The He 219 Uhu was a German heavy night fighter, employing a number of the then novel radar and antennae equipment, and was the first operational military aircraft to be fitted with ejection seats. After protracted development the prototype flew in November 1942. The He 219A-5 was the first major production version, being similar to the previous ‘A-2’ model but with an extended range. It was a two-seat, all-metal monoplane powered by two Daimler-Benz DB 603 in-line piston engines. The aircraft were equipped with four cannons in the ventral tray, two guns in the wings and another two as a “Schräge Musik” installation behind the cockpit.
Nearly 300 of all the He 219 models were built and although the type proved to be a capable fighter, it saw only limited service; had they been available in quantity, they might have had a significant effect on the strategic night bombing offensive of the Allied forces carried in the latter half of the war.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) He 219A-5, G9+DB (W.Nr. 420331), Stab I./NJG 1, Luftwaffe, Münster-Handorf airfield, Germany, January 1945
2) He 219A-5, G9+TH (W.Nr. 290123), I./NJG 1, Luftwaffe, Westerland-Sylt airfield, Germany, spring 1945
3) He 219A-5, U.S.A. 9, U.S. Air Force, Freeman Field Air Base, U.S.A., late 1945
4) LB-79 (He 219A-5), White V-29, LVÚ Aviation Research Institute, serving with 2nd Sq., 51st Air Regiment, Czechoslovak Air Force, Plzeň-Bory airfield, Czechoslovakia, autumn 1951