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Arado Ar196

Arado Ar196 from Tintin comics

Well, thing doesn't always go as planned. I never wanted to build the plane from the Tintin album The Shooting Star.
I bought the Airfix Arado 196 to build a Swedish plane but I wasn't happy with the heavy looking spars on the rear fuselage or the flat look of the movable rudder areas so I bought a new Arado from Heller instead.
(Model finished 2017)

I wasn't sure if I should scrap the kit or just build it straight out of the box with the decals from the kit but then The Tintin option came to mind. I decided to use a hobby knife with a round blade and try to get some structure in the rudders and also tried to make the fuselage ribs softer.

The lack of details in the cockpit made some crew neccesary. But how would I get Tintin's dog Milou in 1/72 scale? I remembered that I still had the dog from the Airfix Bloodhound missile somewhere. It had lost most of its legs but Milou is a smaller dog so that wouldn't be a problem. I had to cut the body to make it shorter and then the neck was to long so I had to remove a piece of it to. The tail has been moved and new ears was built.
One of the pilots was converted to Tintin. I put a piece of the Shooting star in his lap.

In the end I'm glad that I built it. Gluing the rudders and filling the gaps improved the look of the kit.

Arado Ar196 in Sweden

As I mentioned I wasn't happy with the Airfix kit, so I got a Heller instead. Well in fact I built two. Here are some pictures to compare it with the Airfix kit.

The first one was finished with decals that was included in the kits issued in Sweden 1980.
(Model finished 2018)

In the afternoon of February 11, 1943, the Swedish Coast Guard reported a low-flying German plane following the coastline on a western course outside Karlshamn. Most likely, photographic Swedish military facilities. Swedish marine units came to shoot a warning shot against the intruder after which the aircraft landed.

The crew consisted of two men and a couple of days later, both Germans was sent back to Denmark.

The aircraft, an Arado Ar 196A-3, DH + ZF and was manufactured by French SNCASO in St Nazaire. Only 13 Ar 196 came to completion there, problems with allied bombings and the labour force made the license production moved to Fokker in the Netherlands. This Ar 196, the sixth of the thirteen, was approved by Luftwaffe's Controller on August 1, 1942. The first six had some weaknesses compared to a standard Ar 196A-3. Therefore it was decided that they would not be used at the front and DH + ZF was awarded a naval school based at Kamp on Rügen - 4./Fl.Erg.Gr.(See). At the beginning of 1943, the plane had been temporarily sent to Copenhagen, lent to 1./Fl.Erg.Gr.(See).

At the Swedish Navy Air Base at Stumholmen, the aircraft was held for almost two years.

At the beginning of January, the last war year 1945, the Arado is on a list of airplanes detained in Sweden that the Germans is interested in selling. The Stockholm company AB Industridiesel immediately acquires the aircraft.
v At the end of the war a chain of manned observation sites in the mountains had been built along the Swedish-Norwegian border.

The only way to reach these obs-places was by using aircraft. The first plane, a Waco YKS-7 chrashed in February 1945. With the loss of the Waco, a replacement was needed.

The Arado was for sale and considered suitable. The type has been used by the Finns with good experiences in dropping people far behind enemy lines. Perfect if you want to do the same with refugees and opponents in northern Sweden and Norway. Major John Turner, an officer at the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), bought the Arado for his own money for the The firm AB Continent Agenturen.

When the war ends a letter is sent from the Civil Aviation Authority to the Continent Agency and Scandinavian Aero where it is announced that May 27 is the final flight for SE-AOU, the registration no longer applies after this date.

Scandinavian Aero returns the aircraft to the Continent Agency at Lindarängens seabed in Stockholm. After a test flight, it takes off to fly to Karlstad. However, it does not land there but continue to Oslo, more specifically to the naval shore next to Fornebu. The Swedish authorities considered this flight to be illegal, partly leaving the country, and it appears that the pilot does not have a valid certificate.

In Norway, the Arado got a few English nationality markings and is officially supplied to the A-Squadron 8801 Aircraft Disarmament Wing. During the summer, the plane is stationed at 333 (Norweigian) Squadron with Fornebu as a base. In October, the Arado is requested to be scrapped by English authorities in the belief that it is a abandoned German equipment, but Turner is once again able to "rescue" his aircraft. In December, Norwegian nationality markings and the numbers "1006" on the fin are added, which is also the production number of the plane.

I had bought a book about the Ar196 from Kagero that included Swedish decals that i used for the second kit. In fact, despite the different registrations, it is the same aircraft.
(Model finished 2018)

At the turn of the year 1945/46, 333 Squadron moved to Stavanger / Sola and the Norwegian Air Force's privately owned Arado Ar 196 comes along. During the spring of 1946, John Turner succeeds in finding a buyer of the aircraft, AB Ahrenbergsflyg. As the name suggests, it was the well-known flyer Albin Ahrenberg, who was the founder and owner. On May 28, the Arado moved from Sola to Oslo, to be accommodated until it will be picked-up. In June, an order is issued that "the aircraft should be painted the original Swedish registration SE-ADU."

Marked as SE-ADU, the Arado is collected during the summer and flies to Lindarängen. However, its intended registration, SE-AOU, has to be replaced as it now belongs to another aircraft. New designation becomes SE-AWY and WY is painted a bit sloppy in the last two letters. In the autumn, a major review of the aircraft will begin. It becomes silver and blue, the "corporate colours" for Ahrenbergs flyg.

On December 30, 1946, SE-AWY is registered at AB Ahrenbergsflyg, Stockholm, and on January 15, one can start using the aircraft. Almost exclusively, it was now used for target towing for the navy's exercises. It is often based at Stumholmen for exercises in Karlskrona archipelago. This was also the case on August 19, 1947, when the aircraft was wrecked when landing.

Stockholm January 07, 2018 Updated April 01, 2018
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