this will probably go for a bundle. I picked one up ( the version without the V-1) for a super lucky price last year. It's an ok model, really nothing special. Honestly not worth the huge prices they often fetch. I grafted on some italeri rato pods to my model and it looks better that way.
I can only conclude that the tooling has been lost or damaged, since it has never ever reappeared once in any subsequent series since the initial two releases of it, nor by Warmaster, Solido, Deag etc despite its obvious popularity.
.... Afer, the tool in neither lost nor damaged.... (Ixo's source).
.... When this specific model was released, it was a subscribers "special" for a military vehicules colection (the other "present" being an Apache Longbow we didn t see in the helos serie a few years later).
.... The WW 2 a/c collection was already finished (that was the combat jets in 1/72 which was running at that time)... And it was clearly stated in exchanges with Ixo & Altaya that this serie wouldn t include any of the "precursors" (262, 234, Meteor etc...). .... But the following year, tests were made for the Luftwaffe collection. and the Ar 234 was planned to be part of it. Tests proved non conclusive and the serie was not released... My opinion is that the Ar 234 was already designed and made ahead of the Luftwaffe test (like the Ju 88 - unreleased - we saw some months ago) as was used as a gift as Altaya was not interested in adding early jets to its current jet collection.
... There has been no other magazine models collection around aircrafts since besides the helos one ; so, no wonder the Ar 234 hasn t been reused since...
...Solido was not interested (I asked them when the Warmaster parthershop was announced). Ixo ceased the Ixo Junior planes and its was not considered when the de Agostini's japanese serie was listed.
... Our best chance for a "new" Ar 234 would be Hachette or Altaya having a new try at the Luftwaffe collection.. (But™ I highly doubt: when people are afraid of a dead Confederate general statue, they won t accept nazi planes models... ).
the one without the V1 is easier to find and usually sells for less. That's why the odd deal can be found on it. Far less so for the version carrying the V1.
Be aware: the model represents the prototype for the C series arado 234 (in shape, but not markings or paint scheme which is made up). The true C series Arado 234 had a totally different nose section with far fewer glass panels in it, to simplify production and improve visibility. The prototype for the C series was basically just a B model with the twin engine pods bolted onto it.