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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bf 110 G4







Here are some images of Monogram/ProModeler's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf-110-G4 Night Fighter. From Wikipedia "

The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy fighter (Zerstörer - German for "Destroyer") in the service of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Hermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110, and nicknamed it his Eisenseiten ("Ironsides"). Development work on an improved type to replace the Bf 110, the Messerschmitt Me 210 began before the war started, but its teething troubles resulted in the Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war in various roles, alongside its replacements, the Me 210 and the Me 410.

The Bf 110 served with success in the early campaigns, the Polish, Norwegian and Battle of France. The Bf 110's lack of agility in the air was its primary weakness. This flaw was exposed during the Battle of Britain, when some Bf 110-equipped units were withdrawn from the battle after very heavy losses and redeployed as night fighters, a role to which the aircraft was well suited. The Bf 110 enjoyed a successful period following the Battle of Britain as an air superiority fighter and strike aircraft in other theatres. During the Balkans Campaign, North African Campaign and on the Eastern Front, it rendered valuable ground support to the German Army as a potent fighter-bomber (Jagdbomber-Jabo). Later in the war, it was developed into a formidable night fighter, becoming the major night-fighting aircraft of the Luftwaffe. Most of the German night fighter aces flew the Bf 110 at some point during their combat careers, and the top night fighter ace of all time, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, flew it exclusively and claimed 121 victories in 164 combat missions.

The G-4 was a three-crew night fighter, FuG 202/220 Lichtenstein radar, optional Schräge Musik, usually mounted midway down the cockpit with the cannon muzzles barely protruding above the canopy glazing.


6 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

In this scale, the Bf110 is a enormous work a very long proyect.
Congratulations

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo- Have you seen my 1/32 scale 110? http://thegreatcanadianmodelbuilderswebpage.blogspot.com/2010/03/messerschmitt-bf-110-c-7.html

Anonymous said...

Nice rig this one is. The airbrushing ard colors look good.

Dave

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Dave- Remember back in the olden days when one had to match colours to photographs because all that was available were those little square Testors bottles? The good old days b)

Anonymous said...

Yah. Testor's PLA colors. I still have lots of them. I don't use them often though. It's too bad that we have lost a few good paint lines recently. It's hard to find remaining, Gunze acrylics, and Aeromaster colors. There are others but they're difficult to get a hold of and I'm used to what was once familiar stuff.

By the way...Spitfires rule.

Dave

Warren Zoell said...

My favorite is still Model Master and though they are still available they are very expensive at around $4 a bottle. Not many people are aware but model paints are the most expensive paints in the world.