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Arado Ar-96A The training of pilots and another flight personnel in the newly built Luftwaffe took place in so called Flugzeugführerschule A/B, or Flying Schools A/B, with aircraft of A1/2 and B1/2 categories. For the B1 category advanced training in those fighter schools, the Luftwaffe requested in 1935 a new monoplane (low-wing plane) type of all-metal construction and Arado company was assigned with the task of its development and production. The development itself was quite a demanding one, the resulting prototypes being rather different one from another. In the end, the production was based upon the Ar 96V-6 prototype and the type was know as the Ar 96A, in which the Argus As 10c engine was used and both Arado and AGO companies were involved in the production. During about one year’s service of this plane, it became clear that the type’s engine was suffering from low output, therefore the Luftwaffe opted to use the plane’s final version instead, that being known under the Ar 96B designation. This version was powered by a more powerful As-410 engine (and is available in a model form under cat.nos. SH72312 and SH72315.) As the Luftwaffe prefered the B version, the earlier machines were freed for export. At least one of them found its destination in Bulgaria during the course of WW2, five machines were taken over by the Slovak State military. However, the A type main user was the Royal Hungarian Air Force, which also became the second largest user of the Ar 96 of all versions.
From the first glance one may think that, apart from the engine installed, the Ar 96A and Ar 96B are identical aircraft. False impression, though. As the As 10c engine was significantly lighter, the wing-to-fuselage position was different from the B version, this also led to a different angle of the wing root section of the leading edge. Therefore, we simply had to make complete new moulds for this model. The PUR resin parts are also different. The kit contains a PE fret, the decal sheet caters for five quite interesting camouflage options, two of which -the V6 prototype and the Slovak machine – flew with a rare wooden prop. All the remaining machines, it means the German Flying School machine and both the Hungarian planes (each of them in a different type of camouflage) used a standard metal propeller.