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Arado 234 A (V6) W. Nr. 130006 GK+IW (Four BMW engines)


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In the spring of 1940, the German Reichsluftfahrtministerium's (RLM) Technical Office asked the Arado company at Brandenburg/Havel to undertake the design of a bomber/photographic reconnaissance aircraft to be powered by the new turbojet engines under development at Junkers and BMW. No performance details were specified, except that the aircraft should be capable of covering Britain as far north as the naval base at Scapa Flow. The design work at  Arado resulted in the first design E370 (Erprobung). On basis of this design the first prototype Arado Ar 234 A - V1 (Versuchsobject) was constructed and flown for the first time on July 30. 1943.

 

Later it was considered to use the less powerful BMW 003 turbojet engines in two more prototypes with four engines. On  the prototype (V6) Wrk. Nr. 130006 four BMW engines was mounted separately under the wings, using the mounts for the rocket boosters for the outer engines. This was to become the worlds first four engine'd aircraft. Wrk. Nr. 130006 was given the code GK+IW and it's maiden flight was done on the 25. April 1944.

 

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The prototype of the Arado Ar 234 A (V6) Wrk. Nr. 130006 GK+IW with the characteristic 'take off dolly'...

The base kit for this build is Fly Models Arado Ar 234 B-2. The build required some massive conversion to the kit.

 

Fuselage was narrowed. The fuselage was later widened to accommodate the landing gear in the production models.

Engine nacelles have a different form to fit the early BMW 003 engines. Landing skids under each nacelle.

Complete 'overhaul' of the cockpit canopy and instruments.

The characteristic 'take off dolly' had to be scratch build.

 

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