Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter|FROG F202

FROG F202 Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter

FROG 1964

FROG F202 Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter, Rovex Tri-ang, 1971-74

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Messerschmitt Bf110G-4d/R3
F202 1971-1974 G1(G) 140000 2xLW

Sold as Bf 110G-2/G-4.

New Aircraft Kit
ROVEX TRI-ANG (FROG) LTD. Messerschmitt Bf 110G. 1/72 Scale. Price (U.K.) 37p. (Sample supplied by G. W. Jones Bros, of Chiswick).

This kit, moulded in medium grey plastic, is neatly detailed and contains alternative parts to make up either a 110G-2 or G-4. Unfortunately it has a number of inaccuracies difficult to correct. The worst of these relates to the engine cowlings, particularly the upper panels. An exaggerated angle has been produced in the nacelles immediately above the wings' leading edge and the cowling dips sharply to the front instead of in a gentle curve. As a result the spinners are too small. The transparency for the long cockpit cover is produced clearly and in one piece.

The box art is very good and includes schemes for the standard 1944 nightfighter finish and a 110G-2 pressed into service on the Russian Front for daylight operations in 1943/4. Decals are for Major Schnaufer's 110G-4 of NJG 4 and alternatively for 5 Staffel/ll Gruppe NJG 200. Surprisingly swastika markings are included.

The IPMS magazine, JUNE 1971 Vol. 8 No. 6


The third of the recent releases from FROG is for a 1/72 scale kit of the Bf110G series twin-engined fighters. Two variants are possible with this kit, the Bf 110G-2, which was used on the Eastern Front in both the day and night-fighter roles and the alternative is for the famous Bf 110G-4 Night Fighter used in Defence of the Reich against the attacks by R.A.F. Bomber Command at night.

With two existing kits covering the earlier versions of this aircraft, one by AIRFIX and the other a really superb kit by MONOGRAM, it was a wise choice by FROG to select the Bf110G as their subject. However, there will certainly be much controversy centred around this kit, as the shape of the engine cowling looks to be somewhat inaccurate.

The 110G had a more streamlined cowling than did the earlier variants and a check against several well-known photographs of the G variant one could liken these to the cowlings as seen on the Bf 109G series of fighters, i.e. more rounded and with a larger spinner and hub than on the earlier 109s and 110s. However, the FROG kit was designed directly from the surviving Bf110G held by the RAF, thus one would have thought that the kit mouldings would have been as accurate as the pattern and tool makers could make them . . . yet in appearance they certainly do not look 'right', being too high above the wing upper surface at their highest point. Then instead of tapering over a gentle curved radius down to where the spinner is attached, the kit cowlings taper in an almost straight line along both the top and bottom of the cowlings and in side view look to be far to 'pinched' and undersized at the front. The spinners are obviously designed to fit the kit cowlings and thus these also appear to be too small in diameter and not sufficiently bulbous. As the difference in the shape of the engine cowlings was probably the most noticeable external difference between the earlier 110s and the Gs, it seems surprising that FROG should have made an error at this point in the kit design. Strangely, the other main difference between earlier 110s and the G has been moulded correctly; that being the fin and rudder of increased area of the G - which was of an overall larger size than that of the earlier 110s.

Apart from the curious shape of the engine cowlings, the only other feature of the kit which again requires comment is that the cockpit canopy is slightly too low and the windscreen complete with armoured glass front should have a shallower angle than that given the windscreen armoured glass, being too upright when compared to that on the full size machine. In plan view the kit canopy also tapers too much over its length.

On the credit side, the under-wing long-range tanks and anti-sway braces are superbly moulded, as is the engine exhaust system with their flash-hider fairings. Assembly is very straightforward and there are no unsightly gaps anywhere in the construction of the completed model. The radar array applicable to the G-4 version is, not surprisingly, over scale in thickness and section, but this is a question of tooling and moulding limitation, it being impossible to mould by the processes used today detail as fine as would be necessary for a true 1/72 scale representation of the original radar array aerials.

