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Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse

Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2020 Title Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse
Author Richard A Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2020 ISBN 978-0-9957773-4-7
Format 162 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £19.95

Review

Sleek and advanced, Messerschmitt’s Me 210 & 410 sported heavy offensive armament, remotely controlled defensive weapons, and provision for bombing.

Intended as successors to the company’s legendary Bf 110 series, the problem-plagued designs ultimately proved unsuccessful in virtually every intended role.

Now the luckless Luftwaffe legends get full Valiant Wings treatment in The Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse (inc. Me 210 & Me 310) – A Detailed Guide to the Last Zerstörer – 16th in the publisher’s terrific “Airframe Album” range.

After a handy glossary and history, author Richard A. Franks scrutinizes:

  • technical description
  • prototype, production and projected variants
  • camouflage & markings

The lavishly illustrated, 162-page monograph sports hundreds of drawings, tech-manual excerpts, and color & B&W photos. Richard J. Caruana’s coruscating color plates survey the sumptuous swath of Hornisse livery. And coverage contains a complete stencil suite with locations in a full-page, 1:48-scale multi-view.

Seeking even more project inspiration? Contents also include a beautiful build of Meng’s 1:48-scale Me 410B-2/U4 by Steve A. Evans. And three appendices complete coverage:

  • Kits
  • Decals & Masks
  • Bibliography

Santa came early this year with this superb study. Make it your “one-volume” library on Messerschmitt’s Me 210 & 410.

With thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the review copy.