Julien Posted December 24, 2018 Share Posted December 24, 2018 PZL P.11c (70015 & 70016) 1:72 ARMA HOBBY For its time the PZL P.11 was briefly the most advanced fighter of its type in the world. While many nations were still using bi-planes Warsaw based PZL had designed and built an all metal high gull winged monoplane fighter. The high wing provided the pilot with a good field of view and the single wing 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 Roumania with the Romanian IAR building them under license as well. However by the time of the German invasion of Poland the type was outclassed by the Bf 109 and the majority of the Polish Air Force was lost fighting bravely against the invasion; though up to 36 were flown to Roumania. The Kit This is a new tool kit from ARMA Hobby. This is offered in a "Junior Set" comprising the Kit, PE, and 2 decal options; or the "Expert Set" with kit, PE, Masks and 4 decals options. The kit is well moulded with the right level of detail to my eye in this scale. Construction starts in the cockpit area. The floor is matched with the rudder pedals, the seat and control column are then added to this. PE seat belts are provided. Inside the fuselage halves the tubular support structure is then added, once this is in the cockpit section can then be placed in and the fuselage joined together. At the top of the fuselage the pilots head rest is then added. On the underside an insert is added which contains the landing gear struts, This is good engineering as the modeller does not have to worry about getting the angle of the struts right, or waiting for them to set. At the front of the fuselage the engine is placed in its cowl and the whole lot is added. The wheels and tail skid are also added. The windscreen is added along with the two part main wing. The two main struts each side can then be added. A few detail parts then complete the build. Markings There are printed by Techmod so should pose no problems. 2 marking option are provided for the Junior kit 121 Eskadra Myśliwska 2 /39-K 8.63 (Waclaw Szczepan Krol) 122 Eskadra Myśliwska 8 /142-K 8.34 (Cadet Wladyslaw Chciuk) For the Expert kit there are 4 options; 113 Fighter Sqn., Pursuit Brig. 10 / 170-N 8.70 (poruczik Hieronim Dudwal) One of the Sqn.s of the Pursuit Brigade. 3 / 62-W 8.138 131 Fighter Sqn. 4 / 804-P (Lt. Henryk Bibrowicz and 2nd Lt. Lech Grzybowski) 141 Fighter Sqn. 55 / 504-T 8.108 (Cpt. Florian Laskowski) Conclusion It is great to see this important Polish Aircraft being kitted by a Polish company. Highly recommended. Junior Set Expert Set Review samples courtesy of 5 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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