The decal s are comprehensive and include national markings, complete with the swastika markings for both machines, tying in with the box-art illustrations. The 110G-2 represents a machine of 5 Staffel/II Gruppe NJG 200, Eastern Front 1943 4, coded 8V-LN with five 'kill" markings for the rudder of this machine, while the alternative machine is in the markings of the top Luftwaffe night-fighter ace, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Kommodore of NJG4, November 1944 with 105 victories at that time. The rudder of this machine is stored at the Imperial War Museum, London, and reference was made to this to ensure accuracy of the kit decals. complete with 105 kill bars plus the Night Fighter arm 'Diving Eagle' motif, the aircraft being coded G9-AA.

Other decals include those for the red-cross marking on the first aid panel on the side of the fuselage of the aircraft plus the applicable dull red stencil markings.
Bob Jones.

Scale Models, September 1971

Model Enthusiast
Twin and twin-boom from Frog

Frog's companion release, the Messerschmitt Bf 110G, which, like the Vampire, is to l/72nd scale, is of generally good quality though far from faultless. It is accurate in outline, except for the engines which, in side elevation, present a distinctly odd 'peaked' profile. Fortunately, the correct shape is shown by the box art, and, although by no means easy, the necessary correction can be made by filing. What surface detail there is is fine, but the fuselage itself is devoid of detail, endowing the model with a somewhat naked look. On the other hand the detail of the minor parts, such as the exhausts, the radar aerials, and the undercarriage legs, is very well executed. The fit of the component parts is a good deal better than that of the Vampire, though care should be taken with the wing root joint as careless assembly will result in insufficient dihedral. The decal sheet provides the markings of a Bf 110G-6 flown by Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (one of only two Luftwaffe night fighter pilots to be awarded the Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds) while serving with NJG 4, and a Bf 110G-2 on the strength of NJG 200. At its UK price of 47 pence Frog's Bf 110G represents good value for money and is well worth buying.


Recent Kits
Three from Frog

IT is sincerely to be hoped that Lines Bros.' financial difficulties do not halt the flow of Frog kits as, evidenced by the three reviewed here, there are some fine-quality kits of interesting models expected from Frog. The Messerschmitt Bf 110G in l/72nd scale at 37p is highly detailed and finely moulded, the only real snag being the contours of the engines which the purist will want to correct. Transfers are given for two aircraft, including one of the night-fighter ace's aircraft, Maj. Schnaufer.
— John D.R. Rawlings.

Air Pictorial 1971-11

Modelling world
New Frog kits

Five new Frog kits are now available, the de Havilland Vampire FB5, Mcsscrschmitt Bf 110G, McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk, Dornier Do 17Z-2 and Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat 1. All are in 1/72 scale. Unfortunately, space will only permit me to review two of these this month — in order of being received from the manufacturer.

Another of Frog's recent releases is a kit of the Messerschmitt Bf 110G-2 and Bf 110G-4. This is an excellent choice of version as good kits of the Bf 100C variant already exist in 1/72 scale, by Airfix and Monogram. This first kit of the specialised night fighter variant of Messerschmitt's famous twin-engined fighter suffers from a number of inaccuracies in the outline — although fortunately none are sufficiently disastrous to spoil the finished model completely. As it is they prevent the model from being as good as it could have been. One of the worst aspects of the model lies in the moulding, which again is poor.

The nose is too symmetrical in side view, and too blunt. It also does not look long enough from the windscreen to the extreme nose, but this may be due to the windscreen armoured front panel being too deep. The shape of the Bfll0's nose is subtle, and strict attention has to be paid to getting the curves correct if it is to look right. Unfortunately, this Bfll0 just misses that correct shape, but if the massive aerial array is mounted around the nose these inaccuracies are not too apparent. The canopy tapers in plan view, which is not evident from photographs or any general arrangement drawings. The nacelle shape is not correct, having a peculiar hump on top. Certainly the Bfll0G did have bulges at a central point on the upper cowling, unlike earlier versions of Messerschmitt's twin-engined fighter, but they were not as depicted in the kit. These nacelles, look rather too tapered and it seems unlikely that there would be room for the DB 605B engine inside, especially in plan view. The shape of the spinners is also not blunt enough. The trailing edges of the wings are thick, and the aerial array looks clumsy, both the result of indifferent moulding. If one has the patience it is better to reconstruct the latter items from stretched sprue or to use the aerials from the Frog Heinkel He 219 kit.

