The Revell of Germany BF110 G-4 night fighter kit in 1/32nd scale has been around for at least 20 years, and lives on at swap meets or on the Internet where it is often available for around $25. The kit has some advantagesó including being the only option in that scale!ó but is woefully inadequate in detailing and accuracy. If you do plan on building it, expect to put in some hours scribing the raised panel lines and adding proper detailing, unless you just want a big version of this aircraft OOB (youíll need decals, too, with Peddinghaus your only option). The kitís cockpit is barely a suggestion of the real thing, and so one is forced to look for AM upgrades or build your own. While there are numerous AM options in other scales (especially 1/48th), the only two choices at this size are Jerry Rutmanís OOP resin upgrade (still available here for about the same price, but needing lots of work to make it fit) and Eduardís PE set.
Eduard's usual clear flat plastic envelope contains 2 frets of PE brass, a sheet of acetate printed with instrument dials, and 2 pages of instructions. The detailing includes rudder pedals with their leather straps, bountiful avionics, 2 crew seats, seatbelts, twin barrels for the cockpit-moounted MG along with its collar and sights, and grab handles for the radar operator's station (but curiously, not for the pilot). Eduardís record with upgrades is mixed, and this kit is no different: several of the electronic units are simply fanciful and donít correspond to anything on the only surviving example of this aircraft currently housed at the UKís RAF Museum, and beautifully photographed in the Osprey Publications volume [i]Messerschmitt BF 110G-4 Walk Around[/i]. The seat for the radar operator and rear gunner is wrong, as is the ammunition case for the rear-mounted cockpit MG. The ammo boxes for the 2cm cannons mounted in the belly of the fuselage are missing.
The standout elements are a superb instrument panel that is improved by backing it and its acetate dials with a bit of white plastic, the radar avionics (though incomplete for the FuG 218 array) and the instrument packages ďboltedĒ to the canopy interior. The price is also quite nice, much less than the PE upgrades for the recently-released DML BF 100C.
Iím not sure how Eduard went wrong with this upgradeó did they not have access to photos from the RAF Museum's aircraft, or did they just cut corners or work from other variants? Itís unlikely theyíll fix the problems with the set now. Iím actually happy they havenít dropped the kit from their inventory as they have with numerous armor sets recently. In any case, itís a good starting point if you have decent scratch-building skills, or just want something approximate under the greenhouse-sized canopy on this plane. A better solution for accuracy is the resin cockpit set from Jerry Rutman, though that requires extensive trimming of the model and the upgrade components to make them fit.
Highs: Nice detailing, extensive PE, good instructions, decent price (compared to upgrades for DML Lows: Wrong details.Verdict: A good point of departure for the scratch-builder or for modelers wanting a partial solution to the kitís detailing problems.