Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1815 BF 110E-2 Trop 3U+OR, 7./ZG 26, Libya 1942

When performing the task of escort and air superiority that they were originally designed for the Bf-110 Zerstorers “Destroyers” were very good against Poland and the Scandinavian countries early in WWII. But once they were put into this role during the Battle of Britain and came up losses. They were withdrawn from this and found their calling as night fighters that inflicted large losses on the British bombers that were un-escorted.

Early in 1941 7./ZG 26 was posted in Sicily to protect supplies being transported from Italy to North Africa. They were also there to destroy any Allied aircraft or shipping in the region. In late 1941 7./ZG 26 was transferred to Derna, Libya to join the rest of III Gruppe that were trying to defeat the Allied offensive “Operation Crusader”. Aircraft used in North Africa were painted a sand color on the top portion with national insignias, fuselage codes, white fuselage bands and white-tipped propeller spinners.

Specifications Messerschmitt Bf-110E
Role - Designed as a fighter bomber
Number Built – 865
Crew – 2
Wingspan – 53 ft 3 in (16.25 m)
Length – 39 ft 7 in (12.07 m)
Height – 13 ft 6 in (4.13 m)
Powerplants – 2 x DB 601P 1,175 hp
Maximum – 350 mph (562 km/h
Cruise – 217 mph (350 km/h)
Landing – 93 mph (150 km/h)
Maximum Rate Of Climb – 2,150 ft/min (11 m/s)
Service Ceiling – 32,000 ft (9,753 m)
Range – 680 miles (1,095 km)
Empty – 10,771 lb (4,885 kg)
Maximum – 15,269 lb (6,925 kg)
4 x MG17
2 x MG FF
1 x MG15
Maximum 2,204.6 lb (1,000 kg) of bombs under the fuselage
4 x SC 50 or SC 70 bombs under the wings