Messerschmitt Bf-110

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2 or 3
2 x DB601 V-12
1,100 h.p. each
40 ft. 6 in.
53 ft. 4 in.
5 x 7.92 mm
2 x 20 mm
280 mph
350 mph
2,200 fpm
35,000 feet
1,500 miles


Messerschmitt Bf-110

The Messerschmitt Bf-110 was originally deployed as a heavy long range escort fighter during the early part of World War II. As Allied fighters improved, it was no longer effect in its mission.  It then assumed the role of a fighter/bomber and was successful against enemy troops and armor when used in support of ground operations. Eventually the aircraft was used as a night fighter.

Although it had an excellent dive speed, the twin engine Messerschmitt Bf-110 was not as maneuverable as many single engine aircraft. It was employed as a bomber escort where it used its heavy fire power and long range as an asset. However, it soon became apparent that the Bf-110 was no match for modern Allied fighter aircraft.

The size of the aircraft made it capable of accepting the heavy radar of the time for use as a night fighter, where it met with success.

One night fighter version was equipped with 20 mm cannons which fired upward. That enabled the aircraft to intercept enemy aircraft and attack them from below, while in level flight.

Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, a Messerschmitt Bf-110 pilot, claimed 121 night victories in the aircraft.

A common tactic of the Messershmitt Bf-110, when used as a day interceptor, was to dive on opposing aircraft trying to score hits with heavy cannons, then breaking off pursuit to avoid retaliatory strikes. However, it did not fare well when Allied bombers were escorted by fighter aircraft.

A total of approximately 6,100 Messerschmitt Bf-110 aircraft of all types were built from 1936 through the end of the war.

Messerschmitt Bf-110

RC Messerschmitt Bf-110

The Savex GFK Modell RC Messerschmitt Bf-110 has a wingspan of 57 in. and a length of 41 in. You can power it with Speed 400 to Speed 600 type motors,

The RC Messerschmitt Bf-110 from Don Smith Plans has a wingspan of 118 in. and a length of 87 in.

The Kondor Model Products (KMP) RC Messerschmitt Bf-110 wingspan is 95 in. and weight is around 17 lbs. It will accept .91 four stroke engines or motors of similar power. The fuselage is fiberglass and the wings and tail are built up balsa. The complete model is painted with the decals pre-applied. After decal application there is another flat top coat over the entire model to protect the finish and fuel proof. There are no optional glass wings, however the wings could be glassed as a few people have done. The paint finish is so nice that doing so would really be hard to replicate again. From two feet away one could not tell the difference between the finishes, its so nice out of the box. The KMP RC Messerschmitt Bf-110 has been featured on the front cover of Fly RC magazine and there was a complete review done on the airplane in the same issue. It was electrified with great overall flying characteristics. Both slow and high speed performance was exceptional. The retract system is complete with the air lines, fittings quick disconnects etc. Also featured and included are real rubber tires with aluminum two pieces hubs and same tail wheel. Oleo struts and beautifully finished and operating Air/Air pneumatic gear system is included as well.

Wowplanes has a 65 in. wingspan RC Messerschmitt Bf-110. It is a foamy that is 47 in. long and weighs around 5 3/4 lbs. It will accept engine or motor power.

The RC Messerschmitt Bf-110 from Easy Tiger Models is an ARF that has a 71 in. wingspan, retractable landing gear, with a fiberglass fuse and built up wings. Engines can be from .32 to .56 2C or the motor equivalent.


2 thoughts on “Messerschmitt Bf-110”

  1. According to Tom Cleaver of Modeling Madness, the Messerschmitt Bf-110 was one of the first night fighter aircraft not to use an all black paint scheme, but rather a lighter color pattern. That way the aircraft was not as easy to see in a moonlit sky.

  2. Thank you, Ron. We’ve heard of night fighter aircraft painted a dull black or dull dark grey so as not to appear darker than the sky. You mention lighter colors and that may be what was meant by not using an all black paint scheme. Although the lighter colors may make the Bf-110 harder to see by moon light, wouldn’t the light colors make it easier to see from reflected ground lights in a dark sky? Anyone with more information about this, please join the discussion.

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