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PZL P.11c

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Catalogue Number: MG48101 - PZL P-11C
MG48102 - PZL P-11c Fighter-Bomber
MG48103 - PZL P-11C Rumanian AF
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See Text for Details
Price: USD$19.96 each from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Dimensionally accurate; well detailed; excellent surface details; resin and photo-etched parts included; three interesting versions; no serious fit problems evident; very nice marking options; high quality decals.
Disadvantages: Some flash
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Mike Dobrzelecki

Images by Bob Hester


Mirage Hobby's 1/48 scale PZL P.11c may be ordered online from Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

Pulawski's elegant gull-winged fighter is a shape that has evaded the abilities of kit manufacturers for years.

Happily, Mirage has taken a quantum leap forward in capturing this complex aircraft in model form with the release of their trio of 1/48th scale kits. \

Complete with both resin, photoetch and an instrument panel film, any modeler wll be able to build a great 1/48th scale P.11c straight out of the box. Starting at $19.95 from Squadron, it's a bargain. I recommend buying several.

Here is my detailed review, a combined In Box/Tape Together/Comparison to the LTD kit and some notes on the old Gary Atlee detail set ofr the LTD kit. At the time of writing this review i had just started planning and building the kit. I include some cautionary notes and suggestions from my examination of the kit parts and work done to date to help modelers build the kit. As a bonus, I included what I know about the history of the kit and the additional aftermarket goodies to come.


 

The Three Kit Versions

  1. 48-101 Fighter version with photo-etch and resin radiator. Markings: S.Skalski's "White 64" 141 "Wild Ducks" Eskadra and H.Dudwal's famed "White 10" ( See Note to Follow) of 113 "Owl" Eskadra

  2. 48-102 Fighter-Bomber version with photoetch, resin radiator and four exquisite slender resin 12.5 kg bombs. Markings: "White 2" 121 "Winged Arrow" Eskadra ( the markings for the sole remaining P.11c now in the Krakow Air Museum's collection ) and T.Sawicz's / A.Gabszewicz's "White 4" 114 Swallow" Eskadra.

  3. 48-103 Fighter version with photo-etch and resin radiator. Markings: Romanian Air Force "White 315" Escadrille 49 Bucharest-Banessa Aerodrome, 1942 and a curious one-off Polish machine, "White 3", of the Pursuit Brigade in based in Warsaw during the September Campaign with a test camouflage consisting of a splinter scheme of dark green over Polish Khaki.


 

The Box Art

For decades the box art on kits has inspired young and old modelers alike to buy the kit and build it. For a time the evil lawyers demanded that the "truth-in- advertisement' rules ( there's an oxymoron !) dictated that only a photos of the actual model was acceptable. Hopefully we have the end of that bid of litigouis madness.Happily, the Mirage P.11c kit box art is some of the best in the hobby.

48-101 depicts Dudwal's "White 10" 113 Eskadra after completing a successful head-on firing pass on a bullet-riddled He-111 coded 5J + CN. Two things are brought out in the illustration. The Luftwaffe first learned of the defensive weakness of the He-111 in combat in the skies over Poland. The second thing is that Polish pilots flying the relatively slow P.11c often could only resort to two types of attack - head-on, or diving from a greater altitude to catch their more speedy opponents. The one possible error is that "White 10" is depicted as a 4-gun P.11c, when the instructions state that it was a late production gunless-wing version.

48-102 shows the Krakow Museum 121 Eskadra "White 2" after a bombing attack on a Wehrmacht truck convoy - the Polish 12.5 kg bombs perhaps wreaking more havoc than they were really capable of, but, dramatic, neverthless. "White 2" may have been flown by Wladek Gnys's squadron mate and friend, W.Krol.

48-103 has two Romanian P.11c's circa 1942 in a staggered formation with the lead machine in the background already peeling off to either turn to port or commence a diving attack. The kit's "White 315" is in a shallow dive prominent in the foreground and, although it appears just about to heel over to follow the leader, its pilot is actually looking down to starboard, so when he returns to a forward view, he's going to be in for a bit of a suprise, since his leader is not going to be there!




