The Messerschmitt Me210 was designed as a 2 seat heavy fighter to replace the Bf110. It had two unique features, the first being a small bomb bay under the forward cockpit that could take up to 2 SC 250 or SC 500 bombs, the second feature was the defensive 13mm machine guns that were housed in remotely controlled barbettes on each side of the rear fuselage. The Me210 was not a success with major stability and handling problems.
The Me 410 was a revised version of the 210 that cured the 210's main problems. It had a lengthened fuselage, modified wings and leading edge slats which cured the handling problems, and the 410 also was fitted with the more powerful DB603 engines. The standard fixed armament was 2 MG151 20mm cannons and 2 MG 17 7.92mm machine guns in the nose, as well as the defensive guns. The bomb bay could also house further weapons in place of bombs, the most common of which would be another 2 MG151's but it could also take a BK5 50mm gun for shooting down bombers. Some also carried an additional 2 MG151's in a belly pack or a pair of Mk108 30mm cannons in the belly pack. It also had wing bomb racks that could take up to 4 SC 50 bombs or Granaten Werfers.
The Me 410 with the extra heavy weapons made a formidable bomber destroyer but like the earlier Bf110 it was no match for single seat fighters in air combat. The subject of this kit is the Me410B-2/U2/R4 heavy fighter version with a twin 20mm cannon pod in the bomb bay and another one under the belly, giving a total of six 20mm cannons in the nose!. The B series differed from the A series by way of slightly more powerful engines
Meng Models are a brand new Chinese kit manufacturer, who first appeared in Europe at the IPMS UK National show at Telford 2012. They displayed several new kits in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35, all of which looked to be of excellent quality with fine detail. This particular kit looks well detailed and well engineered and comes with a small set of photo etch metal parts, including seatbelts and grills.
There are markings for 3 different Luftwaffe Me410B-2/U2/R4's.