Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:42

Looking great. Good pick-up on filling the engine nacelles, too. I loaded as much lead as would fit into the nose of my Czech Letov LB-79/2 (a redo of the long-OOP F-Toys' He219, the build pre-dating release of the Mark I kit) and it barely tilted forward. Burp near it and up goes the nose! :(
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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby Mig88 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:28

Thanks guys!

The beast takes shape!

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The kit has its major components assembled and joins cleaned up. Despite my efforts I still had to sand and scrape the joins and even apply superglue to fill some areas especially on the underside. There were discrepancies lengthwise between both fuselage halves. I got the tailplane and main wing gaps aligned but there were variations around the nose area. The main instrument panel ended up twisted! Fortunately I was able to cut both ends of the cockpit and get them aligned and put the panel straight without too much fuss. The undercarriage legs have been glued on but the kit is tipping back because of the difference in height between the main legs and the front one. Once the wheels are added it should stand properly.

For the tailfins it's best to remove the pins and sand the mating surface of the tailplanes to the right shape. In general check and re-check the mating of parts but you'll still need to work them afterwards!

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Before closing up the cockpit, I've added a gunsight at the front. The front seat headrest bends a little too much forward because of the canopy (I had already run tests). Maybe I didn't bend the part properly below. Next time I better be more careful. The Peilgerät DF loop has been painted steel and glued into its recess.

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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby Mig88 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:47

The kit is now ready for painting. In fact, I have just started painting it.

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The kit has the wheels, doors, canopy, landing light and all etched aerials added. The only parts left to glue are the propellers which I am dealing with separately and of which more tomorrow. The Peilgerät DF loop has received a clear cover courtesy of Kristal Klear. The canopy wasn't a great fit and I had to fill some gaps but this was probably due to the pilot's seat being a bit too high as I mentioned before. Unfortunately, it turns out the kit doesn't have enough weight to stand on its own so I'm already taking steps to use the card base supplied with the kit.

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At first I thought the problem was the nose u/c leg which is way too long and had the kit standing very nose up (instead of slightly). I managed to remove it and cut off at least 2mm from the top. I used the useful side view plan in the instructions as a guide. Even so, once corrected, the kit still falls back. I lost the etched nose oleo link so I had to fashion one more-or-less from scrap etched metal.

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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby Mig88 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:05

Fixing the propeller

As I mentioned yesterday, there was a matter with the propellers. I had read in an article that it there was something wrong with them but I didn't notice until I was about to paint them! When compared with plans, they are too bulbous and blunt so I sanded them to a more correct pointed shape as best as I could.

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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby ajmm » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:57

A definite improvement. This is looking great Miguel
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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby smeg1959 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 20:13

Agreed. What is this problem manufacturers have getting the shape of spinners right? There's definitely been more than a few instances over the years, starting with that monstrosity on the Minicraft Spitty.
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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby Mig88 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 14:36

The undersides

I actually finished the kit yesterday but while I deal with the final photos, here are a couple from the underside taken before I glued the kit to the base and dealt with the final touches (mainly the radio wires), as this area will no longer be easy to see!

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The shell ejection chutes, another missing detail, were painted on. Although I changed the shape of the spinners, I used the kit's spiral decals, cutting off the rear end and painting up the front tip.

I hope to post the photos of the finished kit later today and if not it will be tomorrow.

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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby Mig88 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 19:05

Finished

As mentioned before, I had finished the kit and was just working on the photos and here they are:

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I used decals from the kit except for the red M which came from a He 219A-2 kit and the kill markings on the tail (this is a successful Mosquito-hunter!) which came from the Jach Lippisch P.20 sheet.

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Although the card of the display base is sturdy, I glued some thick card to it to strengthen it further. Obviously, due to the tail-sitting problem of the kit, it is now glued to the base. This turned out to be helpful to add the radio wires from the tailfins to the cockpit mast. These were made from stretched sprue and I had some trouble with them, snapping one in the process, hence the thick links at the tailfins.

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Mark I's He 219 isn't an easy build kit but with some patience and work you can get a very decent result. I really enjoyed this conversion build and am very pleased with the result. The metal finish and red spinners and the lack of radar aerials and flame dampeners really make it stand out from the standard He 219 kits. I have another conversion project in mind which would also look great but I would probably want to build a standard machine first, someday....

Thanks for your comments and for looking.

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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby ajmm » Sun Nov 04, 2018 19:41

That’s an outstanding finish Miguel! Beautiful. And a very interesting build, I’ve enjoyed following along.
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Re: Heinkel He 219A-6 "Mosquito-Jäger" (Mark I conv.)

Postby pbhawkin » Sun Nov 04, 2018 21:06

looks great, well done.
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