SW72120 1/72 Arado Ar-196A-2 floatplane vs Gloster Sea Gladiator
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The Arado Ar196 became the standard aircraft carried on Kriegsmarine ships during WW2. Although, they were aboard ships the aircraft and crews were still part of the Luftwaffe. The Ar196 was one of the best shipboard floatpanes during WW2 and although it's main role was reconnaissance, it could also be used in an light attack role. It was armed with 2 forward firing 20mm cannons and a 7.92mm machine gun with another machine gun in the rear cockpit for defence. It could also carry a pair of 50Kg bombs.
The Gloster Gladiator was the last bi-plane fighter used by the RAF. It was introduced in the late 30’s as insurance against the possible failure of the more advanced Spitfires and Hurricanes. It made up for its lack of performance with its agility and the exploits of the 3 Sea Gladiators known as Faith, Hope and Charity, defending Malta against the Italian Air Force, made it famous. The Sea Gladiator was used by the Fleet Air Arm, prior to them getting more modern monoplane fighters.
This is set contains a Sea Gladiator and an Arado Ar196 kit, each with 2 marking options. The kits are highly detailed with engraved panel lines. The kits are plastic but there is a resin cowling on the Arado and resin Cowling, MG’s & engine for the Sea Gladiator.