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 released a model of the same scale, probably. Does it mean that the quality is so high that it is not necessary to do?
I’m assembling a cockpit. There are 2 seats, and the layout is back-to-back. The seat in the back seems to have a role to operate some amazing machine. There were crew on the submarine patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and they operated many complicated machines except for pilots.
Includes 2 pilot figures. Maybe it’s because of the last days of World War II, something like an oxygen mask tube is molded. Does a propeller plane fly at a high altitude? They are in the same mold. I will not use it in this work. It’s a good idea to keep it, I might suddenly want to get a pilot on board while building an overseas kit.
It’s called a flash hider, and it seems that 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.
That’s amazing. The parts of the cockpit are made of 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 really interested in 1/48 AFV, but it’s good that it’s heavy.
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 very careful when I start painting. It has only the fuselage under the wings or the side of the fuselage behind the wings.
The 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.
Because 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.
One year and a few months ago, my air compressor APC-007B Silent II was completely broken, so I replaced it with the APC-002D, and I don’t have much trouble with the usual painting, but 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. Rather, the compressor is running for a long time, 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 larger tank capacity.
There are some parts that I failed, 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 strong pressure. If the paint is thin, it is easy to control, but I have to blow the same part of it many times. Maybe it depends on each person because they have different skills and tastes.
After finishing difficult 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 quite cute.
Tamiya explained that as the night bombing against Germany intensified, a new type of night 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.
Even though it was a quite excellent aircraft, the total production of He219 was 268, so the final A-7 was probably quite small. It seems that they prioritized the production of Bf110 and Ju88 which were already in mass production.
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.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.