The Instruction Sheets

The instruction sheets for all three kits have standard assembly instructions noting the differences found on P.11c's, namely whether they were four-gun versions, early two-gun versions or late production two-gun versions, whether they had a radio fitted and, finally, whether they had wing racks for bombs ( I thought that they all had this capability). Lack of radios and aircraft machine guns plagued the Polish Air Force (PAF) for years. The information on the individual markings in each kit tell you what equipment was fitted for each aircraft, who flew the aircraft, whether some markings remain unknown or undefined ( in which case, both versions of markings are supplied) and, finally, whether there was a variation between pre-war markings ( for instance white underwing buzz numbers for pre-August 1939 and black from August 1939 on). The research that went into the kits is superb - Bill Bosworth/Accurate Minitaures quality - and the contributors's names are noted, as are the modeling/aviation references. The sheets are in English, as well as Polish. As with any kit instruction sheet, I strongly advise that even the most seasoned modeler take time to thoroughly read it - with these kits it's even more important. One example is their correctly telling modelers to leave the gap in between the horizontal stabs and the fuselage alone - do not fill it. The instructions also show how the modeler can add certain items, such as sprue or wire here and there, which will enable a modeler competing in U.S. IPMS contests to stay within the rules for "Out-of-theBox", while adding such detail. One minor mystery is an un-numbered part next to the rear cockpit bulkhead part no. 17. The un-numbered part is a backing plate on which to mount the the PE / film instrument panel. It also not listed in the instructions.

The sheets have a mix formula for the paints using Humbrol - FS 30118 for a faded version of Khaki - 100% Humbrol H142 - Matt Field Drab ( there's a typo on the sheet listing it as H124, which can't be correct, as this color is Satin Petrol Blue) or the non-faded areas FS 30118/20122 - a mix of 92% H142 -Matt Field Brown- and 8% H163 - Dark Green. The Light Blue underside color is matched to FS 35526 and the Humbrol mix is 90% H130 - White and 10% H89 - Matt Middle Blue. The only problem is that Humbrol H142 is not generall available through U.S. distributors, according to my hobby sources. U.S. modelers may have to get this color from off-shore sources. These colors were identified during the restoration work on the Krakow P.11c. Like most preserved aircraft it had been repainted a number of times. Using similar techniques that the NASM uses, the restoration staff believe that they found unweathered examples of both colors in between join surfaces of parts. Polish aviation enthusiasts shared this information with me back in 1989 and even sent me some scrapings, when I was coordinating the series of 50th Anniversary Exhibits sponsored by the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, the first entitled, "Poland Invaded". One of the artifacts lent to the Intrepid was an original section of corrugated skin from a PZL. Underneath the repainted surfaces one could see weathered portion of the original Polish Khaki and on the join surfaces, the unweathered darker example basically resembling a very brownish shade of Olive Drab. Ironically, the Krakow example, when repainted, came out a bit too green in cast.

When I built the models for the 1989 exhibit, I mixed a batch using the older Polly S line, which had a number of richer warmer colors than the current Polly Scale Line. I have some of my original batch of Polly S mix for Polish Khaki, which still seems serviceable. A few years back, when my brother built the old LTD P.11c kit, I helped him mix Polish Khaki from Model Master using 60% German Panzer Chocolate Brown (Schokoladenbraun) Testors # 2096 about 35% of RLM 81 Braunviolet Testors # 2090 with about 8-10 drops of insignia red and the balance, about 5-6 drops of a dark blue. My brother Ron commented on how much this particular mix changes with different lighting - which kind of reminds me of the peculiar chameleon nature of Polish Khaki. The Polish Light Blue can be mixed using RLM 65 Helblau as a base with a bit more dark blue and a drop of gray or black. Although some modelers like using RLM 76 as the base color, I would not suggest it. Interiors of most P.11's were painted in a silver lacquer, a sample of which I was also sent back in 1989. Recent information has surfaced that some might have received a light gray finish, but silver lacquer/aluminum is the dominant choice for the interior. Follow the color guides on the instruction sheets for detail painting.

 

 

The Kit

 

By my count, the kit includes 49 plastic parts, 39 PE parts and 1 resin part ( radiator ) in 48-101 & 48-103 and 5 resin parts (1 radiator & 4 bombs ) in 48-102.

