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My first finished kit posted on Britmodeller. PZL P.11c built out of the box from test shots. It is Junior Set boxing, with two markings options (decals printed by Techmod) and small photoetched fret (pilots straps and gunsight) included. Model was finished in 3 days. Painted with Hataka lacquers with some panel shading and weathered with wash (Tamiya black) Oilbrusher (Space Ship Filth) ans some pigments and Tensocroms. Questions and critics welcome.
ROBIN (Juliette Lewis): They don't care about dying, just losing. -- Way of the Gun (dir. Christopher McQuarrie) Hope is the only good god present among men The rest abandoned us and went to Olympus. -- Theognis, Fr. 1135-6 Athenians: Hope, danger's comforter, may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources, if not without loss at all events without ruin; but its nature is to be extravagant, and those who go so far as to put their all upon the venture see it in its true colours only when they are ruined; but so long as the discovery would enable them to guard against it, it is never found wanting. Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang on a single turn of the scale; nor be like the vulgar, who, abandoning such security as human means may still afford, when visible hopes fail them in extremity, turn to invisible, to prophecies and oracles, and other such inventions that delude men with hopes to their destruction. Melians: You may be sure that we are as well aware as you of the difficulty of contending against your power and fortune, unless the terms be equal. But we trust that the gods may grant us fortune as good as yours, since we are just men fighting against unjust, and that what we want in power will be made up by the alliance of the Lacedaemonians, who are bound, if only for very shame, to come to the aid of their kindred. Our confidence, therefore, after all is not so utterly irrational. -- Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, XVI I'll be building the PZL P.11c of Hieronim "Himek" Dudwał, who flew with 113. Eskadra Mysliwska (113 Fighter Squadron) in the Pursuit Brigade responsible for Warsaw's defence. It's just possible that in the famous photo of Polish volunteer fire-fighters watching an aerial duel above Poland's embattled capital, that "Himek" might be somewhere above them: Dudwał was an interesting fellow. Along with Stanislaw Skalski, he was the top-scoring Polish pilot of the September Campaign (both he and Skalski are credited with four victories, though Skalski claimed two more), and before the war he was a keen modeller as well as a fairly good amateur artist. Our own @GrzeM wrote an excellent profile of him for Arma's website. Sadly, although he survived the September Campaign and escaped to France, Dudwał was killed in action aged 26, flying the obsolescent MB152 against the Germans with GCII/10 on 7 June 1940, when he was shot down probably by Leutnant Leonhard Gottmann of 7/JG3. Gottmann himself had only a few months left to live; while flying as adjutant for III/JG3, he was shot down into the Thames on 7 September 1940. We are left to imagine what Hieronim Dudwał might have accomplished had he lived long enough to fly a modern aircraft against the destroyers of his country, and what he might have contributed to the postwar world had he survived the war. As an interesting side note, the two pilots who flew with Dudwał during his first combat flight of the war were Cadet Jerzy Radomski and Senior Airman Mieczysław Kaźmierczak. Kaźmierczak was shot while descending in his parachute on 6 September 1939, but Radomski escaped to France and flew with Dudwał, shooting down a Bf109 on the day the latter died, and ultimately escaped France via North Africa and Gibraltar to fight with 303 Squadron in the latter days of the Battle of Britain. He survived the war and was a flight instructor with 6 FTS until the early 1960s, ultimately retiring from the RAF as a Squadron Leader in the catering branch (!) in 1973, before passing away in 1978. Anyway, on to the kit! The Arma kit is of course lovely, as those of you who've built any of their offerings will know. I managed to lose one of the smaller PE pieces for the cockpit, but got cracking away on the cockpit floor and seat. My understanding is that the Poles painted their aircraft with a slivery lacquer on the interiors, and so I've gone with the Hataka silver colour in their Orange Line set of paints for Polish Aircraft in the September Campaign. I happen to have the surprisingly useful MMP book on Polish instrument panels, which has a nice series of photos of the cockpit cribbed from the PZL P.11c manual, and the kit even has a PE part to duplicate this lever on the control column: (I assume that's the brake?) Tonight I painted the PE and laid down the interior colour, and got started on the cockpit. It feels good to be back.
