Dragon 1/32 Bf-110D/E 'Nachtjäger'
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Wing Tech boxing|
The Bf-110 was a 'heavy' fighter, designed to have the range to escort bombers to and from the target as well as be able to fend off attacking enemy fighters. It was a concept that many nations felt was valid and depending on who was attacking the bomber stream, would have been. However, when confronted with a technological equal in terms of aircraft development, the Bf-110 was not able to meet its mission designs.
However, this was not the end of the story. The 110 was an excellent fighter bomber, recce aircraft and was eventually turned into a superlative night fighter. It had the speed to perform the mission and was able to carry a variety of weapons and long range tanks. Though the Me-210 was supposed to supplant the 110 after the C variants were done, this wasn't the case and so the 110 continued to be developed. The D model was basically a long range version able to carry drop tanks and equipped with a life raft for over water use. The E variant added improved fighter bomber capabilities and the ability to carry more weight thanks to its uprated engines.
Both the D and E versions were also developed into night fighters. Initially, these planes were without radar, though the first experimental radar sets were installed in 110D aircraft and sent to NJG 1 in Holland to provide operational experience. prior to this, the dedicated night fighter units that also included NGJ 4 simply painted their 110D and E aircraft matte black and used visual methods along with some assistance from ground radar to find the British night bombers. Even with these unsophisticated methods, there was some success, which encouraged further development of the 110 as a night fighter.
For the first time, Dragon provides the bits to build a proper Bf-110E. Previously, a 110C and 110D were issued, making this the third kit in the big scale 110 series. As with other kits, there are bits and pieces added to ensure that you are able to accurately portray the variant you wish to build. Dragon also provides a somewhat complex radar array with photo etch dipoles for those with the skills to build it, and a standard plastic one for those of us who don't. Below is a full listing of the features of this kit.
Instructions are to Dragon's usual high quality of printing and provide both Gunze and Model Master paint references along with the generic and RLM equivalents. All five options are basically matte black with the two 110Ds assigned to NJG 1 and the three 110Es assigned to NJG 4. The differences between planes are basically code number though one D is radar equipped and one E has a shark mouth as shown on the box art. The rather largeish decal sheet is well done and provides full stencil markings. No swastika is provided so you'll be off to aftermarket sheets for that one.
This adds more interest and another great variant to Dragon's growing line of Bf-110 kits. It should provide many hours of building pleasure and result in a superb model when finished. If big scale planes are your forte, this is one you really should buy.
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