Revell 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 410 B-6/R-2……and its canopy from H.E. double hockey sticks!

Ok, so maybe the canopy isn’t that bad, but it is a pain and I think over the years it has got worse….much worse! This is the anti shipping version of this aircraft and was so successful that the Luftwaffe built thousands of them…..well maybe only 2 or 3, OK so I exaggerated a bit. This kit still goes together well as I had very few fit issues and you get some nice P/E in this boxing. (I think this is the 5th or 6th boxing of this kit originally issued in 1997….WOW is this thing OLD!)Photo etch.IMG_4937Gunners tub.Finished cockpit.As you can see the cockpit has a pretty good bit of detail but that pre-painted P/E is just plain ugly. I’m not sure why they put that pebbly(is that a word?)finish on it but it ruins the look. The canopy is still the big problem with this kit and took me a great bit of time, much cussing and many sighs before getting it to sit ALMOST right.IMG_5044IMG_5041IMG_5040I decided to do a fictional scheme on this kit loosely based on NSG 9 and KG 77 aircraft. I used Testors Acrylics for the RLM 74, 75 & 76 and Tamiya Dark Yellow for the meander pattern. I thought would look pretty cool and was not disappointed.Right side.Left side.The radar array is very small and very fragile and was a total pain in my neck….really, I got a cramp while trying to place this onRadar masts.Radar array installed. and after placing it the clear piece on the nose had an argument with the fuselage piece and are now separated….sigh. (domestic arguments are always a pain!) One issue you may have with this boxing is if your an accuracy modeler due to the fact that you have the radar array but no radar console/screen/set for the cockpit….and if you find a picture of it SEND ME A COPY! For the price you really can’t beat this kit as it’s less expensive than the Meng kit and even without the P/E there is still  pretty good detail. I hope Hobby Lobby gets some in as I would like to do a Zerstorer or maybe even do the conversion to the 210 with Hungarian markings…now THAT would be cool!

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