KP 1/72 Avia C-2

KIT #: 14
PRICE: $cheap
DECALS: Three options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken


The Arado Ar 96 was a successful single-engine, two -seat advanced trainer used by the German Luftwaffe during and immediately prior to World War II.  Designed in 1936 in response to a Reich Air Ministry requirement as a clean, low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction, the Arado trainer was quite modern at the time, using many light alloys.  It was designed to fill the gap between the biplanes employed for basic training and the advanced monoplane fighters just entering service, in particular the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The Arado Ar 96 prototype flew for the first time in 1937, powered by a 179 kW (240 hp) Argus As 10c engine. Over 11,000 were build, most of them by companies other than Arado.

The Ar 96 was used for advanced, night and instrument-flying training. Famously, during the evening of 28 April 1945, pilot Hanna Reitsch and then-Luftwaffe head Generalfeldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim were flown out of Berlin under Soviet fire in an Arado Ar 96 trainer. The aircraft took off from an improvised airstrip in the Tiergarten, piloted by a Luftwaffe sergeant.

Production was also undertaken by Letov and the Avia factory in occupied Czechoslovakia, where manufacturing continued for some years after the war, being designated the Avia C-2B.

For many years, KP was the best 'Eastern Bloc' model maker, producing a wide range of types that were used by the Czechoslovakian Air Force. The kits were generally molded in a fairly soft white plastic with very nice raised detailing. They also came with near-newsprint instructions and decals that were thin, but also fairly transparent.

Despite the fact that many of these aircraft were of WWII German origin, rarely did any of the markings options include German markings. After all, they were modeling for local consumption and those modelers wanted local markings options.
There are three white sprues and one clear that includes a display stand. There is some flash on a few parts, but overall the molding is very nicely done. The interior consists of two seats, two sticks, an instrument panel and a bulkhead between the front and rear seat. This all sits on a flat floor. There is no sidewall detail. The interior is trapped between the two fuselage halves and the rear instrument panel is attached at this time.

Wings are upper and lower halves and fit into the lower fuselage. The tailplane slots into the rear. Front cowling is separate so you can assemble the prop so it can spin. A note is that this has a different exhaust to the Ar-96 so that will need modification. This aircraft also has a single nose machine gun. Landing gear is basic but well done. A fairly clear canopy with well defined frame lines tops it all.

Instructions are well done with information in Czech, German, and English. Colors are generic. Three options are provided. One in silver with a red nose and red wing and tailplane leading edges as shown on the box art. It has a registration as used by the Czech border police. Another is silver with yellow training bands and a third is in 'khaki' over light blue. I think this khaki shade is more of a green than a brown. The markings are well past their 'use by' date and have yellowed carrier. Back in the 70s, even new kits had yellowed decals so this is an issue with all these older KP kits. You can either trim what's provided to seek one of several aftermarket sheets to finish the plane of your choice.

When I got back into model building in the early 1970s, these kits were a nice change from the usual Revell or Monogram or Airfix offerings and I built quite a few of them. Never did this one, but it is on my list of things to do. The C-2/Ar-96 has also been kitted by Heller and Special Hobby. If you see these (and they will be fairly inexpensive), give it a go.


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January 2011

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