Added the engine to the fuselage and marbled the model with black/green in preparation of the top coats.

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Painted the first coat of blue beneath the wings, fuselage, and floats.

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Applied a second coat to the bottom of the float, this makes the panel lines and shading more subtle. 

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Last but not least, painted the prop and spinner. Sorry about the photo, we hope you can see it in the pile of junk.

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Letting the Vallejo dry (harden) overnight so that is just about it. Next update we should be able to post the variations of camouflage. Comments always welcome, and encouraged! Heck, if you have ideas to improve the build or have a camouflage choice, please let Jarrod and I know. 

Till then,

Ben and Jarrod (DRUMS01)

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:04 AM

OK since this one is extended I will jump in for my first ever GB with a Minicraft Spruce Goose.

I should be able to locate it in the stash and finish well before June!

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:39 AM

Tcoat

OK since this one is extended I will jump in for my first ever GB with a Minicraft Spruce Goose.

I should be able to locate it in the stash and finish well before June!

 

Even in that scale that is still going to be a big kit. Looking forward to watching it come together. Welcome aboard.

BK

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, February 2, 2023 11:24 AM

BrandonK

 Even in that scale that is still going to be a big kit. Looking forward to watching it come together. Welcome aboard.

 

BK

 

Well the box isn't very big so now that I have committed I better be able to find it! I bought it while at the museum where the real thing resides and have never even opened the box.  
 
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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:48 AM

Jeez fellas. It's been over a month since I've commented in here and I apologize for that. I'm actually busy with an online project elsewhere and then there's work and THEN there's my OTHER hobby that pretty much uses up all the time I've got. 

The progress that I see going on here is just mind blowing. That Kingfisher is coming along well and the Arado....oh man...that thing is just going to be off the charts. The whole marbling prep with the paint is pretty much the only way I go now. Really brings out the most as far as weathering goes on aircraft that were depicted as "outside only". 

I'm almost done with my 2017 Camaro build and then I'll slide my Kingfisher onto the bench and get started up.

Brandon...when you get a chance check your PM's bro.

                   

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, February 10, 2023 10:45 AM

mustang1989
Brandon...when you get a chance check your PM's bro.

I got ya man. Handled.

I am wrapping up work on two kits that are nearing completion. I will be back on the Kingfisher soon.

BK

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:39 PM

I'll be jumping in here and looking at the ongoing builds and I should be in here by the end of February with my Kingfisher Brandon. Thanks for extending it brother.

                   

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1:04 AM

After a long time away so we think it's time for an update.

After some consideration between the thee tone (rust, green tan), the smoke rings, and a squiggly type disrupter scheme used on the Savoia Marchette SM79 schemes. Jarrod chose the disrupter scheme. With that in mind, we mixed the base color and Jarrod helped me apply the paint over the marbling / mottling to finish the day with what you see here. While you cannot see it here, there is still some slight variations in the paint.


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We're hoping with the fine tip on the airbrush will allow it to look better in scale with less over spray too. We also think it will look the best with the blue lower sections. The color may look bright, but after the camouflage and the dirty wash and wear it should be just about right. 

Here is what we are after with the disrupter scheme just adapted to the Arado aircraft.


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So after some careful planning and application, here is the AR196 camouflage.

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The sand color is actually a Breda paint called Ochre Yellow (Giallo Mimetico 3) and the green called Dark Camouflage Green (Verde Mimetico 3). As for the blue it is titled Under Wing Blue (Azzurro Subalare). These colors are based off the STORMO VITO Color Charts used for Italian Aircraft. According to the information from the source, they were first painted green overall, then the yellow was sprayed over leaving the spots of green: watch the convexity of the yellow spray! 

We thought twice about painting the engine cowling yellow but found just as many that matched the fuselage camouflage.

And how did the Eduard canopy masks work? In my opinion they were ok but I made the mistake of removing them without cutting the edges free from any paint. What happened was the masks pulled quite a bit of the paint off the thin canopy framing. Lesson learned, next time cut the edges of the mask before pulling it off the canopy. So I ended up having to hand paint much of the canopy with my pin striping brush. I always use it when I want a thin straight and sharp line. 

