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Messerschmitt Bf 110C/D
Messerschmitt Bf 110C/D
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by: Magnus Fridsell [ MAGNUSF ]

This is a kit of the Bf 100C and D variants which are the ones that fought in the Battle of Britain. It is a follow-up of the earlier E-offering, and judging from both the extra parts in the kit and Eduard's own release schedules we can expect a night-fighter G-variant before Christmas.

Starting from the outside, Eduard has as usual packed the kit in a beautiful box. I like the general graphical profile and the cover painting is great, showing the best-looking of the decal options! Inside, there is a full box of sprues, all of them packed individually or in pairs in separate bags to avoid scratching. The clear parts come in a ziplock bag, while the same goes for the masks and the coloured photo etch that comes with the Profi-Pack version. To top it all off, there is a booklet containing clear and well drawn instructions with colour artwork and Gunze paint numbers for all the decal options. I haven't seen any weekend-edition releases of this kit yet so I don't know what will be lacking in them - generally speaking at least, the masks are worth their weight in gold considering the kind of canopy on this aircraft...

Speaking of decal options, they are another strong point. In all Eduard kits I have seen, they seem to have gone to great lengths to present the builder with a varied selection of options. This kit includes five different options, two in greens, two in greys and one (almost...) all-black night-fighter. The options all have their own little twists, with one of the grey machines having a yellow nose and huge wing tanks, while one of the green ones have a sharkmouth and the other one the huge (and rather ugly) belly tank.

Casting quality... I've spent the better part of an hour just fondling the plastic and drooling over it...It's remarkable, it's marvelous, it's a Hasegawa-killer! Thin recessed panel lines, complemented with nicely restrained rivet detail, covers the most finely cast plastic parts I ever have seen in a kit. When it comes to parts, there are lots of them. However, quite a few of them are not needed in this version of the kit, so it is a good idea to start by weeding the sprues for the parts that are marked not for use.

Details... Simply remarkable! Being a Profi-Pack kit, this makes the most out of a combination of plastic and colour printed photo-etch. It is however designed so that it will work out well even without the photo-etch; instrument panels are either supplied in two versions - blank (for use with the etch) or with moulded-detail. Even it this isn’t a review of the built-up kit (stay tuned!) I’ve actually managed to glue all the cockpit parts together. Even unpainted and without the etch it looks well detailed and very busy!

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SUMMARY
Highs: Phenomenal fit and detail and the fact that everything you need to make a great replica comes in the box.
Lows: None that I can think of. If price is an issue there seems to be a weekend edition coming for about half the price...
Verdict: This is simply stated a great kit, they don’t come any better than this in the year of the Lord 2012! For those of us who still think that Eduard does short-run kits; we’re badly wrong. They are probably world leaders in making the best plastic kits that
Percentage Rating
100%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 7081
  Suggested Retail: £19.50
  Related Link: My build blog for the review build!
  PUBLISHED: Nov 24, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 77.50%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

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About Magnus Fridsell (magnusf)
FROM: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

It all started with a Biggles book, one of those where he is a flying policeman... He flew an Auster of some kind. Later that year, this was in 1982 when I was 10, I got the Airfix Series 1 Auster for Christmas. Since then modelling has been my interest. It has survived RC flying, flying full sca...

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