Eduard Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4

By far the most successful nightfighter in the Luftwaffe’s inventory during the Second World War, the Bf 110G-4 was a formidable machine when combined with the right weapons and radar system. It was the perfect role for the Bf 110 which first entered Luftwaffe service in 1937 and by 1940 was already approaching obsolescence in its original heavy day fighter role. Like several twin-engined German aircraft, the Bf 110 found its second wind at night; stalking British bombers over Germany and clinically despatched so many to their swift end. The G-4 in particular was one of the RAF bomber crew’s most feared enemies thanks to the installation of the infamous ‘Schräge Musik’. This was a pair of angled, upward-firing 20mm cannon which were installed in the rear cockpit, the idea being that the Bf 110 would slip underneath and slightly below its unsuspecting victim. Alternatively the G-4 was just as heavily armed in the nose with a quartet of 7.92mm MG17 machine guns and these combined with the FuG 202 Lichtenstein radar (the radar was constantly updated to keep pace with Allied counter measures) made this variant one of the best of the Axis night fighters.   

  This Profipack Edition of the Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 in 1/72 is a rebox of the 2013 version of this kit with updated and new parts and new box art. Being a Profipack, rather than a Weekend Edition, this kit also contains a PE sheet, masks and a comprehensive sheet of decals (complete with swastikas!), printed by Eduard. The 104 parts are contained on eight sprues marked A to E and J to L. Sprues E and L both contain a set of fuselage halves so there’s something for the spares box before you start. There are also two pairs of main wheels but they all look a little large for a Bf 110 so you may want to treat yourself to a resin set instead. All parts are thoughtfully attached to the sprues and are devoid of any flash. An array of transparent parts is held on a circular sprue and painting them will be straight forward as the necessary masks are supplied. Another nice touch is a PE fret which can be used as a jig to align the radar antenna onto the nose of the aircraft; there are three options for the array.

  The instructions are a nicely printed glossy A4 booklet (history of aircraft on front) with 16 pages, four of them display multi views of an aircraft from 7./NJG6, Stab II./NJG1, Stab IV./NJG1 and Stab NJG 3 plus a line drawing on the back for decal positioning.    

  This is a lovely kit which can be presented in multiple ways and I particular like the assistance given by using PE for the antenna. As always, further detail can be bought separately such as the engines which are available in resin. However, I don’t think it really needs it and if you are displaying the machine with the gear retracted you don’t have to worry about those main wheels either. Thanks very much to Eduard for our sample which is available from all major outlets and online model stores. 

 

Product: Construction kit

Ref: 7094

Scale: 1/72

Parts: 104+ PE Sheet

Price: Approx £20

Manufacturer: Eduard

Website: www.eduard.com