Messerschmitt Me / by George Punka | Book
Messerschmitt Me B-1 Stab, I. The Messerschmitt Me was the last in the line of purpose-built German Zerstorer Destroyer - twin-engined heavy fighters. It was a direct development of the fairly disastrous Me , which was in turn intended to replace the Messerschmitt Bf as early as Ironically, while the last Me was being withdrawn from service by the end of , the Bf soldiered on in considerable numbers as a night fighter until the last days of the war.
The Me A corrected most of the potentially fatal problems of the early Me Although similar in appearance, the new aircraft boasted more powerful engines, a longer and deeper fuselage, swept-back outer wing panels, revised flaps, improved ailerons and automatic wing slots. The first Me B series was available in April This new, powerful platform was equipped with a variety of weapons. Optional Ruststatze Field Conversion Sets included the choice of 2 x 30mm MK cannon, 2 x 20mm cannon in a belly-pack, external bomb racks or 4 x W.
GR-2 Rocket Tubes mounted under the wings.
The Me could even be equipped with a 50mm BK 5 cannon for use as a "tank buster". It was fairly common to see combinations of these field-modified weapon options on one aircraft. The principle role of the Hornisse in this theatre was to counter American daylight bombing. Despite the impressive weapons fielded by the Me , it was no match for the more nimble American escort fighters and suffered heavy losses accordingly.
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The Me also operated in the night intruder and even night fighter roles. Ultimately, however, the fate of the Zerstorer on the Western Front was predicted over the skies of Great Britain in The concept simply took four years to lay down and die! The clear parts are packed in a separate plastic bag. Optional parts are provided for 4 x W. GR-2 underwing rocket tubes, an R-4 underbelly gun-pack and a choice of either 2 x MG 20mm cannon or MK 30mm cannon for the nose armament.
The 30mm option comes complete with the corresponding telescopic sight and alternative forward canopy. Surface detail is by way of very crisp panel lines combined with subtle and appropriate raised rivets, hinges and tape. There are a series of small, raised circles on the horizontal tail surfaces which are at best over-scale, and at worst completely fictitious!
Light sanding will correct this problem - but be careful not to remove the rest of the detail. There are no sink marks apparent on my example. Ejector pin marks are fairly feint and mainly restricted to areas that will not be seen on the completed model. The dimensions and accuracy of the outline are good, with only a couple of nit-picks.
The supercharger intakes on the engine cowlings are too long and are oval in profile. They also point down too steeply and consequently touch the top of the exhaust assembly. The modeller may choose to conduct some minor surgery or leave the intakes as they are. In addition, Charles Metz advises that the shell ejector chutes are incorrectly angled horizontally instead of vertically. He suggests that the fuselage may be about 1mm too deep, and that the problem could be corrected by widening the chutes toward the aircraft's centreline.
Kit detail is excellent. The cockpit is comprehensive with convincing radio gear, instruments, remote barbette controls, roll bars and very comfortable looking quilted cushions on the pilot's and radio operator's seats! Lap harnesses are moulded onto the pilot's seat only, but this doesn't really work - they appear too flat.
Messerschmitt Me 210/410 in action - Aircraft No. 147
Both cockpits look very busy and accurate. External detail is equally good. Tyres are bulged and hydraulic hoses are attached to the main gear legs. The wing radiator detail is particularly impressive. Another nice touch is that ProModeler have provided the machine guns with a centred hole in the end of each barrel - no drilling-out required. Unfortunately you will have to drill out the exhaust stacks if you are that way inclined.
Two excellent figures are also included. If you don't like the seated pilot figure, the standing radio operator offers some vignette potential. The only slightly disappointment is the wheel well detail. Our store policies adhere to the policies set forth by AbeBooks. We strive to keep our descriptions accurate and our shipping fast. We are available to answer any questions you may have prior to ordering about the product or shipping.
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