Taken in turn, the plastic parts are molded in light gray plastic, so dear to the hearts of pre-shaders, on 2 trees ( sprues).


 

Accuracy

Measuring out the main kit parts against published dimensions and the drawings in the AJ Press P.11 monographs, it appears to be spot-on, within .25mm in most cases, and that may be due to my ruler being worn down a little. The wingspan is 35 ft. - 2in.( 10.72m), as it should be, and the length of the fuselage is 24 ft. - 9 1/4 in. (7.55m), as far as I can tell by just putting the unbuilt parts "together" with tape. It is light years ahead of the LTD kit, which suffered from a myriad of problems, including wing shape ( incorrect center section ) and size with the chord being too short by at least 2mm, the fuselage on the old kit was 2mm too long and the nose section was horribly shaped, the prop was terrible and the wheels were too small by 2 mm, just to name some of the problems. Mirage has taken care to correct all of these errors and then gone several steps forward.

 

Comparison of LTD ( light gray plastic ) and Mirage ( darker gray plastic ) fuselages



The corrugations are finely executed and the rest of the panel lines are all engraved and nicely rendered, for the most part. Some Polish modelers have commented on the inaccuracy of some of the panel lines. A comparison to the drawings in the AJ Press books only reveals that the problems, if any ( I don't see it) are not even worth mentioning in my opinion, although I understand that even more information has surfaced on the panels lines and other P.11c details ( tail skid, for instance), since these books were issued. Correcting any panel lines would be difficult, as it may lead to wiping out some of the fine corrugations engraved. I recommend leaving well-enough alone. I understand that a new set of P11.c drawings will be coming out shortly in a Polish hobby magazine, which incorporate alot of new and corrected information. The ribs on both the lower wing panels and the fin and rudder appear to be a bit too pronounced when comparing them to photos of the sole remaining P11.c in Krakow. If I'm correct, a pass with 600 grit sandpaper is all that's needed to slightly reduce them. Judge for yourself on the latter, before going ape s#*t with with the sandpaper.

 

Comparison of LTD ( light gray plastic ) and Mirage ( darker gray plastic ) top wings.

 

The location of items, struts, ejection fairings, etc., on the underside of the wing are clearly marked with smooth areas on the corrugated surface.


 

Engineering and Kit Parts

Mirage wisely molded the upper wing in one piece, which will go a long way in preventing the type of problem I noticed on many P.11 kits built, especially the LTD kit - namely the dreaded bird-like "flapping wing" effect, usually frozen in the down stroke. The center section of the upper wing is particularly well-molded to match the original.

I noticed that the wing tips will require some repair where they are detached from the sprue.

The fuselage nicely captures the very complex curves of the nose, the gun troughs are well defined and the gear and wing strut location holes are nicely done. One area that could have been done better are the louvers on the nose. They should be deeper and more defined. The surface finish of the fuselage in all other respects is great - the molding very crisp.

There is a small sink hole on the underside of the nose on a fuselage half of one of the kits I received, but it is not on the other kit. In dry fitting the fuselage halves together I noted that they were off-center for two reasons - the locating pins/holes mis-match were a problem and there was some flash on the join surface . A half a minute is all that is needed to trim the locating pins and sand the join surface of two fuselage halves - good advice for most kits, by the way. Once you got the fuselage halves together and sanded, I recommend scribing the oval outline of the bottom of the jettisonable fuel tank on the underside of the fuselage. Most photos show that there was quite a gap there, so make it deep and give it a wash. l like how Mirage provided the cut-out for the Pulawski landing gear spring-rod actuation just forward of the tank outline. Some thought might have to given to blanking off the see-though effect in this area, however, depending upon how "IPMS judge-aware" you are ( I'm one! ).

