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Building the Heinkel He 219 'Uhu'

Building the Heinkel He 219 'Uhu' Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review February 2014 Title Building the Heinkel He 219 'Uhu'
Author Daniel Zamarbide Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9780957586628
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £13.95


Valiant Wings continue their colorful modeling guides with Building The Heinkel He 219 'Uhu' – second installment in their popular "Airframe Constructor" series.

In 96 lavishly illustrated pages – 30 more than the publisher's "P-51D" title – the amazingly adept Daniel Zamarbide constructs and colors Zoukei-Mura's 1:32-scale masterpiece.

After introductory and "build narrative" notes, contents course, step-by-step, through the whole process:

  • Fuel
  • Engines
  • Propellers
  • Weapons
  • Undercarriage
  • Fuselage
  • Cockpit
  • Wings
  • Assembly
  • Painting
  • Details

Want tips on detailing cockpits?  They're there.  Techniques to replicate wood-grain effects?  Yep.  "Salt" masking to simulate wear and weathering?  That, too.  Author Zamarbide offers plenty of practical ways to enhance your overall modeling skills.

Four more pages of "finished" model shots follow.  And three incredibly useful appendices complete coverage.

Dozens of clear, color shots flavor the fulsome account.  The ever-able Richard Franks editorially seasons the story.  And those addenda on "accessories & decals", "books" and "upgrade parts" remain a robust repast for further He 219 enrichment.

Don't have Zoukei-Mura's Uhu?  Prefer other aircraft scales?  This handy handbook remains a fantastic reference for He 219 kits from other manufacturers.  And it perfectly complements Valiant Wings' "Airframe Album No.1" on Heinkel's lethal "Owl".

Rabidly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.