48" HE219 "Uhu"

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48 inch HE-219 Uhu Kit

$ 42.50

48 inch HE-219 Uhu Kit + Brushless Combo

$ 135.00

This model is also available in a smaller 28" version.

The kit includes everything you need to build the airframe, including carbon-fiber reinforcement. Detailed instructions are provided on a CD included with the kit. To complete the model as shown, you will need:

a receiver and two 9g micro-servos
two brushless motors and appropriate speed controllers
two 9x7 GWS 3-bladed props and spinners
hobby tools such as foam-safe paint, glue etc.
two 1-liter plastic soda bottles to make cowls (optional)

Working Flaps and rudders can be added but are not necessary (additional servos required).

The motors we recommend are included in the brushless combo package offered above ($98.00 retail value), and the model may be flown with either a 2 or 3 cell 1320mah Lipo battery. The UHU features etched "panel lines" on the parts for a more realistic appearance. The fantastic airbrushed camo paint job on the prototype was done by our good friend, Augie Haupt. We owe him one!

This model is large for a foamie, and is best for outdoor flying. It's somewhat more complicated to build than our smaller models. The Heinkel-219 Nightfighter had a long and skinny fuselage and so the profile model looks quite realistic while flying. The Uhu has excellent performance with brushless motors and flies extremely smoothly, as if it were on rails - even in the wind. It is an extremely elegant lady in the air.

Historical Information

Many knowledgable WWII aviation buffs consider the Heinkel 219 to be the ultimate night fighter. It was big, very fast, and terribly, terribly deadly. On it's maiden flight, it shot down 5 Lancaster bombers in less than 30 minutes! It was armed with up to six 30mm automatic cannons firing forward, and two more that could fire upwards at an oblique angle. It was equipped with a sophisticated radar. It was the first combat aircraft in the world with ejection seats.

The plane would have been a much greater factor in the war, except that Germany wasn't able to produce it in large numbers due to political fighting and the Allied bombers' effect on production. Of more than 300 built, there is only one Uhu in existence - the fuselage is currently on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dulles airport in the Washington DC area.

Update - our spies tell us that the nacelles for this surviving aircraft are now on display; and that the wing is tentatively scheduled for fitting towards the middle of next year.