2 in stock
2 in stock
Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1813: Messerschmitt Bf 110E G9+JM of 4./NJG1, Luftwaffe, St Trond, France, Operation Donnerkuil, February 1942. Production run of only 700 models.
Length 7.25 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches
In early 1942 Germany had two battleships and a cruiser docked at Brest France that posed a threat to British shipping. The British Navy set up a blockade in an effort to contain them. Adolf Gallant sent aircraft to St. Trond, Belgium in preparation for Unternehmen Donnerkeil (Operation Thunderbolt), this would provide air cover for Unternehmen Zerberus (Operation Cerberus), the surprise dash the German ships made for home on February 11, 1942. The German ships caught the British off guard and two days later they were home.
Designed to meet a Luftwaffe requirement for a long range, multipurpose fighter, the Bf-110 was first flown on May 12th, 1936. Fast and well-armed, the Bf-110 lacked maneuverability—a flaw that became glaringly obvious during the battle of Britain, when Bf-110s suffered heavy losses and were withdrawn from battle. Redesigned Bf-110s were equipped with radar and enjoyed great success as night fighters, eventually becoming the Luftwaffe’s primary aircraft in that role. Most of Germany’s night fighter aces flew the Bf-110 at least once, and some of them—including top German night fighter ace Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer—flew it exclusively.