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He 219 & Ho 229 @ Udvar Hazy

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Last month my rocket scientist friend got a tour of the Udvar Hazy restoration center. Being a student of the Luftwaffe and modeler, he realized the value of these views.

The He 219 Uhu wing is in a paint chamber. In one photo you can see the color "chips" (they actually look to be about 200+ sq. inches) that Smithsonian restorers painstakingly recovered and reproduced for quality control. Looks like RLM 22 black, RLM 75 Grauviolett and RLM 76 Lichtblau. I examined the Uhu about a decade ago and posted photos here, and while I am not a proponent of the legendary RLM "84", that RLM 76 on the He 219 looks to me to have a green tint. Yet, as we are learning, our eyes can play tricks on us. There is no mention of RLM 84 in the U-H restoration team blog.

The only image of the Ho 229 is limited. It still is fascinating to look at.
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...


the horten ho229 one of the world's first stealht fighter in the world.
MAY 09, 2016 - 03:41 AM
WOW I'd love to be a fly on the wall watching the entire restoration. I look forward to seeing the final product.
MAY 09, 2016 - 03:59 AM
Fred, thanks for sharing the photos. When I visited the Garber Restauration Facilities in 2002 I saw someone working at the He 219 and now I wonder if it was the same bird seen in the photos. Torsten
MAY 10, 2016 - 11:18 PM