Messerschmitt Me410

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These photos were taken by Robert N. Abbott Jr , Brian Cauchi, Graham Newitt, Mick Shipperley and Dave Wadman.

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Photos directly below were taken of the Me-410 in the Garber Restoration Facility (National air and space museum) in Washington D.C.......as it is waiting to be
restored.  These are the pictures I took of it in 1998/1999.

The 3 photos directly below were taken by Robert N. Abbott Jr

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The 32 photos directly below were taken by Dave Wadman of Experten Decals (makers of top quality highly researched WW2 Luftwaffe decals) and Graham Newitt and Mick Shipperley of one of the only two Me 410's in existence.  This plane is on display at Cosford, in the UK.  By the way....the gun barrels w/flash eliminators are fakes.

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This black & white photo of Cosford's Me 410 was taken circa 1978 when displayed in the open outside of the RAF Museum at Hendon.  In this view it can be seen that the propeller blades are in their original condition and do not have the 2-3 inches cut from the tips as they do now.  (Although I'm pretty certain of where & when this photo was taken, if anyone can add any more positive information, please pass it on to Steve Bamford of ARC, so that the caption can be revised accordingly Thanks Dave W.)
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In this photo, taken at  R.A.F.  Cosford it can be seen that the aircraft has been repainted and the emblem of ZG 26 'Horst Wessel' has been added to the nose.  It can also be seen that some 2-3 inches have now been sawn off of the tip of each propeller blade as visible on the blade at top right.
A second but lower view of the nose of the 410 showing the nose bomb-bay doors and lower nose glazing.  Also seen here is a rear view of Mick gazing intently at the leading edge of the inner section of the port wing.

 

A head-on view of Cosford's Me 410 showing the openings for the forward firing weapons and the nose glazing.
 
View of the lower cowling of the port engine showing the lack of the bulge that is evident on the starboard engine. 
View of the inboard exhaust stubs of the starboard engine and the shroud mounted above. 
A general view of the inboard side of the starboard engine nacelle showing the exhaust stubs, radiator and supercharger intake.  The bulge on the lower cowling is not repeated on the lower cowling of the port engine.

 

Close up of the tip of one of the propeller blades on the starboard engine showing how two or three inches have been sawn off.  When asked, no-one seemed to know the reason for this!
General view of the port rear canopy section showing how the canopy bulges out at this point. 
Looking down into the cockpit showing the seat, seat thigh rests, control column and the starboard console and instrument panel.
View of the canopy centre section support structure with the ammunition storage bins just visible in the lower left-hand corner.

 

The area immediately between the pilot and gunner/observer showing the internal support framing and ammunition storage area.  The small window at bottom left is for loading the 20 mm ammunition belts into the ammunition storage section.  There is another, smaller window forward and slightly above this to allow the MG 17 ammunition to be fed into its bin.
The opening section of the rear canopy over the gunner/observer's position showing the interior framing and telescopic latch on the forward framework to hold it in the open position.
 
Looking directly down on to the pilot's seat showing the headrest and, just above it, the latch to hold the hinged pilots section of the canopy open. 
Looking down into the gunner/observer's position showing what remains of the radio and electrical equipment.

 

A general view of the rear cockpit focusing mainly on the controls for the rearward firing FDSL-B barbettes.  The large instrument in the lower centre of the photo is the Patin repeater compass.
Two views of the rear opening of the port wing mounted radiator illustrating the rear face of the radiator core and the radiator flap actuating mechanism.  The rear area of the starboard radiator is a 'mirror image' of the port side.
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Two views showing the retractable crew step located beneathe the post wing root fairing.  Also seen in this view are the ejector slots for both of the rearward firing barbettes. 
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View of the lower port side of the fin showing the fairings at the base, the elevator root fairing and tailwheel undercarriage door.
The rudder trim tab actuating arm located at base of the fin port side.  The red painted bracket is a lock to prevent movement of the rudder. 

 

View of the port side of the tailwheel strut and door.
 
View of the starboard side of the fin and rudder.  Behind this can be seen the Me 163.
View along the top surface of the starboard elevator showing the trim taab and its actuating arm.
Taken in 1992, these two shots show the starboard 13mm MG 131 aft-firing FDSL Barbette.
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Looking forward in the port maingear well of the Cosford 410, slightly rusty in places but mostly complete.
Moving back, this is the view of the port wheel well and part of the door actuating mechanism. 
 
Outboard view of the starboard main undercarriage leg and wheel.  The red painted brackets are clamps to prevent the oleo and undercarriage lock arm from collapsing.
Inboard view of the starboard main wheel.  Note how the brake line exits the centre of the axle to connect to the brake backplate.
 

 


The 8 photos directly below were taken by Brian Cauchi of one of the only two Me 410's in existence.  This plane is on display at Cosford, in the UK.

 

If you feel there is a need for descriptions for this walk around, then feel free to type them up and quote the photo numbers above and forward the descriptions to Steve Bamford, so they can be put up into this walkaround.  We could really use our viewers help with this.  An expert on this aircraft could write much better descriptions than we could.