Heinkel He 219 (He-219) Uhu German Night Fighter 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model by War Master
War Master/Solido 1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Heikel He-219 Uhi Eagle-Owl – Length: 8.55" Wingspan: 10.25”
The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot figure included. Some minor (but which will require patience and attention) assembly is required for the landing gear pieces. No glue is required, but some glue will be useful to secure the pieces. The pieces for the wheel well covers are included but these are in the open position only.
A Display stand is included.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model, War Master, did a good job with this model, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved). If you look carefully at the photos you will notice that the paint job has some weathering details, there are darker lines simulating wear/oil leakage along some panel lines to some very nice effect.
The box measures at 11 inches by 11 inches by 3 inches.
The Heinkel He 219 Uhu ("Eagle-Owl") was a night fighter that served with the German Luftwaffe in the later stages of World War II. A relatively sophisticated design, the He 219 possessed a variety of innovations, including Lichtenstein SN-2 advanced VHF-band intercept radar, also used on the Ju 88G and Bf 110G night fighters. It was also the first operational military aircraft to be equipped with ejection seats and the first operational German World War II-era aircraft with tricycle landing gear. Had the Uhu been available in quantity, it might have had a significant effect on the strategic night bombing offensive of the Royal Air Force; however, only 294 of all models were built by the end of the war and these saw only limited service. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow was the leading night fighter ace on the He 219. Modrow was credited with 33 from 34 night air victories on the type.