War Master S7200001
1/72 Scale Heinkel HE 219 A0/R6 Uhu Diecast Model G9+FK, Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow, 2/NJG 1, Luftwaffe
- Wingspan 25.7 cm 10.12 in Approx.
- Length 21.5 cm 8.46 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- There are no Swastikas or Balkenkreuz on model.
- Undercarriage displayable extended.
- Display stand included.
War Master S7200001 – 1/72 Scale HE 219 A0/R6 Uhu Diecast Model.
Solido War Master.
Solido’s War Master S7200001 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Heinkel He 219 A0/R6 Uhu (Eagle Owl). In the colour scheme and markings of G9+FK, flown by Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow the top scoring He 219 night fighter ace. While posted to 2./Nachjagdgeschwader (2/NJG1) in the Netherlands during 1944.
Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow (1908-1990) was born at Stettin, Pommern, Prussia. A qualified pilot by 1929, he flew with SCADTA in South America from 1933. Beginning in May 1937, with Lufthansa in South American. At the commencement of World War II, Modrow went to KGr. Z.b.V. 108 flying the Do 26 four-engine flying boat. On May 28 1940, RAF Hurricanes attacked and sunk his moored Do 26, badly wounding Modrow. In March 1941 undertook instructor duties until April 1942 when he flew the Bv 222 six-engine flying boat, in the Mediterranean.
Transferred to the Nachtjagd during October 1943 and following conversion training went to 2./NJG 1. Gained his first victory on the night of 7/8 March 1944 when he claimed a RAF twin-engine bomber near Venlo, Holland. Modrow was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./NJG 1 on April 1, 1944. He gained his 34th, and last, victory on the night of 5/6 January 1945. All his victories were at night. In the 1950s Modrow joined the Bundesluftwaffe, where he remained until his retirement in september 1964.
Heinkel He 219 Uhu.
The Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl) was a German twin engine night fighter. One of only two WWII aircraft designed for night operations. The other being the Northrop P-61 “Black Widow”. The He 219 had a variety of firsts, including Lichtenstein SN-2 advanced VHF-band intercept radar. The first operational military aircraft with ejection seats. First operational German World War II aircraft with tricycle landing gear. The He 219 saw limited service with under 300 units of all variants built.
Construction of the first prototype started in February 1942 funded by Heinkel himself. It first flew on November 6, 1942. When General Kammhuber General of the Night Fighters) saw the prototype on November 19, he immediately ordered it into production. The HE 219 first entered service in April 1943 with the delivery of a small number of pre-production A-0s to the 1st Night Fighter Group (I/NJG-1) at Venlo, Netherlands.
The Heinkel He 219 is of metal, semi-monocoque construction. Wing and tail-plane are of a cantilevered design. The wings, high-mounted on the fuselage have dihedral outboard of each engine. Vertical tail fins are fitted to either end of the horizontal tail planes and angle inwards at the top. The horizontal tail plane has more dihedral than the wing.
A crew of two, pilot and radar operator sit back-to-back in ejection seats within a pressurized cockpit. The cockpit mounted at the forward end of the fuselage allows the crew an excellent field of vision. The tricycle undercarriage is retractable. A steerable nose landing gear retracts rearwards, rotating 90-degrees to fit inside the well below the cockpit floor. The main landing gear retracts rearwards into the underside of each engine nacelle.
Early prototypes used two DB 603C engines with four-blade propellers as the planed DB 603G were not available in time. The A-2 variant used the DB 603AA engine. The last major production version the A-7 used the improved DB 603E engine driving VDM three blade constant speed airscrew. The Daimler-Benz DB 603 series of engines are a liquid-cooled 12-cylinder inverted V12s.
Early aircraft used the Telefunken FuG 212 “Lichtenstein” C-1 radar with the Matratze (Mattress) antenna array. FuG is short for Funkgerät, radio set. Later aircraft used the updated FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 radar system with larger Hirschgeweih (Stag’s antlers) aerials. These aerial produced tremendous drag slowing the aircraft by up to 50 km/h (30 mph). It had improved accuracy and resolution and less vulnerable to jamming.
Ground control directed the aircraft to the general area of enemy aircraft. The pilots would then take over and guide themselves with the Lichtenstein radar.
Armament consisted of two Mauser MG 151/20 20 mm auto cannon in the wings inboard of the propeller arcs. Up to four MG 151/20 auto cannon or 30 mm Rheinmetall MK-103s mounted in a tray on underside of fuselage. Late variants had two 30mm MK 108 series cannons mounted behind the cockpit at 65-degree angle. Referred to as a “Schrage Musik”(slanted or oblique music) installation. This allowed the He 219 to attack a bomber from below and behind, the least protected position of Allied bombers.
The He219 had a maximum speed of 616 km/h (385 mph) and service ceiling of 9,300 m (30,500 ft). Combat range of 1,540 km (960 mi) and ferry range of 2,148 km (1,335 mi). Maximum takeoff weight of 13,580 kg (29,900 lb).
The He 219 A-0, pre-production/prototype became the first production variant. A proposed dedicated reconnaissance-bomber variant, the He 219 A-1 was never built. The He 219 A-2, similar to A-0 used the DB 603AA engine with extended engine nacelles that incorporated additional fuel. 85 A-2 variants were built. The He 219 A-5 a proposed three crew design based on the A-2 only existed as a prototype. The He 219 A-6 a proposed lighter anti-Mosquito variant. Armed with only four 20mm MG 151/20 cannon and some radio communications equipment removed. These modifications allowed the A-6 to reach near-400 mile per hour at altitude. The He 219 A-7 an improved variant powered by the Daimler-Benz DB 603E. It was the final production variant. Some 210 were on order by late 1944.
The first He 219s to enter service were the A-0 pre-production aircraft. Delivered in April of 1943 to I/NJG 1 (Night Fighter Wing) at Venlo, Netherlands. On June 11, 1943, Major Werner Streib downed at lest five heavy bombers in the span of 30 minutes.
There are claims that in the next ten days, the three Heinkel He 219A-0s shot down 20 RAF aircraft. Including six previously untouchable DH.90 Mosquito fighter-bombers. No evidence exists of the loss of the six Mosquitoes. The He 219, was the only German piston engine night fighter able to match the Mosquito. It never played a significant role due to insufficient numbers. I/NJG 1 was the only group to be fully equipped with the He 219. Small attachments operated elsewhere. A capable aircraft it never reached full potential due to bureaucratic infighting between various people and agencies.
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War Master S7200001 – 1/72 Scale Heinkel HE 219 A0/R6 Uhu Luftwaffe, Netherlands, 1944.