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So moving forward, we are going to mask the canopy (again) and gloss coat the airplane so we can start to add decals! I initially thought of adding the floats and bracing before the decals, but thought better of it. I would not be able to detail wash and paint around them if they were added this early. So gloss coat, decal, etc. etc. 

In the effort to create more interest in the "little things", we decided to paint the neutral area of the wing flaps that is normally inside the wing when in the neutral position the same color as the inside of the fuselage. When removing the mask from the wing it pulled some of the Vallejo camouflage off the upper surface (CRAP!)

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So now we had to repair or rework that to blend in the custom mixed Giallo Mimetico 3 and Verde Mimetico 3. I liked using those names instead of sand and green (makes me feel international - smile). While a little tougher than we thought, we were able to get it back into order. The final version of the camouflage included a light respray of the green in a different hue as well as an overall fade with a lighter mist of the sand color. 

Next was a gloss coat. It was the first time we used the Vallejo gloss clear and found it simple enough to apply. Then after a two day rest to fully cure, we started applying some decals. We do not want to spoil the impact of the final result, but we did want to show you the progress with some basic photos.

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The decals are from three sources, first the kit specific universal decals. The second which provided the flags, numbers, and several other details came from a Kit World Decals set for an Italian Dornier DO-335A. The national insignia and tail identification came from Hungarian Aero Decals for the Italian Fiat CR-42. 

Stepping ahead in the build, we were thinking of how we want to display the kit. The scale of the kit makes it challenging for a full based diorama (size issue). So, do we want to use the round simple plastic display piece provided in the kit with a simple blue and black paint? Or should we step it up some with a stained wood base and perhaps a WW2 military map print cut for the surface. Here are a couple of examples showing what we may perhaps go with:

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Let us know your thoughts on the build so far and the display base options.... thanks!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 5:09 AM

You guys are KILLIN' this build!!! LOVE the camo scheme and that base looks choice as well. With what I'm seeing on the rest of the build, that boo-boo on the port wing will be no problem for you two. WOW!! 

                   

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 9:30 AM

The Arado looks amazing. The camo is on point and very impressive. I really love what you done with this kit, its amazing. As far as the base choice, for what its worth, I prefer the larger Italy map over the Mediteranean map. It makes the plane look as if it is representing Italy where the larger area map leaves that a touch vague. But, that's just my 2 cents worth. Anything you do will be the right choice because its Jarods and yours.

BK

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 11:27 PM

Jarrod and I are calling this GB done! Thanks for allowing us to participate in the GB. Since joining this forum years ago we have really enjoyed participating in the Group Builds. It has without question allowed us to branch out into other modeling subjects that we normally wouldn't have. In the process we learn new techniques, establish new modeling friends, and appreciate the various modeling skills from our peers.

You can pick one of photos of your choice for the first page. Thanks again for this GB, it was fun. 

Brand: Revell
Scale: 1/32
Paint: Vallejo, MIG, Tamiya, and Testors

Other Items:
- Kit World 3d printed seat harnesses
- Master Model machined machine guns with PE sight
- Eduard canopy mask
- Verlinden printed battle maps
- Aerobonus Styka pilot and gunner figures (modified)
- Quickboost resin open port exhaust ends
- Trumpeter riveting tool on wings and fuselage
- Alley Cat replacement canopy set
- Eduard propeller and spinner
- Master Models 7.7mm Breeda Italian MG barrels in wings
- Guitar string used for cable wire bracing the floats
- Kit World Decals set for an Italian Dornier DO-335A
- Hungarian Aero Decals for the Italian Fiat CR-42
- Eduard spinner masking spiral rings
- Custom 6 inch round wood base with routed edge
- Custom photo image of Italy added to display base
- modifications using brass, aluminum, resin, and solder

This aircraft was built by my special needs son and I (Jarrod and Ben respectively) and represents one of the Arado AR196-B single main float variants that were dispatched to Italy for duty in the Mediterranean. The aircraft did not arrive with any weapons in the wings, only the German 7.92mm shooting through the engine cowling, so they added 7.7mm Breeda Italian MG's in each wing. The camouflage is a disrupter cross hatched line effect, as shown on the Savoia Marchette SM79 schemes during the period. 

We know it is not perfect, but it is a decent looking 3 foot model. Please let us know what you think of her.

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