1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Messerschmitt Me 210 German Heavy Fighter Bomber – Length: 6.25" Wingspan: 9”
This model is a does not include a pilot/crew figures. The canopy is glued shut. It does includes a detailed landing gear which is optional. However, it does not include the wheel well covers so if one does not install the landing gear to give it the appearance of inflight configuration, the wheel wells will just be empty (not covered). There is a stand included.
Two antennas are visible, the one at the underside is already attached and permanent, one needs to give special attention not to break it when configuring the landing gear. Also the landing gear if snap/friction fit, so if it feels lose to you, a tiny drop of glue will not hurt to help it keep it in place and assuring the plane does not rest on the antenna. The antenna on the cockpit comes separately and needs to be attached. Again, a tiny drop of glue will not hurt to help keep it in place.
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well. Unlike bigger models, there is nothing to assemble for these models. All weapons and fuel tanks are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal with plastic parts and somewhat heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 9.5 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
The Messerschmitt Me 210 was a German heavy fighter and ground-attack aircraft of World War II. The Me 210 was designed to replace the Bf 110; design started before the opening of World War II. The first examples of the Me 210 were ready in 1939, but they proved to have unacceptably poor flight characteristics from serious wing planform and fuselage design flaws. A large-scale operational testing program throughout 1941 and early 1942 did not cure the aircraft's problems. The design entered limited service in 1943, but was almost immediately replaced by the Messerschmitt Me 410Hornisse ("Hornet"). The Me 410 was a further development of the Me 210, renamed so as to avoid the 210's notoriety. The failure of the Me 210's development program meant that the Luftwaffe was forced to continue fielding the outdated Bf 110, despite mounting losses.