The Messerschmitt Me 410 was the
culmination of various improvements made to the troubled Me 210. It resulted
in an aircraft that wasn’t spectacular, but it was free of any major vices.
To get the aeroplane to fulfil
different roles, many modifications were made, one of them being the subject
of this review.
The supplied product allows the
builder to create a specialized “bomber killer” in the form of the Me
410B-2/U4. The 50mm BK 5 cannon was mounted beneath the aircraft and carried
21 rounds in an internal weapons bay.
Naturally the Monogram/Revell
offering is the kit of choice for this conversion.
If the modeller feels adventurous,
the gun can be used for other versions of this aircraft but that would
require additional surgery.
The presented barrel is a lovely
piece of engineering. As expected, it is perfectly straight with a nice deep
opening at the “business” end. The side holes are especially well done,
these being drilled completely through the walls. The best thing about using
metal in this way is that there are no seams. Thus there isn’t any chance of
malformation due to sanding.
The “pod” is resin and this was
found to be flawless. There were no air bubbles and more importantly…no
distortion. The part is not a solid casting as its interior is conveniently
hollowed out. This will help immensely when it comes to refining the edges
to allow a sound mating to the kit fuselage.
Care should be exercised in this
area as the light colour of the medium in which the part is cast makes
seeing the detail difficult. A good light will be needed to separate the
useable item from the surplus casting material.
The Umrüst-Bausätze that was
supplied to the forward maintenance units contained a ZFR 4a gun sight. A
detailed representation of this item in resin would have been nice but sadly
one will not find it in the package.
The engraved detail is up to the
same standard as that of the plastic kit and so won’t look out of place on
the finished model.
These up gunned aircraft will
continue to be a favourite amongst those wanting to build the unusual. The
modeller can pick a subject that won’t be in everyone’s collection and
employ some basic conversion skills along the way.
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