Heinkel He219 A-7 UHU Tamiya 1/48

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HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING
Tamiya’s He 219 A -7 UFU kit was released more than 20 years ago. It has a reputation for being pretty good, and that’s why no other company has probably released a model of the same scale. Does it mean the quality is so high that it is unnecessary to do?

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING
I’m assembling a cockpit. There are two seats, and the layout is back-to-back. The seat in the back seems to have a role in operating some amazing machines. There was a crew on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine patrol aircraft, and they operated many complicated machines except for pilots.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING
Includes two pilot figures. Does a propeller plane fly at a high altitude? Maybe it’s because of the last days of World War II, something like an oxygen mask tube is molded. They are in the same mold. I will not use it in this work. It’s a good idea to keep it. I might want a pilot on board while building an overseas kit.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING
When I opened the kit, I suddenly saw a package like this. The metal part is somewhat impressive.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING
It’s about 33 centimeters long. It will be about 40 centimeters with the front and back antennas.
(2021/01/15)

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING The left and right wings were assembled before the fuselage.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING The cockpit fits well with metal and plastic parts.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING I thought it was twin-engine and had a lot of exhaust holes on both sides. I wonder if the engine exhaust hole is not open, which is not suitable for Tamiya… It’s a pain to open it all by myself.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING It’s called a flash hider, and all mufflers are covered with round tubes to hide the light from the exhaust during the flight. In this case, I don’t have to be too concerned about the mold of the exhaust hole.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGBefore blowing the first internal color of the fuselage with an airbrush, I assembled it to this point.
(2021/01/17)

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGI have added a seat belt that I got separately.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGThe operator’s seat in the back seat might not need a seat belt from the shoulder. It has been glued and painted, so this time it is OK.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGThat’s amazing. The cockpit parts are metal and heavy, so the balance is tilted to the nose side. That’s a good idea. At that time, was Tamiya leaning toward the die-cast chassis with 1/48 tanks? I’m not interested in 1/48 AFV, but it’s good that it’s heavy.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGIt is designed to pass a thick plastic pipe to the body before the main wing is bonded. Of course, as the structure of the kit. It is good that it adhered firmly and strongly.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 MAKING
The German military twin-engine plane is pretty cool! The body is thin and looks smart. I’ve known this for a long time.
(2021/01/22)

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGI am doing detailed masking work. It is a little tricky because of the delicate curves.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGIt has only the fuselage under the wings or the side of the fuselage behind the wings. The front and rear antennas, the canopy, the upper and lower protrusions, and the Pitot tube are all attached. From now on, I will be cautious when I start painting.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe fragile antenna is as sturdy as possible with superglue and regular plastic glue. I think it won’t break unless I accidentally hit my hand.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGWhy? Is there a full-size painting guide like this? Cut it out and use it for camouflage paint? No way. I think the painting illustration on the back of the assembly manual is enough.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThere were several other small spots that I forgot to mask.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe underside of the fuselage is semi-gloss black. I will adjust the gloss later, so I painted it black.
(2021/01/24)

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe masking work is quite troublesome. In the case of this aircraft, it would have been easier to paint the upper surface first and mask it. But painting the underside of the body is the first step for many years.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGBecause it is a Tamiya kit, the number is only Tamiya color, but for the camouflage paint part, I used Creos 117 RLM76 light blue base and Creos 37 RLM75 gray violet mottling paint. By the way, the propeller blade is Creos 18 RLM70 black-green.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGOne year and a few months ago, my air compressor APC-007B Silent II was utterly broken, so I replaced it with the APC-002D, and I don’t have much trouble with the usual painting. Still, I feel that the power is insufficient for a large twin-engine with this mottling painting. There is no problem with the air discharge power. Instead, the compressor runs long, so the body gets very hot. Its rated running limit is 30 minutes, but I keep using it. I hate the possibility that the life of the compressor is getting shorter. Now that I think about it, I should have bought something with more power and a larger tank capacity.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGI failed some parts, but I wonder if this is OK. As a result of trial and error, in the case of fine blowing with an airbrush, only a retarder is added to the Mr. Color paint, and it is often blown with solid pressure. It is easy to control if the paint is thin, but I must blow the same part of it many times. Maybe it depends on each person because they have different skills and tastes.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe number of decals is small. It will finish sticking pretty quickly.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGSince it is a night fighter plane and a reconnaissance plane, the underside of the plane is black, so I tried to insert the panel line in light gray.
(2021/01/26)

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKAfter finishing the complex mottling camouflage painting, UHU was completed. UHU is the nickname of this aircraft, and it is a Eurasian eagle owl. I thought it was part of the aircraft model number. I wonder what kind of bird it is. It is pretty cute.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKTamiya explained that as the night bombing against Germany intensified, a new type of fighter was needed and developed. The A-7 is the final version of He 219, which has improved high-altitude performance. Armed with 2×20 mm and 4×30 mm machine guns, they were powerful. There was a case in which five Lancaster heavy bombers were shot down in one attack.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKEven though it was quite an excellent aircraft, the total production of the He219 was 268, so the final A-7 was probably relatively small. It seems that they prioritized the production of Bf110 and Ju88, which were already in mass production.

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FuG220 Richtenstein SN-2d type radar antenna, night battle eye. This is delicate and fragile.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK
The marking is a relatively plain nationality mark. I guess it’s hard to see because it’s only active at night.

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HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt’s almost the end of the war. The marking is1st NJG1, 1st Company of the 1st Night Fighter Squadron, May 1945, Germany. It was an airplane in May 1945.

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The underside of the fuselage is painted black to blend into the night sky, which is quite interesting.

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Many German aircraft have this type of vertical tail. There is an antenna at the back, so the total length is quite long when completed.

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If I use the panel line too brightly, it might look like a lie.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK
The engine’s exhaust port has a cylindrical cover called a flash hider.

HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK HEINKEL HE219 A-7 UHU TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK
Tamiya’s He 219 UHU kit is a modeler’s well-thought-out kit, and I could assemble it without any stress because the parts fit together even if the aircraft is big. I understand that this is called a masterpiece kit.
(2021/01/28)

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  1. Antoine says:

    This is a very nice model. I love the camo scheme.
    Good work

    • MINIATURE-ARCADIA says:

      Thank you for your comment! This camouflage was detailed and difficult. It’s a scheme that modelers can’t avoid when painting German Air Force aircraft.

      • Dennis Oliver says:

        Hi Kentaro-san, I have been trying to contact you by email about a new book. Do you think you could check your emails please? Or maybe email me? Thanks my friend.

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