Matchbox 1/72 Bf-110C
|PRICE:||$5.00 at a swap meet|
|NOTES:||Out of production|
BF-110 is one of those aircraft that took forever to find a role that it really
excelled in. It started out as a
heavy fighter and was a moderate success until it met modern fighters over
As the Allied bombing campaign picked up steam over
This one of Matchboxís tri color releases as you get three sprues of blue, brown and orange parts as well as a clear sprue with a stand and the canopy on it. The kit has fine raised panel lines that look acceptable. The detail is kind of basic with nothing in the wheel wells and a very basic cockpit. But the kit does have two figures for the air crew and with a heavily framed canopy, you canít see the detail that is missing. The instructions are very clear as to where things go and the decals seem to have held well despite being 20 years old.
This kit begins where most planes do, in the cockpit. You get a basic cockpit floor with two seats and then you put the crew in the seats. I painted the cockpit and seats gray and then painted the crew green with dark gray helmets and sand faces. The assembly began proper as I put the cockpit in the fuselage halves and then everything goes pretty smoothly from here. The plane only really needed putty at the wing roots and along the centerline seam. Some putty was also needed where the rear stabilizers meet the fuselage. The nacelles join with the wing snugly. The landing gear is a touch tricky as the instructions are not really clear as to how they attach to the nacelle. Test fit it two or three times before you glue. Thatís the really only tricky part of the construction.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
gives you two options, a BoB plane from ZG 76 in RLM 70/71/65 or a SKG 210 plane
with Wasp nose decals in a winter wash scheme from
This is a nice little kit that goes together with a minimum of hassle. It is definitely a good kit for novices with a low parts count and simple assembly. It hasnít been repopped lately but you can find it on Ebay or at a show for a few bucks.
Your editor would like to add that the first model he built where he felt he had finally done a good job on it in terms of filler, paint, and decals was the Matchbox 110.
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