Products Code: FL1055
The Bristol Beaufighter and the
are electric powered. Under normal circumstances twins are avoided because
of the problems of asymmetric thrust if one engine stops. With electric
motors this does not happen so safe control is assured at all times. In the
early days of electric flight power to weight ratio was low and
some models tended to
wallow around looking most unconvincing. We were determined that this should
not be the case with our own designs and the Beaufighter and the
Messerschmitt look highly purposeful in flight. They are fast and they sit
in the air like their full size equivalents.
Aviation Modeller International May 1999 UK
RC Scale International. July/September 2002 UK
The long-range multi-seat escort fighter has always presented an extremely
difficult design task. Even by the end of WWII the problem was not solved entirely
Willy Messerschmitt however made a creditable attempt with the Bf110, resulting in a machine at that time faster than the Bf109 and similar in speed to the Hawker Hurricane, (end of 1936).
The Bf110 was also tried as a bomber and a night fighter, the latter being its more successful role.
But it must be said that long range, speed, and manoeuvrability, are not mutually compatible and the Bf110 never was more than a maid of all work.
Our model, although not totally true scale, captures the menacing qualities of the Bf110 and will be found to be quite exciting to fly.
Try a dog fight with its British counterpart the Beaufighter.
The construction of the ME110 is conventional comprising a built up wing and fuselage. Mouldings are supplied for the nacelles, cockpit and nose cone.
As with all electric powered models weight is extremely important. The weight of batteries, motors, speed controllers and radio gear is fixed to a large degree and cannot be reduced. We flew the model at an all up weight of 2.3 kg (5lb) using standard servos and 2 off 7 cell 1800mAHr battery packs. Its performance and duration was extremely good; it flew like a fighter.
You could save some weight with miniature servos and 7 cell battery packs made from smaller cells but do remember to build light. We have designed the structure as light as we think practical; dont be tempted to add weighty extras.
A full hardware pack is supplied to complete the structure, including power cable for the motors.
A twin power pack comprising speed controller, wiring, plugs/sockets, motors, props and prop adaptors is available separately.
General Construction Notes:
This is not a beginners model but if you have some experience you should find it straightforward to build. We hope that the time we have spent preparing the instructions and diagrams will make construction a pleasure and produce a model of which you can be proud.
Covering and Finishing.
This model should be covered with tissue and dope ideally although heat shrink film can be used. Do not use heat shrink fabric.
If you use tissue first fill any small dents with a lightweight filler and sand smooth, (Flair Red Devil is ideal); then apply a coat of 50:50 dope/thinners to the bare structure and sand gently to remove nibs. Use non shrinking dope; this eliminates distortion of the structure.
Apply damp tissue with 50:50 dope/thinners and sand very lightly afterwards. Apply a final coat of thinned dope before applying your colour scheme. Remember not to add too much paint.
Our model was finished in Flair Spectrum paints, matt light grey underneath and matt dark earth on top. The top was then mottled with a 50:50 mixture of the dark earth and matt yellow. The matt yellow was also used for the rudders and engine nacelles.
Should you have the misfortune to damage your model or lose parts we can offer a spares back up for many items. Die cut panels, (complete panels only), mouldings and hardware can be supplied but it is not practical for us to offer strip and sheet wood for example. Please when requesting replacements bear two things in mind. Firstly, tell us the part number and in the case of die cut liteply the panel letter. Secondly, think whether it is practical to post the item without it getting broken, sometimes it is necessary to send another item from Flairs range to strengthen the package. (A Fokker D7 kit usually stiffens the package very nicely for example!)
The Power System.
This model has been designed for twin speed 600 size motors.
Use 8x4 Slimprops on this model.
Balancing and Control Set Up.
It is crucial to balance the model correctly. With the model fully assembled in its ready for flight state support it on your fingers at 120 to 126 mm (4.7" to 5") from the wing centre leading edge. The model should balance slightly nose down, (about 3 degrees), in a gliding attitude.
Move the rear battery forward or back to achieve this. This should be all you need to do but if further adjustment is necessary move the elevator servo and or receiver. Our model utilised BEC circuitry and therefore had no receiver batteries; if you use these then they will give you further scope for adjustment. As an absolute last resort correct the CG position with lead installed at the furthest point forward or back that you can get it.
Set the control throws to:
Ailerons: +/- 9 mm
Elevators +/- 9 mm
If you do not get exactly these figures do not worry; try to get within 3 mm (1/8").
The Messerschmitt 110 flies very smoothly and those with previous experience of aileron models will have no difficulty whatsoever. Get someone to launch the model for you until you are fully familiar with it. It should be given a good running push into wind and should leave the launchers hand horizontal. Let the model gain some speed by flying level for a few seconds and then climb out.
Landing is simple, just pick a smooth patch of grass and flair out onto it.