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Messerschmitt Bf 110 E

Avi Print, 1/48 scale

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Description and Item Number: Avi Print #48019 - Messerschmitt Bf 110 E
Scale: 1/48
Scale and Price:

USD$16.95 available online from Eduard
from GBP£7.40 available online from Hannants website
and specialist hobby retailers worldwide

Review Type: FirstLook
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
Advantages: Superbly printed, thin carrier film, perfect registration of colours, variety of schemes.
Disadvantages: No stencil data
Conclusion: A well executed decal sheet containing two interesting subjects.


Reviewed by Mick Evans

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This is the first product that I have seen from AVI Print and I must say I am more than impressed. 

AVI Print sheet 48019 provides markings for two Messerschmitt Bf 110 Es used during the aircraft’s service career in two totally different theatres and schemes.

Markings are provided for two aircraft as follows:

  1. Messerschmitt Bf 110 E-1 W.Nr 3866, M8+IP of II./ZG 76 based at Jever air base in Northern Germany in 1941.  This aircraft was flown by Hans-Joachim Jabs and at the time of this scheme he had 19 victories of his total score of 50.  He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves.  This aircraft is RLM 71/02 upper surfaces and RLM 65 lower surfaces.  The fuselage and engine cowl sides have the typical RLM 71/02 mottle painted on.  This aircraft has a RLM 21 White upper nose cowl with a large shark mouth painted on the lower cowl.

  2. Messerschmitt Bf 110 E-3 W.Nr 2408, 5F+YK of2./Aufkl. Gr.14 based at Martuba air base in North Africa in 1942.    This aircraft is RLM 79 upper surfaces and RLM 78 lower surfaces.  The aircraft still carries the emblem of 2./Aufkl. Gr. 123 painted below the windscreen and the previous unit’s code of “4U” has been crudely overpainted with a light coat of RLM 78

The decals are superbly printed by Rising Decals and have excellent colour saturation and register.  The colours are very bright and clear.  The carrier film is ultra thin and my expectation with this sort of decal in the past has been that the decals handle easily and snuggle down into the surface detail nicely.  The carrier film then almost totally disappears under a coat of clear.



The instruction sheet is a simple sheet printed in colour and provides the applicable RLM colours as reconstructed from the possible appearance of the aircraft according to references.

Thanks to Eduard for the review sample

Review Text Copyright © 2008 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 9 October, 2008
Last updated 9 October, 2008

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