The Arado Ar 96 was a German single-engine, low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction produced by Arado Flugzeugwerke. It was the standard Luftwaffe advanced trainer during World War II. After the war it was continued in production in CSR as Avia C.2. Not many kits are available for this type and the latest one comes from Special Hobby. Did we finally get a decent kit of the Avia C.2? Yes, we did, and this is thanks to the Special Hobby from Czech Republic. Kit is in 1/72 scale and stock code SH 72310
The Special Hobby kit Avia C.2 is delivered as a mixed media kit. Inside the box is an excellent full color assembly booklet, three frets of plastic (one is transparent), pack or resin parts, one sheet of etched parts, film for instruments and excellent printed decals for the CSR samples. External details are perfect and the kit looks like an advanced medium run kit. Note that there are no numbers on plastic fret so you need to take a look on parts diagram to locate each specific part. Good thing is that the kit has a low parts count so this is not a such problem.
As usual, the kit starts with the cockpit assembly and plastic parts are very good fit, no additional sanding is need. Most of the interior color is RLM 66 and I have given some wash with Ultimate Wash on some parts, to give an operational worn out look. With use of fast drying acrylic paints, I managed very quickly to complete the interior and merge it into the fuselage halves. The kit doesn’t have any of the location pins on main parts such as wings and fuselage but this does not make any problem in precise fit of parts.
After completing of fuselage, things go so fast. On the rear part need to be mounted tail surfaces and then comes wing assembly. The wings are interesting, they have few parts inside to present structure and elements and this is done well. I found some problem to fit completed wings to fuselage so I needed to sand it with Ultimate sanding stick to fit them into shape. There is little need for filler for parts. Last in the assembly is mounting the last elements of the cockpit (I also decide to place seats last), closing with canopy and cementing the landing gear struts. I did not put landing gear doors and wheels; I left these for the final steps, after painting. The kit was fine sanded to smooth surface and then I sprayed a coat of black primer.
As I say, Special Hobby provides an excellent decal sheet for the kit but there are also a few more decal manufacturers delivering interesting decals for this kit. First to note is Kopro sheet 93132 with decals for CSR but also Arab country (perfect for those who like a bit exotic subjects).
Other Kopro sheets include markings for the German original Arado 96.
I decided to use last APC decals which include two machines inside, one from flying club and the another one from CSR service but in German camouflage pattern (many give just silver machines). Result with this is very interesting and kit with these markings is show on images.
This kit is interesting to build, can be also made by less experienced modelers, it is easy to build and very well detailed. My special thanks to Hobbycentrum who provide sample kits and decals. You can find kit here and decals here.