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About GrzeM

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  1. Fokker's Razor - success or failure?

    There is one ready for inspection model on modelwork.pl (Polish forum) by PrzemoLPP: more here: PrzemoLPP Fokker E.V on Modelwork.pl
  2. Arma Hobby 1/72 PZL P.7a

    I see you've ordered the book! I belive it was good decision. It summarises the most recent and credible knowledge. Good luck with the kit! Decals work excellent with MicroSol even on the most complex corrugated surfaces. My trials: Photo comes from Arma Hobby blog. It was good decision to order decals from Italian Cartograf. We did that also for the Fokker E.V.
  3. Fokker's Razor - success or failure?

    No need to go to Warsaw! You can buy the kits directly from producer here: http://www.armahobby.com/category/aircraft-models-fokker-e-v Many thanks to all for warm comments. Now I'm waiting for the Work in Progress articles. All the best from Poland!
  4. Fuad! It is another excellent model built by you! Congratulations! I also love the choice of the airplane. This particular airplane (No. 11) in early June 1940 was assigned to the Polish flight led by kpt. Jesionowski and was actively used initially in patrols in defence of Montpellier, then was moved to Clermont (with Koolhovens Nos. 5, 14, and 17). The pilots were por. Walerian Żak, ppor. Andrzej Malarowski and por. Bohdan Grzeszczak. The commander patiently demanded more planes and finally got airplanes numbered 8, 10 and 12. The flight performed at least 47 combat missions till the fall of France, and after that was evacuated South, finally numbers 5, 8, 10 and 14 were abandoned in Perpignan and 11 and 17 in Montpellier. The pilots went to Britain. On one of the German-made photos of the abandoned airplanesin Monpellier, 11 has a Warsaw Mermaid (coat of arm of the Warsaw) painted on the side, between the washed number "11" and the tailplane - but the painting is barely visible, probably was made with washable paint or even chalk and existed only for some time. Here you can see it, but only barely: Better version of this photo has been published in the recent Polish Fighter Colours 1939-46 vol. I book Jasionowski became in November 1940 commander of the Polish 308 squadron. Walerian Żak later was a pilot of the famous Polish 303 squadron with 4 victories in BoB, then its commander, then 308 squadron commander, then Polish 3 Fighter Wing Commander. Grzeszczak, 303 squadron pilot with 2 victories in BoB, is known from famous Battle of Britain photo (3rd from left): Malarowski became 303 squadron pilot too. Sure you are right! It was designed by the same man, E.Schatzki who moved from Fokker to Koolhoven shortly before the war.
  5. WNW/Cartograf Decals and setting solutions

    That's very interesting question! Does the WNW use some different Cartograf decals that usualy? In Arma Hobby we provide excellent Cartograf decals in our Expert and Deluxe sets PZL P.7a and Expert set Fokker E.V (those premium kits with PE parts and bigger decal sheets) and these work perfectly with the Micro Sol. Even on the very complex corrugated metal wing surfaces of the PZL P.7a, see my photo below: I've already got the Cartograf decals (including lozenge) for our newest Fokker E.V but have to test them yet. It has to be noted that our kits are 1/72. All the best from Warsaw! Grzegorz
  6. In order to draw some deeper background for the new Fokker E.V 1/72 Arma Hobby kit I have written several texts on the producer's blog. Did you know that the "Fokker's Razor" was officially credited with only one aerial victory during the WWI? That some E.V were finished with four different types of lozenge fabric? That this airplane was the very first fighter of Polish Air Forces (numbered "001")? General history of the type during the Great War and in 1918-1919 Poland and several cool photos is here: Fokker’s Razor – E.V/D.VIII Painting schemes with short historical descriptions: Fokker E.V – colour schemes from Expert & Junior set A bit about the Flugzeugstoff, printed fabric called lozenge (a lot of photos!!!): Flugzeugstoff – printed lozenge fabric Finally, the photos of the test shots of the kit. Enjoy! There will be at least one more article, about the Fokker's streaked four-colour wing. Soon. I'll let you know. The model kit is ready - you may order it on the Arma Hobby website in two versions, Junior (basic, with two decal schemes, including yellow and black checkered Sachsenberg's plane) and Expert set with four decal schemes (two Polish and two German, Jasta 6 and Jasta 36) and the PE fret. Some pictures: Best greetings from Warsaw! Grzegorz (guy who proudly did research and documentation for this project)
  7. When I was a kid in '70s my father made several balsa models like that. Loved them! This one is very cool too!
  8. PZL P-11g Kobuz

    In fact the P.24 fuselage was somewhat inferior to the P.11c one - as the P.24 was just strengthened and longer P.7 fuselage (1932 design), while the P.11c was later desingn, developed from P.11a in 1934 and had modified front area, including lowering enigne in order to improve visibility (and all that structural differences excellently described by KRK4m). 8.129 was general Rayski's personal aircraft, "normal" P.11c but with stronger Mercury VI engine. I'm not sure it has any relation with Kobuz. Some historians state that Kobuz was in general P.11c fuselage with P.24 wing (that made sense as P.24 had four guns in the wings).
  9. Good to see the RWD finished! Not bad at all! The black numbers on the fuselage are very probable. Excellent idea to present it with the Polish squadron Spitfire - it is very probable that Spitfire's pilot got primary flight training in Poland on the RWD-8 which was most numerous basic trainer in my country, something like Tiger Moth in UK.
  10. Sure it should. Like this: or this:
  11. I see you will remember that model ;-) I'm proud that I participate in such splendid effort! (Signed: father of three)
  12. Airfix Blenheim I from a IF kit

    The kit is very much the same, except the decals.
  13. Beaufighter Mk IIF , Gibraltar 1944

    How much I love these Merlin-engined Beaus! Polish 307 squadron was using them for some time between Defiants and Hercules-engined Beaufighters, so they have some publicity in my country. I remember I had a picture of one in black, with powerful looking engines when I was a kid.
  14. Beaufighter Mk IIF , Gibraltar 1944

    I've seen something like that:
  15. Well, it is much smaller than Szent Istvan battleship, but still very good model of interesting boat!