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Scott Nelson
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Yoo-hoo?! No, Uhu.

March 16, 2017 · in Aviation · · 32 · 2.5K

My newest archiving addition is the He-219 Uhu. I got this kit pretty cheap from a vendor at a local contest. A couple pieces were broken but, nothing too difficult to fix. I am a modeler after all ?. The kit, as most Tamiya kits do, went together extremely well. Probably most of you know the cockpit tub/forward landing gear bay is a single piece cast in metal. It fit perfectly and solves the problem of weighting the nose to avoid tail sitting.

The biggest challenge with this one is the camo scheme. Taking a cue from one of Tom Cleaver's articles at another site, I painted the bottom RLM 76 and the top RLM 75. After the paint was dry, I went over the darker RLM 75 with the lighter 76 creating the mottled look. I painted one wing starting at the tip to the center of the fuselage one evening, the other wing the same way the next night, the forward fuselage on the third night and finally the rear fuselage and empennage the fourth night. Whew!

I do think it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.

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  1. I have to say I thing this was one of Germany's prettiest planes during the war. The mottling turned out great! I think this one may be getting added to the stash. How big is it? Between a P-38 and B-25 for size? Also, I've wondered, what is the disc on the top of the fuselage? An APU or air conditioning unit? My Ar-234 has one as well.

  2. Scott, it did! Spot camouflage is hard to do, and you got it. Imposing aircraft and model!

  3. Very nice paint work. I've only started using an airbrush (Just about to spray my 4th model) and looking for any and all techniques. Many Luftwaffe aircraft still in the stash for this reason

  4. I really like your "Owl"... You did a great job with it. It's one of my favorite Luftwaffe twins.

  5. That turned out beautifully, Scott. Having never done one myself, I must say that the metal cast cockpit tub and nose wheel well is a great idea - more manufacturers should do something like that. Love that scheme, too.

  6. Stunning UHU. Undoubtedly one of the best Nightfighters of WW II.

  7. I remember when I built this a few years ago I used an aftermarket brass set for the radar, which was worth the investment, but your version here is very nicely presented. Thanks for posting.

  8. Great looking model - and excellent results with the paint work!

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    said on March 17, 2017

    Very nice Scott.Good work

  10. Turned Out very well, your efforts are Well deserved!

  11. I love happy endings. The mottling looks very convincing. Everything came together on this build. It works.

    Two thumbs up.

  12. Very, very nice. Well done Scott. Also thought your title was really clever.

  13. Scott: Glad to help. You got the "cloudy" look just right. Excellent result overall.

  14. Great looking model of a great looking plane.

  15. Very well done! These German Night Fighter camouflages are as beautiful as they are difficult to apply.

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