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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FUJIMI BF-110D 1\48

In 1934 the RLM (State Air Ministry) decided to make an issue for a new kind of fighter having two engines, heavy armament and considerable range. Called a Zerstörer (Destroyer), its’ mission was to escort friendly bombers deep in enemy territory and destroy enemy fighters. Its’ dominant quality was to have range and fire power for any lack of manoeuvrability.
In 1936, the prototype, powered by two of the new DB 600 engines, reached 316 mph.
It was heavy on the controls and not very manoeuvrable although the speed was considered excellent.

The B-serries which carried two cannons came too late to see action during the Spanish Civil War. Next, the C-series with the more powerfull DB 601 fuel–injected engines performed better at all heights. The D series was a long range version of the 110C. When the Germans invaded Poland in September of 1939, the Luftwaffe had 195 Bf-110C fighters which operated mainly in the close-support role but also, destroyed any aerial opposition they met. During the Blitzkrieg war through the Low Countries and France 350 Bf-110 were used with the same results as in Poland. But during the Batttle of Britain the Zerstörers found their Nemesis in the face of the RAF Fighter Command. Suddenly, the Bf-110 proved to be a disaster. It was simply no match for the Spitfires or even the Hurricanes and soon the Bf-109 fighters were called to escort the Bf-110s. When the Battle of Britain ended 203 Bf-110s had been lost!
On April 1941, the Germans invated the Balkans which in many respects was a re-run of Poland. On 20th of April over Athens, Greece, the Zerstörers made their most prestigius single kill when they shot down and killed South African Sqn Ldr Pat Pattle who was the top scoring RAF pilot of World War 2 with a tally of at least 50 victories.
Also in North Africa during 1941 and the opening stages of the Operation Barbarossa the Bf-110s enjoyed some success in the daylight fighter role.
On 10th of May 1941 Rudolf Hess, the erratic deputy leader of the Nazi party, used a Bf-110 to fly from Augsburg to Scotland, in an attempt to propose a peace deal between Germany and Great Britain.
The G and H serries equipped with more powered versions of the DB 605 engines, packed with radar and night–fighting equipment played a major part in the night battles over the Reich in 1943-45. The top night fighter ace of all time, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, flew the Bf-110 exclusively and claimed 121 victories in 164 combat missions!
Total production reached almost 6.170 machines.
Today, only three Bf-110 are known to exist and displayed in museums.

Although the kit is almost 30 years old it has fine recessed panel lines and thin edges. The kit offers 120 parts in grey plastic with 7 transparent parts for the canopy. Optional position canopies are also included.
The main dimensions are accurate but the cockpit detail is poor., There is almost no detail at the wheel wells, the rear fuselage section and the drop fuel tanks are undersized, the tail wheel is not accurate  and the  detail at the ETC bomb rack  is very poor. The propeller spinners are not accurate. Smaller parts such as the antennas and DF loop are out of scale. The kit provides two decal sheets which in today’s standards are need to be replaced.
The kit offers options to make the C3 and C4 versions or the D1\D2\D3 versions.
The kit also offers a number of extras including the dachhund belly 1200lt fuel tank, bombs, 300lt drop tanks, 900lt drop tanks, oil drop tank and boat tail.
With little extra work the Fujimi kit can transform into a nice replica of this aircraft, but it has been outclashed by the appearance of the Eduard kit.

I decided to build the Bf-110 D3 version. It was the long–range Zerströrer with the lengthened tail for the rescue small boat. It could carry either the two wing mounted drop fuel tanks of 300lt or the two 900lt. With the ETC bomb rack it could carry two 500kg bombs and the two fuel tanks of 300lt (imposible with the 900lt drop tanks).
I started as usual from the cockpit).  I painted the whole cockpit compartment including the seats with the RLM 02 (Gunze H-70. Using smoke grey (Gunze H-95),  I added some shadowing around the raised details. With the base color lightened with light grey I applied some highlights between the shadowed areas. I applied a gloss varnish (Gunze H-30) and I washed everything using enamel wash AK 066 from AK interactive. After a few hours, I sprayed mat varnish (Gunze H-20).  I painted with enamel colors, boxes, cables and switches. Ι drybrused everything using enamel light grey. Finally, I made some scratches using a silver pencil. I used the same technique at the wheel wells. For the seat belts, I used lead sheet and for the buckles I used copper wire.  I painted the belts with Humbrol 84 and the buckles with Humbrol 56.  For the instument panels and the cockpit side panels I used the dials from the kit’s decal sheet and from the spare box. Using a punch and die set to cut them I placed them into the right position, adding micro sol liquid. Later, with a drop of PVA glue I simulated the glass, covering them. I painted the radio set black using Gunze H-11. I drybrused the whole set with Humbrol 64. I painted the switches at the radio set with red, silver and grey enamel colours.
With RLM 02, I painted the interior of the radiator fairings. For the radiator grills I used silver enamel paint and I washed them with black wash from Flory Models.
I glued the wings together and after a few hours I glued them with the fuselage.
Happy with the result I masked the canopy using the mini mask set from Montex code SM 48154. I glued the canopy parts with PVA glue.
The upper surfaces were painted with RLM 79 (Gunze H-66), the underside and the sides of the fuselage were painted with RLM 78 (Gunze H-418). The engine cowlings and the rudders were painted with RLM 27 (Vaiiejo RAL 1006) and the fuselage band was painted white (Gunze H- 11). The two bombs and the propelers were painted with RLM 70 (Gunze -65). The tires were painted using Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black and weathered with MIG Pingments (Rubbel Dust P234).
The exhausts were painted with Dark Iron from Gunze and I drybrushed them with Humbrol 70 Brick Red. The exhaust stains were made with Smoke Grey (Gunze H-95).
Most of the decals came from the Eduards Bf-110. From Fujimi I used the code letters at the fuselage and the roosters at the model’s nose.
I wanted to create a fade and weathered finish so after painting the underside I sprayed the basic colour RLM 79. For the shading I sprayed Dark Earth (Gunze H-72)   heavily thinned along each panel line and random splotches. Next at the base colour I added 1-2 drops of Radome (Gunze-318), I use Radome after a friend’s suggestion, and I sprayed this thinned mix in a mottle pattern to achieve a faded appearance. At the end I sprayed a filter (a very thinned mix of the base colour) to blend in the differend shades.
A few hours of resting, and I continue the aging processing dipping a small part of spong into silver enamel paint, dapping off the excess.
I gently touched the components with the sponge. If the under colour is glossy and you do not like the result you could wipe off the paint. I used this tecnique especially at the areas the ground crews worked. The final wash was acrylic Black Dirt from Flory Models into the panel lines and to tone down the metal scrathes. The final varnish was flat enamel from Marabou.
I really enjoyed buildig this model. The Bf-110s from Eduard are amazing but if you already have  the old trusty Fujimi kit proceed with no fear.

The photos show an aircraft from 9\ZG 26 the place is North Africa and the year is 1941.



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