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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Heinkel He 219A-7

by Randy Lutz


Heinkel He 219


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Heinkel He 219A-7 is available online from Squadron




Here is my 1/48 scale Tamiya Heinkel He 219.

This is nice kit which only requires a little attention to detail and some very minor enhancements. To this end, I corrected the pilot's headrest, added some photo-etched details to the cockpit such as throttle levers, rudder pedals and seat belts.



One serious omission were the bulkheads in the rear of the main landing gear bays. It looks like Tamiya had intended to put something there, but ultimately chose not to. It was a simple matter to fabricate two bulkheads from .010 styrene, along with a few strips and access panels to block the rear of the nacelle. I fabricated new antennae along the bottom of the fuselage from piano wire and made the landing lights from concave disks of foil filled with 5 minute epoxy.



Painting and Markings


The model is finished in the markings of a machine from 1/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, while based at Sylt-Westerland, Germany during May 1945. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the build is actually the painting.



I wanted to obtain that soft, diffused mottled look of RLM 76 applied over RLM 75, but I did not want to apply the RLM 76 over the RLM 75. So to obtain the look, I used very thin RLM 75 and applied it in very light wispy mottles, with no real distinct outlines over the RLM 76.



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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
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 June 5, 1998
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1855327147
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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Randy Lutz
Page Created 05 October, 2005
Last Updated 04 October, 2005

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