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  1. The only prototype of PZL P.6, the first radial-engined gull wing fighter designed by Zygmunt Puławski. Pilot: Bolesław Orliński, who was the PZL company test pilot. In late summer 1931 he displayed the P.6 at National Air Races in Cleveland, USA. The PZL P.6 was destroyed just a month later in an accident but it became predecessor of famous line of Polish gull wing fighters. Kit: Arma-Hobby (1/72). My first resin build.
  2. Thank you. Yes. All the family of gull wing fighters (except for some prototypes) had the corrugations on wings and tailplanes.
  3. Thank you! You are much more forgiving than our colleagues on the other forums... Definitely not. Actually it was the worst I had on my stash when I grabbed it to build. The others are two RS Models and one AZ Models. HB has simple cockpit with a canopy lacking its frames (I used Techmod mask to paint them but the result is not perfect). It also had no bands along the wing chord. I chose the HB kit just because I wanted to test Hataka paint set for French aircraft and to train my freehand painting skills. HB is good enough for such tests.
  4. I glued a plastic tube for propeller axis set in front of the fuselage. It is carefully positioned to keep the axis straight. The hole in front fuselage remains empty until the end of build. It can be used for a stick to handle the model for painting. I replaced the propeller's axis with a brass tube, about an inch long. Then I put it into a slightly wider and shorter brass tube. The axis can rotate in the outer tube and the length gives stability. The protruding rear end of the axis got a short piece of brass tube glued to prevent it from falling out. This makes a set that can be
  5. Yes, I have built 24 First to Fight kits and I like all of them. They are easy to build, fit perfectly and are pretty accurate regarding the simple design. Sure - some fenders could be thinner and tanks wheels and tracks could be more accurate (and they are in the recent PzIIID) but still the build is a nice experience.
  6. This is Techmod set. I have modified the Polish insignia with transparent red paint on the red squares.
  7. This is the first model I painted with Hataka paints. C011 Light Polish Khaki and C036 Light Blue-Grey from orange set HTK-CS01 "Polish Air Force Paint Set". I'm hery happy with these paints. I feel no difference to Gunze Mr.Colors I'm used to but the Hataka need no or very little thinner before use.
  8. PZL P.11a of the 112 Eskadra Myśliwska (Fighter Squadron), Zaborów airfield near Warsaw, September 1939. The aircraft was damaged in air combat and then destroyed by Poles before being captured by Germans. The kit: IBG 1/72.
  9. http://www.armahobby.com/category/aircraft-models-hurricane
  10. rav

    F-14A kits in 1/72

    Here is my Academy Tomcat with Hasegawa decals:
  11. I paint my models with Gunze MrColors. I had not the C318 Radome suggested by Hasegawa instructions but I thought that C313 Yellow FS33531 is close enough (and not very yellow).
  12. F-14A Tomcat from VF-84 Jolly Rogers, USS Nimitz, August 17th, 1982. Kit: Design/Academy (1/72). Decals: Hasegawa. More photos on my website (click the photos above).
  13. I have scratchbuit a similar mechanism for my very old 1/72 Tornado ADV. It is very delicate and I'm afraid to operate it, but it works.
  14. No. I have captured all the features BEFORE anything was mentioned in this topic. According to serial number, my model depicts NA-83. However, a colleague commented in my gallery on another forum that the exhausts look rather like on NA-73. I did not know there was any visible difference. Maybe this is something you could investigate further.
  15. I have built my Mustang Mk.I using the Academy kit. Just a little conversion of the wing was needed (guns, panel lines). Fuselage guns were added. The result is here.
  16. Two weeks (17-30.09.1939). Not the shortest campaign in the history. Battle of Wilno (Vilnius), 18-19.09, Battle of Grodno, 21-24.09, Battle of Szack (Shatsk), 29-30.09, Totally 1,475–3,000 killed or missing on Soviet side during the invasion. Soviets used 6 armies, about 650.000 troops, 4.700 tanks, 3.300 aircraft and it was not a conflict? German forces were just half of those as they attacked Poland. With such forces the Soviet could march all the way to the Rhine river. But they stopped at Bug as agreed with Hitler just a week before he started the w
  17. I was looking for the same some time ago. I checked some Soviet and Russian books and websites about history of Soviet Aviation. There was something about the Spanish War, the Winter War and of course a lot about The Great Patriotic War. Nothing about (so successful, BTW) campaign in Poland. They are not proud of it... Therefore I think that any photos of Soviet airplanes invading Poland, if survived, are kept in secret Russian archives and are not to be published soon.
  18. Thank you, Doc! No reason for big complains. The interior is simplified - I have scratchbuilt the cockpit side walls and gun mount because I decided to open the rear part of the canopy. For the same reason I had to work a lot on the canopy itself - I sanded it on inner side to let the parts fit one inside another (the part above the gunner's head is scratchbuilt from a transparent foil). I don't blame Fujimi for this effort - the basic cockpit was good enough (IMHO) for closed, dense framed canopy. After the fuselage was assembled (two main halves, top around the coc
  19. EI-238, pilot: Lt. Cdr. Kakuichi Takahashi, observer: Lt. Koizumi. Shokaku aircraft carrier, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. The leading aircraft of the first wave of dive bombers. Kit: Fujimi (1/72). Decals: AeroMaster.
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