The drop tanks and installation look very convincing, as do the engine exhaust flame-damper units. If a Bf 110G day fighter is being modelled the individual exhaust stubs are cut off the flame dampers and cemented on to the engines, twenty-four separate parts in all.

This model correctly retains the underfuselage bomb rack fairing and has the increased area rudders.

Despite all these criticisms the finished Frog Bf 110G is an eye-catching model, with sufficient external detail to distract from the shortcomings in overall accuracy.

Two versions are depicted on the splendid transfer sheet. One is the Bf 110G-4 night fighter flown by Major Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer the Kommodore of NJG 4, which carries 105 victory markings on the fin. The other is a Bf 110G-2 day fighter of 5 Staffel/11 Gruppe, NJG 200, a night-fighter unit using this aircraft for daylight operations. The cost of the Messerschmitt Bf 110G kit is 37p.
James Goulding

Aircraft Illustrated 1971-11

FROG 1964

FROG F202 Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter, Rovex models & hobbies; 1974-1977

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Messerschmitt Bf110G-4d/R3
F202 1974-1977 H(G) 55000 2xLW

Sold as Bf 110G-2/G-4.

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FROG 1964

Hasegawa JS-071:300 Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter, Hasegawa, 1974-1977
ハセガワ フロッグ メッサーシュミット Me-110G

Коробка Hasegawa JS-071:300 Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter, Hasegawa, 1974-1977
Messerschmitt Bf110G-4d/R3
JS-071 Messerschmitt Bf110G x 35000

Sold as Bf 110G-2/G-4.

Revell Messerschmitt Bf110G Night Fighter, 1977-1987

Revell (Great Britain) Ltd., Cranborne Road, Potters Bar. Hertfordshire, England EN6 3JX, 1977-80

H-95 Messerschmitt Bf110G

Once the most important Revell branch outside the USA, the Potters Bar factory was closed down at the end of 1980. However, the company still exists as a distributor of German-made kits.

In the final years, Revell (GB) produced - among other things - the former Frog kits listed below. The British and German Revell branches co-operated closely and it is therefore not surprising that most of their issues are very similar to each other. The Bf 110, Do 335 and Me410 did, however, have boxes and decals more like the US than the German issues.

It should also be noted that the Rufe (and possibly also one or two others) were sold in two different size boxes.

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

Revell Plastics GmbH., West Germany 1977-87

H-95 Messerschmitt Bf110G 1977
0095 Messerschmitt Bf110G 1981
4151 Messerschmitt Bf110G 1983

Since the closure of the British and Spanish branches, this is the only Revell production plant left in Europe. It is also handling all sales to Africa and the Middle East.

Together with Revell (GB), the German branch was the first to use the former Frog moulds. It is also the only one to have issued the kits in different box styles and under different kit numbers.

The first issues - except for the Fiat and Ar234, which used retouched photos of the actual models - all had the old Frog artwork and also decals similar to the Frog ones. The He 115 was an exception since no artwork or decals had been prepared for Frog. All kit numbers had an H-prefix.

In 1982, all kit numbers became computerized and the prefix was deleted; H-80 thus becoming 0080 etc. By this time, the Fiat and Rufe had already been dropped. Also, the Me 410 never went through this stage.

Beginning in 1983, the current system was introduced. In this, all aircraft kits get a number starting with 4. The Me 410 was first, followed by the Ta 152, Bf 110 and He 111 in 1984, the Do 335 in 1985 and the Ar234 and Do 17 in 1986. Remaining kits have been dropped, and the Me410 was also discontinued by 1986. In 1987, only the Ar234, He 111 and Bf 110 remained in production. The kits reissued 1983-1985 got completely new boxes while the 1986 ones remained more-or-less unchanged. The 1984—1985 reissues also sported the new Ceji-Revell logo.

