Messerschmitt Bf 110 C
Eduard, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 8201 - Messerschmitt
Bf 110 C
|Contents and Media:
||207 parts on six sprues in olive coloured plastic;
12 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; markings for
||USD$49.95 plus shipping online from Eduard
||Well detailed; superb surface
features including crisply recessed panels and subtle rivet lines where
appropriate; includes colour photo-etched parts for harnesses and
instrument panel; alternate photo-etched instrument panels in RLM 02 and
RLM 66; separate canopy parts for closed/open cockpit and rear
clamshell; attractive marking options; very high quality
plastic; narrow sprue attachments.
||Wheels appear more appropriate for
Bf 110 E
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 110 C will be
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.
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 launched their Bf 110 series with the E variant in September this
year. They have now followed up with the version most commonly
associated with the Battle of Britain, the Bf 110 C.
Not surprisingly, most of the parts in this new
kits are common with the earlier release. The main differences are the
absence of the drop tanks and other ordnance relevant only to the later
version, a revised photo-etched set, all-new marking options and, of
course, no resin dachshunds!
Eduard's 1/48 scale
Messerschmitt Bf 110 C comprises 207 parts in olive coloured plastic; 12 parts in clear; one colour photo-etched fret and another fret in bare metal; a masking sheet
and markings for five aircraft.
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This release continues Eduard's recent tradition of world
injection moulded parts, remarkable detail and colorful markings.
The styrene parts are attached to six 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. The tail is moulded as a single piece so if we are going to
eventually see a boat tail "D" version, Eduard will supply an all new
fuselage. In addition to the Bf 110 C/D nose, Eduard also supplies the E
nose (easily distinguished by the rectangular intake).
The cockpit is beautifully fitted out with a combination of delicate
plastic and colour photo etched parts. One nice new touch in this kit is
the provision of alternate photo-etched instrument panels - one in RLM
02 and another in RLM 66. The choice is yours (after consulting
references of course).
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 engine nacelles are supplied separate from the
wings, suggesting that we may be in store for different variants in the
future. Of particular interest, the oil cooler section at the bottom of
the nacelles are separate, so we may see the deep tropical oil cooler in
a future release.
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
do seem to be 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
Two sprues of clear parts are included. 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.
Instructions are supplied in a colour 20 page booklet,
with a historical summary on the front page followed by a parts list, 13 pages of construction steps and four pages of full-colour marking
guides, each with a four-view illustration plus scrap views. The schemes
reflect the evolution of Bf 110 camouflage from mid-1940, with RLM 70/71
schemes of the Battle of France and early Battle of Britain; moving to
the paler finish of RLM 02 and RLM 71 with soft mottled fuselage sides
also in the Battle of Britain; and even an interesting night fighetr
seeing service in North Africa during summer 1941.
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Decals are beautifully printed, with perfect register
and colour saturation.
Eduard has now relegated the old Fujimi 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf
110 to your favourite nephew. These new Eduard kits eclipse Fujimi's Bf
110 in every respect.
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
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!
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