Starting with the excellent 1/48 scale Tamiya Heinkel He 219A-7, I
then added figures from Verlinden and Reheat Models and a Verlinden
refueling cart to create this vignette entitled “Der Sieger und der
Besiegte”, which roughly translated means “victor and the vanquished.”
I began with the cockpit for which I used the excellent detail set
from Aires. To make this set fit into Tamiya’s Heinkel, I had to first
grind down the fuselage sides with my Dremel and then scrape the
remaining plastic with a curved X-acto blade until the plastic was
almost thin enough to see through. In so doing, I lost the neatest
feature of the Tamiya kit: the use of a die-cast weight as the cockpit
floor to balance the model on its tricycle undercarriage. Consequently,
I had to weight the fuselage and the engine nacelles, as the fuselage
weights alone were now too close to the centre of gravity to properly
compensate for the model’s natural tail heaviness.
I spent many hours fiddling with the various Aires and Tamiya pieces
ensuring that they all fitted together as a seamless whole. And here’s a
tip that makes the process somewhat endurable: when test fitting the
resin parts, use white glue to temporarily hold them together. This glue
is just strong enough to position them without in any way damaging the
parts when it is removed with water.
Of course, spending a lot of time on the cockpit demands that the canopy
be crystal clear. I dipped the canopy sections in Future floor wax to
get that so glossy, it reflects light look. I decided to try BlackMagic
vinyl canopy masks by Cutting Edge. As advertised, they fit perfectly
except for the compound curve of the windscreen; I had to use Tamiya
masking tape for this part. When removing the BlackMagic masks, Cutting
Edge quite rightly advises against using an X-acto blade. I simply used
a flat wooden toothpick with a beveled edge.
Having spent all this time on the cockpit area, it behooved me to make
sure the rest of the model was up to snuff. This involved using etched
parts from the Eduard He 219 set plus screening (for the supercharger
intakes), M.V. lenses, and some scratch building.
I scratch built the brake line plumbing, the torque link on the nose
gear, and the actuating arms for the cowl flaps. The making of the last
two items was made infinitely easier by using Waldron’s sub-miniature
punch and something called The Chopper by Northwest Short Line. This
tool consists of a razor blade mounted on an arm that is in turn affixed
to a masonite base. When it is combined with adjustable plastic angles
ranging from 90º to 30º,
you can turn out parts of the same length in fairly short order, which
in my case are 14 actuating arms of .010 rod times two.
Another indispensable tool is Precision Stix, which are produced by Mike
Crawford. As the Heinkel 219 has supercharger intakes and heating ports
in the leading edge of both wings, their edges had to be blended when
the wing halves are joined. Both openings are only a couple millimeters
wide making it impossible to fit your finger inside. Complicating
matters was my plan to fit screening in to the superchargers and an
etched piece from Eduard representing an ice guard in to the heating
port. A file could fit, but they are not fine enough and would therefore
leave scratches. What’s really needed is a small sanding stick in the
400 – 600 grade range which is exactly what Precision Stix are. In fact
grades ranging from 320 to 1500 are available. They are also useful on
resin parts when sanding to a straight, flat edge.
All interior parts were painted by first airbrushing a base coat of
Model Master enamel, followed by shading and highlighting with Humbrol
using techniques I developed to paint figures.
The airframe was airbrushed with Gunze acrylics using a Badger 150.
For weathering, I then used a combination of Winsor Newton oil paints,
pastels, water-soluble poster paints and over spraying with very thinned
The decals are a combination of kit, Aeromaster, Third Group,
Microscale and Xtradecal. I used Microset and Solvaset to ensure they
all settled down properly.
The Luftwaffe figure is by Verlinden with slightly modified arms. The
RAF figure is by Reheat Models with the supplied head replaced by one
from Teknics. Their faces were painted with Winsor & Newton while their
uniforms are Humbrol.
The refueling cart is stock Verlinden, airbrushed and dry-brushed with
Humbrol. For the base, I used CGC drywall compound to create the basic
groundwork. I then added static grass and O gauge railroad ties. For
finishing, I first stained the groundwork with Woodland Scenics earth
colour liquid pigment and then followed up with airbrushed and
drybrushed Humbrol. The railroad ties were stained with Humbrol over
which heavily diluted Winsor Newton burnt sienna and burnt umber was
splattered to represent fluid leaks from the He 219’s twin engines.
The finished scene represents a He 219 of NJG 3 based in Denmark at the
end of the war in May 1945.
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|German Night Fighter Aces
of World War 2
Aircraft of the Aces 20
Author: Jerry Scutts
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
June 5, 1998
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1855327147
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