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 major change between the Me 210 and 410 was the introduction of the larger (at 44.5 litre, 2,715 in3 displacement) and more powerful Daimler-Benz DB 603A engines, which increased power to 1,750 PS (1,730 hp, 1,290 kW) compared to the 1,475 PS DB 605s
used on the Me 210C - the interim Me 310 design experiment actually
used the DB 603 powerplant choice first. The engine performance
increased the Me 410's maximum speed to 625 km/h (388 mph), greatly
improved rate of climb,
service ceiling, and most notably the cruising speed, which jumped to
579 km/h (360 mph). It also improved payload capability to the point
where the aircraft could lift more war load than could fit into the bomb bay
under the nose. To address this, shackles were added under the wings
for four 50 kg (110 lb) bombs. The changes added an extra 680 kg
(1,500 lb) to the Me 210 design, but the extra engine power more than
made up for the difference.
More: Wikipedia.org Messerschmitt Me-410
This kit was originaly released in 1998 by Monogram and I was really impressed by the levell of detail. The cockpit is lovely made and in my opinion there is no need for aftermarked parts. I only would add photoetched seatbelts. Two pilots are provided, but only one sitting. The clearparts look a bit tricky.
A lot of nicly made gun barrels give you some options in arming this fighter. But not all options are mentioned in the instruction sheet. There are three marking options and the decals are very good printed. Over all this looks like a nice, straight forward build.