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AMO-7215 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109Z German WW2 Heavy Hunting fighter model kit

AMOdel AMO-7215 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109Z German WW2 Heavy Hunting fighter model kit
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AMO-7215 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109Z German WW2 Heavy Hunting fighter model kit

Despite the vast number of Messerschmitt 109 kits produced since the beginning of recorded time, I cannot recall one in injection moulding of the twin-fuselage 109Z, though I know it's appeared in resin both as a conversion and as a full model, and I was therefore pleased to add this example to my considerable number of models of German wartime and '1946' projects.
Based on standard 109G mouldings, this comes with an additional centre section, twice the usual undercarriage and a solid cover for the starboard cockpit area, and in keeping with the type's projected Jagdbomber role has a pair of underwing gondolas for the cannon and an SC250 bomb and carrier to mount under the centre section.
The rather soft white mouldings are of adequate quality with a little flash, and with careful trimming fit reasonably well. The cockpit has a floor, panel, stick and seat and the exhausts need to be positioned inside the fuselage halves before assembly; I should leave the tailwheels out at this stage. The whole lower wing including the centre section is in one piece, and I fitted this to the completed fuselages first, followed by the three upper wing sections and the tailplane while there was still some flexibility in the adhesive, in case a little twisting and holding fast was needed to get the geometry right.
Once this is assured, the four-leg main undercarriage can be added, and with those legs splayed at the right angles so that all four wheels touch the ground the tail-wheels can be fitted with a similar aim. As the fuselage mouldings are those of a standard 109 kit, the attachment slots for the tailplane on the outside of each body need to be filled and sanded down, and I also needed a little filler on the upper nose sections.
I used the suggested colour scheme of RLM 71/74/76, but I was surprised to find no four letter factory code on the otherwise very comprehensive decal sheet until a little further reading - in this case of the old but still good 'Augsburg Eagle' by William Green -revealed that the prototype had been destroyed in the factory by Allied bombing before it was ready to fly; I had been convinced that it had flown. The decals include swastikas, and a considerable amount of stencilling; they are a little thin, and the 'wing-walk' markings in particular need care in application but the very matt carrier film, evident against the gloss Xtracolor, virtually disappeared under the coat of Aeromaster acrylic flat.
While the kit needs a little work for a real showcase model, it fits well in to the shelf full of 109s that most of us have made at some time in our modelling lives; or for real double-takes, try it next to a Twin Mustang.
Mike McEvoy.