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PostSubject: Revell 1/72 Me 410 Hornisse "Hornet"   Mon Feb 20 2017, 15:38

History:

The Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse ("Hornet") was a German heavy fighter and Schnellbomber used by the Luftwaffe during World War II. Though essentially a straightforward modification of the Me 210, it was designated the Me 410 to avoid association with its notoriously flawed predecessor.

Development of the Me 210 had been under way since 1939 but the aircraft proved extremely unstable and was never considered for full-scale production. Modifications to the layout produced the Me 210C and 210D, which proved somewhat superior. As studies progressed on the Me 210D, and with a separate parallel attempt to improve upon the 210 with the Messerschmitt Me 310 in the second half of 1943 — which provided almost no aerodynamic improvement over the 210's risky handling qualities — it was instead decided to introduce a "new" model, the Me 410.

The new aircraft included a lengthened fuselage and new, automatic leading edge slats, both of which had been tested on Me 210s and were found to dramatically improve handling. The slats had originally been featured on the earliest Me 210 models, but had been removed on production models due to poor handling. The new Me 410 outer wing panels had their planform geometry revised to bring the aerodynamic center further forwards in comparison to the Me 210, thus making the leading edge sweep back of the outer panels identical to the inner wing panels with both having identical 5.5° sweep back angles, which improved handling.

The Me 410 night bomber proved to be an elusive target for the RAF night fighters. The first unit to operate over the UK was V./KG 2, which lost its first Me 410 on the night of 13–14 July 1943, when it was shot down by a de Havilland Mosquito of No. 85 Squadron RAF.

The Me 410 was also used as a bomber destroyer against the daylight bomber formations of the USAAF. The /U2 suffix designated a fitment of two additional 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons in the under-nose ordnance bay instead — the A-1/U4 subtype fitted the massive, 540 kg (1,190 lb) weight Bordkanone series 50 mm (2 in) BK 5 cannon, loaded with 21 rounds in the same undernose ordnance bay in place of either the /U1's cameras or MK 103s, or the /U2's added pair of MG 151/20 auto cannon. For breaking up the bomber formations, many Me 410s also had four underwing tubular launchers, two per wing panel, firing converted 21 cm (8 in) Werfer-Granate 21 infantry barrage rockets. Two Geschwader, Zerstörergeschwader 26 and 76, were thus equipped with the Me 410 by late 1943. They were moderately successful against unescorted bombers through 1943, with a considerable number of kills against USAAF day bomber formations being achieved.

However, time would show that the Me 410 was no match in a dogfight with the lighter Allied single-engine fighters such as the North American P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire. In early 1944, the Me 410 formations encountered swarms of Allied fighters protecting the bomber streams, usually flying far ahead of the combat box formations as an air supremacy move for clearing the skies of any Luftwaffe opposition. As a result, the Me 410's previous successes against escorted bombers were now often being offset by their losses. An example of this was started by the USAAF 6 March, 1944 during an attack on Berlin by 750 8th AF heavy bombers, when 16 Me 410s were shot down in return for eight B-17s and four P-51s (which were destroyed by Bf 109 and Fw 190 fighters escorting the Me 410s). The following month on 11 April, with 8th AF raids hitting Sorau, Rostock and Oschersleben, II.ZG 26's Me 410s accounted for a rare success, initially bringing down 10 B-17s without any losses. During the course of the same raid, their second sortie was intercepted by P-51s that destroyed eight Me 410s and three Bf 110s.

From mid-1944, despite being Hitler's favourite bomber destroyer, the Me 410 units were taken from Defense of the Reich duties and production was phased out in favour of heavily armed single-engine fighters as dedicated bomber destroyers. The Me 410s remaining in service started flying on reconnaissance duties only. Some Me 410s were used with Junkers Ju 188s during the Battle of Normandy, for high-altitude night reconnaissance.









The kit:
This kit is a vintage 1970s kit offered by Revell. Molded in a dark green plastic, the kit offers a basic cockpit, two crew, and a detailed 50mm gun barrel. The decals, while old, are very usable and give the modeler very good results.



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PostSubject: Re: Revell 1/72 Me 410 Hornisse "Hornet"   Mon Feb 20 2017, 15:39

The build:

Building this kit was a fun and pleasurable experience. The parts fit was very good and the engineering basic and sound. The kit offered a basic cockpit with two seats and crew figures. I added some internal details such as a pilot headrest and instrument panel.

The Me 410 featured two rear facing machine guns in remote controlled blisters found on the sides of the fuselage. Revell supplies these and they can be built to move. I chose to build them glued onto the fuselage.





Added details included my drilling out the end of the 50mm gun barrel and hand painting the swirl pattern on each spinner. The camouflage scheme was achieved by spraying the entire fuselage a light blue and then using soot colored Tamiya pastels to create the mottled effect. The wing/engine splinter pattern was achieved using Tamiya Japanese Army green which is masked off and over sprayed with Tamiya Field Gray.

The antenna rigging was created using EZ-line. I really like how this one turned out and now I have another 1/72nd scale addition to my multi-engine Luftwaffe theme.

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