Messerschmitt Bf 110 D
Eduard, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 8202 - Messerschmitt Bf 110 D
|Contents and Media:
||Around 210 parts in olive coloured plastic; 12 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; markings for five aircraft
USD$49.95 plus shipping,
available online from Eduard
USD$43.96 after 12% Christmas discount
||Fabulously detailed; superb surface
features including crisply recessed panels and subtle rivet lines where
appropriate; includes comprehensive colour photo-etched parts; separate canopy parts for closed/open cockpit and rear
clamshell; attractive marking options; very high quality
plastic; narrow sprue attachments; includes boat tail plus CD and E style noses.
||Modelling experience is
required; only later style wheels supplied.
||A beautifully detailed kit of a historically important aircraft, but challenging to build in places. By far the best Bf 110 available in 1/48 scale.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Bf 110 D is available online from Squadron.com
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 entered the Second World War as a new and
prestigious weapon of the Luftwaffe, performing the roles of
bomber escort, heavy fighter and troop support during the German
invasion of Poland. It performed well against Polish fighters, and put
its heavy armament to effective use against ground targets after the Luftwaffe had established air superiority. The Bf 110 repeated these
roles during the campaign in the West. The long range of the Bf 110 was
especially useful for escorting bombers deep into France.
The twin engine Messerschmitt was more than a match for most
contemporary French fighters, but early encounters with Spitfires and
Hurricanes resulted in unaccustomedly heavy losses. This was an ominous
indicator of the coming months over the British Isles.
In those Summer months of 1940, Messerschmitt Bf 110s on long-range
escort missions suffered heavy losses to British fighters. Eventually,
Messerschmitt Bf 110s had to be escorted themselves by the more nimble
Even if its fortunes as a pure fighter aircraft were mixed, the
Messerschmitt Bf 110 had a better record as a defensive weapon.
As early as December 1939, Bf 110 C aircraft of I./ZG 76 were
involved in the decimation of an armed reconnaissance patrol over the
Heligoland Bight. Eight Wellingtons out of a total 22 on patrol were
claimed by the Zerstörers. This single event put massed daylight
bombing off the agenda until 1943, but ZG 2 and ZG 76 continued to enjoy
superiority over Blenheims and Wellingtons in the following months.
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 E, was a refinement of the C and D models with production beginning in August 1940. The Bf 110 E was a useful long distance bomber and heavy fighter. In addition to its ordnance and new gunsight, revisions were also made to the rear machine gun, and inside the cockpit. The most obvious exterior change was the addition of a rectangular air intake on the front of the top gun cowl. The versatile Bf 110 E served on the North African, Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Russian Fronts until 1942 and beyond.
Arguably the most important contribution made to the German war
effort by the Messerschmitt Bf 110 was as a night fighter. The role was
initially ad-hoc. From July, 1940, day fighters were simply painted
black and sent aloft to deal with British bombers, now making their
attacks under the relative protection of darkness. These early night
fighters had no additional equipment nor ground control assistance.
Enemy aircraft were held in the cone of a searchlight, and the Bf 110
would engage the bomber while it was illuminated in the beam.
Eduard's fourth release in their excellent 1/48 scale Bf 110 family is the Messerschmitt Bf 110 D.
Most of the parts are common with the Messerschmitt Bf 110 C released one year ago, but there are some changes to depict this variant.
The most obvious new moulding is the long fuselage with the "boat tail" often seen on the Bf 110 D.
This is a separately moulded fuselage in addition to the standard fuselage included in the box. The "boat tail" fuselage has the boat deployment cable moulded along the edge of the port-side fuselage spine - a nice touch.
The "Dackelbauch" long range belly tank is also provided.
Both styles of upper gun cowl are supplied - the plain version for the C/D and the raised cooling intake for the Bf 110 E.
Images of the remaining sprue parts may be found in my earlier review of Eduard's Bf 110 C release
This release continues Eduard's recent tradition of world
injection moulded parts, remarkable detail and colourful markings.
The styrene parts for the kit are attached to seven sprues via fine connectors.
Moulding quality is superb. I could not find a single sink mark or
ejector pin in any area that will be visible on the finished model.
Crisply recessed panel lines are partnered with incredibly subtle rows
of rivets. I like the treatment of the fabric control surfaces too, with
rib tape detail being the most prominent feature - no massive sagging of
The fuselage is broken down into the main halves with a separate nose
(upper and lower) plus an insert for the deck immediately aft of the
cockpit. As mentioned earlier, two "standard" fuselages are supplied along with a separate longer fuselage with the "boat tail" moulded in place.
The cockpit is beautifully fitted out with a combination of delicate
plastic and colour photo etched parts.
The lower fuselage cannon are
visible through the fuselage floor, and plenty of spare ammunition is
provided. The rear gunner's seat can be made to swivel, while the
navigator's seat may be posed up or stowed.
The nose is fully equipped with four MG 17 machine guns and
ammunition feeds plus oxygen bottles. These may be displayed by posing
the separate gun cowl open.
The wings are moulded with the flaps and leading edge
slats in the closed position. This may disappoint some modellers, but I
did a quick check of several books and nearly half of the Bf 110s were
parked with the slats and flaps up. If you really want to drop the flaps
and/or slats, the kit engineering will make this task fairly
straightforward with the bulges behind the nacelles moulded as part of
the bottom of the kit flaps.
Ailerons are provided as separate parts.
Wheel well detail is excellent
The shape of the spinners looks good, and the prominent pitch collars
are moulded near the base of each propeller blade. These should be
clearly visible when the propeller assembly is complete. The main wheels
are still the same as those included in the Bf 110 E kit, but
reference photos suggest that the hubs should be smaller for the Bf 110
C and D.
Two sprues of clear parts are included for each kit. The prominent
glasshouse is an important part of the Bf 110's character, and Eduard
has done an especially good job on the complex rear clamshell. If the
rear canopy is to be depicted open, separate parts are supplied for the
clamshell and the sliding top rear sections. If the canopy will be
closed, a totally separate single part is used. A separate piece of
armoured glass is also depicted, with an alternate photo-etched frame if
the modeller prefers. The side and top canopy parts are also individual
pieces to permit posing in the open position. Furthermore, alternate
styles of rear canopy are offered - with the machine gun cutout and
without. Handles and other canopy details are supplied in both photo
etch and plastic. Eduard masks are also included to ease the pain of
painting that maze of canopy frames.
Five nicely varied marking options are offered. These are all new - none have been covered in the previous three Eduard Bf 110 issues.
Decals are beautifully printed, with perfect register
and colour saturation.
The specific subjects are as follows:
Bf 110D 'M8+SP', 6./ZG 76, flown by Fw. Spitzner; Argos, Greece, April 1941
Bf 110D 'M8+OK', W.Nr. 3148, 2./ZG 76; Norway, spring 1940
Bf 110D '3U+FM', 4./ZG 26; Mediterranean, spring 1941
Bf 110D '3U+LT', W.Nr. 3406, 9./ZG 26; Trapani, Sicily, 1941
- Bf 110 D 'S9+CK', W.Nr. 3341, 2./Erpr.Gr.210; Battle of Britain, August 15 1940
This is a beautifully presented and detailed kit. The high parts count and some of the smaller and delicate parts mean that some modelling experience will be helpful before tackling this project, but there can be little doubt that Eduard's 1/48 scale kit is now the reigning champion of plastic Messerschmitt Bf 110s of any variant and in any scale.
Having already built the Bf 110 E kit, I can also advise that it looks as good when it is finished as it does in the box!
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
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