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  • Birthday 04/25/1957

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    1/72 aircraft & AFV, 1/700 warships, H0 trains

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  1. Try any photos of the WW1 German planes at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow - the Albatros C.I has a 150 HP Bz.III, a 185 HP Bz.IIIa powers the LFG Roland D. VIb and a 225 HP Bz.IV is fitted to the DFW C.V. Certainly, these are Benz engines, with block-mounted camshafts operating the overhead valves via long vertical pushrods. Cheers Michael
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    Ardpol Question

    Nothing is certain yet. Negotiations are far from over. Two mfrs are interested in the purchase, but not at the price that Andrew is asking for. Cheers Michael
  3. They were there definitely. Warpaint No.41 even includes the color profile of Fulmar taking part in Ceylon clashes vs. JNAF. Unfortunately, this is the FAA aircraft from HMS Illustrious, not the one from No. 273 Squadron RAF. Cheers Michael
  4. There is a pretty decent -17PF kit from the Czech AZ. Obviously, if you want to park it close to the Airfix -17F it would be better to use only the nose AND FRONT (fixed) CANOPY as several details (u / c, auxiliary tanks etc) are played differently by AZ and Airfix. The PF is longer than the F not only because of the lip housing the radar above the intake, but the entire fuselage in front of the pilot's seat is different (also wider, taller and less tapering). The drawings are here Cheers Michael
  5. Presumably you meant "only Polish, not English" ??? Cheers Michael
  6. I understand you mean Henschel Hs 123, as Heinkel He 123 remains unknown to most of us :) From the outset, their number was small. A total of 265 were built (compared to 506 He 51, 514 Ar 68, 882 Hs 129 and 935 Hs 126, neither of which can be called numerous). 18 were sent to Spain, 12 to China, leaving 235 in Germany, including prototypes. Production ended in the summer of 1937, so in September 1939 less than 120 remained operational. About 30 were lost in Poland, a similar number in the Netherlands and France, and less than forty were left to be used at the beginning of Barbarossa. In my opinion, it was the extremely short range of this a/c type that became crucial for its deployment on the Eastern Front instead of Africa. Cheers Michael
  7. Actually, Peru only used seven of them, as the total of 13 also includes the later 6-gun NA-68 (with a longer fuselage and a different wing), of which six (built for Thailand) ended up as USAAF P-64 fighter-trainers. Anyway, well done, Brother... Cheers Michael
  8. It's even cheaper. At my LHS the price is 27 PLN, so €6.00 or £5.10 Cheers Michael
  9. Nevertheless, the wingspan in all three discussed photos is the same, because the trailing edge length from the fuselage fairing to the outer end of the aileron is 247% of the wheel track. Only the flap to aileron ratio in the outer (dihedralled) wing partl changes. In the production NA-50 and the NA-68 prototype, the aileron occupies 7 inter-rib sections of the wing (56% of the trailing edge length), and in the production P-64 only 6 sections (48% of the span). Probably a significant increase in MTOW (additional machine guns and cannons in nacelles) made enlarging the flap area a necessity. Cheers Michael
  10. According to https://www.scalemates.com/kits/armory-ar72443-zsu-23-4v1-shilka-mod-1970--1354249 , the Ukrainian Armory Models Group (not to be confused with Arsenal Model Group) is to offer a new tool styrene injected kit of the Soviet ZSU-4-23 Shilka. AFAIK it will be the first injected kit of this - most widespread ever - tracked AASPG on the Braille scale market. While Armory offers hundreds of resin and/or photo-etched detailing kits for a variety of 1:72 and 1: 144 aircraft and AFV kits, their range of Braille-scale tracked AFV injected kits has so far only included the WW2 German PzKpfw IIL Luchs, PzKpfw VII Lowe, VK.36.01H and VK.72.01K, as well as the US M41 Walker Bulldog and M752 SSM launcher from the Cold War period. The ZSU-4-23 will be their first injected kit of the Soviet tracked AFV (the 8-wheeled ZPRK 96K6 Pantsir has been available since 2017). Cheers Michael
  11. Yesssssssssss!!! Ukrainian Armory has just announced the 72nd scale ZSU-23-4 Shilka for 2021. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/armory-ar72443-zsu-23-4v1-shilka-mod-1970--1354249 I'm in favor as long as they keep the quality of their M41 Walker Bulldog Cheers Michael
  12. True - a very important light bomber and recce aircraft. And used by the Japanese till 1940. Only Potez 25/27, Breguet XIX, Polikarpov R-5, Hawker Hart, Fairey III and Fokker C.V did better in whole interwar period. As for Choroszy resin models, unfortunately they have one unpleasant feature. The Type 88-2 kit and the Type 88-1 released 15 years later are based on totally different drawings and have not a single part in common. As a result, when placed side by side, they do not look like two versions of the same plane. The same flaw also affected Choroszy kits of their carrier-borne contemporaries (Mitsubishi B2M1 and B2M2). Cheers Michael
  13. In fact, BOTH the O-47 and the O-52 are retractable-gear monoplanes. The difference is that the O-52 is a high-wing monoplane while the O-47 is a low-wing one Cheers Michael
  14. There will be a lot of work in 1:48. Not only the rotors, engines and tail, but also the sponsons are different, and the CH-53E's fuselage is longer. I did the opposite, but the scale was 1: 700 where there is a beautiful Super Stallion from Trumpeter and only the awful CH-53A from Revell. Cheers Michael
  15. When I started working at the Museum in April 1987, the P.11c was barely renovated in the parent PZL Warszawa-Okecie plant. The color of the seat and the frames were aluminum, and the interior walls of the cockpit were sea blue-grey. I am afraid that that renovation was carried out according to the PZL production standards of the time (Wilga), and not according to the conservator's guidelines. I left the Museum in December 2013, when another renovation of the P.11c was considered. It included, inter alia, (finally) replacing the wheels with larger ones and changing the colours of the outer camouflage. The plane was dismantled into pieces, at the same time a full-size GRP copy was built for the Air Force Museum in Deblin, and a huge documentation work was done, the result of which are already new kits of two Warsaw manufacturers, and the program of building several P.11 and P.24 flying replicas has become much more realistic. Unfortunately, nobody thought about repainting the cockpit interior in aluminum color. Maybe you will see it (because I probably won't) in the next 30 years ... Cheers Michael
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