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

Revell (US), Revell, Inc. 4223 Glencoe Avenue, Venice. CA 90291, USA, 1978-1980

H-95 Messerschmitt Bf 110G

Being the parent company of the Revell group, Revell, Inc. was formally the buyer of the nineteen Axis aircraft Frog moulds sold by Novo in 1977. Of the nineteen, only eleven have since been used to any extent since the remaining eight (Bf109F, FW I90A, He219A, Ju 87G, Me262A, M.C.202 and Zero) already had approximate counterparts in the Revell range. The eventual fate of these moulds is unclear: Revell (US) claiming that they were held by the German branch and Revell (Germany) being sure that they were in California!

After being purchased from Novo, the Frog moulds were first used in Europe and it was only a year or so later that some kits were released in the USA. For reasons unknown, only three out of the normal eleven-kit range were ever produced. The US issues had a different box style than that normally used elsewhere and also simpler decals giving only one choice of subject.

A curious detail is that the US issue of the Me410 has completely new clear parts compared to the first European releases. It is perhaps possible that the original mould for these was lost or damaged in transit.

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

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Kikoler/Revell H-96, Dornier Do335A, A. Kikoler Com. e Ind. de Plasticos S.A., Brazil 1979

A. Kikoler Com. e Ind. de Plasticos S.A., Rua Francisco Portela 175. Rio de Janeiro. RJ. Brazil
Period: 1979? to date?

Kikoler is one of the major Revell branches in the world and has, at one time or another, produced a high percentage of the Revell kits released over the last thirty years. This includes the normal assortment of ex-Frog kits. Recent economical problems have caused Kikoler to reduce their kit range and it is possible that the ex-Frogs are not presently in production. However, chances are that they will be reintroduced later on.

Packaging is similar to that used by Revell (GB), except for the Bf 110, Do 335 and Me410, which have boxes similar to those used in the USA (albeit larger).

H-95 Messerschmitt Bf 110G

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

Revell logo

Lodela/Revell H-96, Dornier Do335A, Plasticos Lodela S.A., Mexico 1979


Plasticos Lodela S.A., Berlin 34, Col. del Carmen, Coyoacan, Mexico 21, D.F., Mexico

Period: 1979? to date

Lodela was started in the 1950s to manufacture Revcll kits for the local market. In 1986 a number of Heller kits were added to the range, but until then the company handled only Revell kits. Like all other Revell companies, Lodela have also handled the ex-Frog kits. Even if only a few have been positively identified to date, it is probably safe to assume that the normal eleven-kit assortment has been produced at one time or another.

Packaging does seem to follow US practice for some kits, European practice for others and a unique Mexican standard for the rest. It is not impossible that certain kits have been issued with more than one style of box. Numbering follows usual Revell standard. However, in 1985 an R was added to the kit numbers on all lists and catalogues. So far, only the Ta 152H has actually appeared with this on the box, but others may follow in due course.

Incidentally, Lodela took its name from the founder and present manager, Sr. Apolo Lopez de Lara.

* H-95 Messerschmitt Bf110G

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

Revell logo

Congost/Revell 96, Dornier Do335A, Luis Congost, S.A., Spain 1980

Luis Congost, S.A., Travesia Industrial 247. L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Period: 1980?-1983?

One of several Revell subsidiaries to use the former Frog moulds, Congost is unusual in that they are believed to have used two of the moulds not used by Revell elsewhere, namely the FW 190A and Bf 109F. The kit numbers for these two were presumably allocated locally. All other numbers were the same as used by Revell in other countries but lacked the usual H-prefix.

Artwork etc. was similar to that used in Germany but Congost in some cases provided new decal sheets; e.g. the He 115 came with a selection of Luftwaffe, RAF and Norwegian markings.

Congost is no longer involved with Revell, the Spanish market now coming under the German factory.

95Messerschmitt Bf 110G

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

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