Just finished it. 1/72 P11c from Arma Hobby. Had some problems with making pictures - that's the reason behind different backgrounds. Still lots of things to improve (it's my 3rd serious aircraft model, I've painted a lot of wargames miniatures in 1/100 - mostly tanks and infantry; will post 1st and 2nd attempt later on with tine tanks as well) - it's not as clean (construction wise) as I wanted it to be, have to be more patient and use more fillers, etc., but I'm quite happy with painting though. Painted with Orange Hataka's (details with Vallejo and Kimera). Lovely model BTW. I'm surprised tbh - polish models we had in 90s were ... not the best, but this one is top notch. Model straight from the box, I've only added "stretches" (not sure if that's correct term in English) next to landing wheels.
PZL P.11c Fighter in Romanian Service 1:32 IBG (32002) For its time, the PZL P.11 was one of the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world. While many nations were still using bi-planes, Warsaw-based PZL (Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze - State Aviation Works) had designed and built an all-metal gull winged monoplane fighter. The high wing provided the pilot with a good field of view and produced less drag that the bi-plane fighters of the time. The type drew orders from overseas as well as Poland. The aircraft was ordered by Romania and was built under licence by IAR. By the time of the German invasion of Poland however, the type was outclassed by the Bf 109. The majority of the Polish Air Force was lost fighting bravely against the invasion. The Romanian aircraft were desingated the PZL P.11b. The PZL P.11C would be the final improved version of the aircraft. It features a new fuselage with the engine lower to facilitae a better forward view. The new Mercury V S2 was a smaller and more powerful engine. The pilots seat was moved towards the rear and slightly higher to give a better view. Upto 36 of the improved fighters were flown to Romania and taken on by their Air Force. The Kit The PZL 11 is one of a growing number of aircraft kits produced by IBG Models. Now they are producing the PZL P.11 kits in 1.32 and the quality is as good if not better than their 1/72 kits. The kit arrives on 12 sprues of grey plastic, a clear spure and a sheet of PE. Here construction starts with the main wheels which are built up and set to one side. We now move to the engine. This is built up from a combination of PE and plastic. The main cylinders are in two parts (front & back) with the smaller parts in PE. Once built this is then set aside also. Nw we can move to the cockpit and internals. The cockpit is a framework which sits inside the fuselage, in front of which sits a large fuel tank! The framework side are built up with many smaller components being added, the floor can then be assembled complete with the rudder pedals. The sides and floor can then be brought together and the pilots seat built up and added in. Ancillary parts can then be added, and at the front the engine mounts are added, its noted there is no firewall to protect the pilot or that large fuel tank he sits behind! Lastly to complete this section the engine is mounted to the front and the fuselage can be closed up around the cockpit. Once the fuselage is closed up the side mounted machine guns are added in. Then we can concentrate on the rear flying surfaces. The tailplanes, fin and rudder are all built up and added on along with their bracing bars. The tail skid is also put on at this point On the underside of the fuselage the fuel tank is slid in and its associated mounting plates added. Next up the undercarriage is made up and added with the wheels which were put to one side at the beginning of the build. The engine cowls now go on along with the exhaust collector ring and propeller assembly. The main wings can then be assembled, these come with separate flaps. The left and right wings are joined by a centre section which attached to the upper fuselage. The wing struts then secure them at the right angle. At the top the gunsights and canopy are fixed on and the last remaining side panels added in if the modeller does not want to leave them off to show off the complete interior. Decals The decal sheet provides three options: PZL P.11c, No.312 Flotila (ex Polish 8.36) Grupul 4, Vanarore, Feb 1941. PZL P.11c, No.8-40 (Ex Polish 8.40), Escarrila 50 Vanatoare August 1940. PZL P.11c, No.317 (Ex Polish 8.46), Scoala de Ofiteri Aviatori Iotnisko Calarasi 1942 The decals are nicely printed by Techmod so will pose no issues. A decal for the instrument panel has been included too. Conclusion There appears to have been a resurgence of interest in the early WWII period and this kit adds to the growing number of kits that represent aircraft from that period. again the Polish firm have produced a very high-quality kit of an important aircraft. The level of detail is excellent and the quality of manufacture is up there with the best. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of