Although at the time of the review, I have yet to assemble the cockpit and install it into the fuselage, the same issue may have to be addressed to avoid the see-through problem when looking forward into the cockpit.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images of kit sprues:


Dry fitting the upper wing/ lower wing assembly to the fuselage, you'll notice the love and care put into the engineering of this part of the kit. On the lower surface of the top wing, there is a triangular projection on the center of the leading edge, which facilitates properly blending the assembly together. The only problem is that there is a step from the lower wing panels to both this projection and the fuselage, which will have to be corrected. Before completely gluing the wing to the fuselage, some thought will have to given to ensuring that the winscreen sill area on the fuselage is sufficiently spread to match the underside of the windscreen before gluing the the front of the cockpit sill area to the trinagular projection at the trailing edge of the center section of the top wing molding, less you wing up with a repair job - an ounce of prevention being the key theme here. It is possible that the mysterious part ( instrument panel mounting plate ) on the tree next to part no. 17 might serve as a sufficient "spreader" bar to prevent any problems there, but I have not tested the assembly as of this writing.

The smaller plastic parts are nicely done, with just a few minor exceptions. Modelers will note that the instructions tell you to use parts 22B and 23B for the tear-drop shaped shell ejection chute fairings, which have the notch on the opening for both undersides of the wing facing to port. The kit also provides two more 24B and 25B that face starboard. After checking with several Polish aviation/modeling enthusiasts, it turns out that the instructions are correct - they should both face port, since the guns were not handed - left and right. I undestand that the original mold designer did not have an answer in time to make the decision, so, Mirage simply provided both left and right hand versions, hoping that answer would come, but they did not want to hold up production of the kit - now that's thoughtful. I have also been told by another Polish modeler that the wing stuts may be 1.5mm too short, although I have not test-fitted them, yet, myself. These gentlemen have also hinted that the location of the radiator on the starboard side of the fuselage may be off a bit. Let's see what the new drawings will show, but, this will take some work to correct, given the prominent molding of the opening for the radiator on the starboard fuselage.

In another "first", Mirage's engineering on the spinner and prop finally captures these shapes.

 

Comparison of Mirage cowl parts (darker gray plastic) on left
and LTD parts (light gray plastic) on right
(Note: off-center placement of Mirage parts is my fault and not a flaw in the kit)

 

It is the unique design of the rear of the spinner that makes this possible. I would suggest tacking the cap onto the rear half of the spinner without the prop installed to lightly sand these to blend the perfect cone. Pop it apart and then install the prop. The forward engine fairing is not too bad, but the cooling slots scream out for drilling. Check photos and drawings to do this properly. The cowling and forward engine cooling ring are serviceable and the Bristol Mercury is adequate. Modelers will have to add the engine cowling support strut/wires so prominent in photos and drawings. The fairing, cowling, engine and cooling ring will require some trimming and adjustment, as the rear of the conical fairing does not quite reach the forward end of the fuselage when installed over the Merc - the problem being the front projection on the Merc, itself - keep trimming till it fits. I would aslo suggest tacking together the front collector ring and cowling panels and giving them a pass with the sand paper to blend the shape, as there is a bit of a mold line around the back of the cooling ring. Also, remove the nubs from inside the cowling panel halves. I would have prefered separate push rods for the Merc, but very little of the front of the engine is visible once the conical engine fairing is in place. I also checked out the "Engines and Things" Bristol Mercury nad some trimming will be required to allow fitting of this after-market item, although it does provide the age parts on the engine/cowling assembly to the LTD parts once again proves how superior the Mirage kit is.

Rounding out the "small bits", the wheels are the proper diameter - some clean-up will be necessary on the areas where they are detached from the sprues.. The horizontal stabs are as good as the wings.

The pitot shape is slightly different than that on most photos. The kit has two cones of almost equal size. On the real McCoy the front cone is smaller than the rear cone on the venturi. Modelers may also want to add the tube projecting out of the front cone, as well as, the curved connecting tube from the front cone to the fuselage.

The other small parts are pretty good right out of the box, including the guns, tail skid, etc. It's up to the modeler how far he wants to improve on the kit parts.

The clear windscreen is thin and well molded. Although the kit parts are pretty good, I would replace the handhold handles in front of the cockpit with wire.


 

Interior, Photo-etch and Resin Parts

The kits provide enough plastic, resin, PE and film to fashion a very respectable "busy-looking" interior straight out of the box. There is a very annoying nub on the cockpit floor that I had a devil of a time removing while not damaging the surrounding surfaces.

The seat and rear bulkhead one-piece molding from the Gary Atlee detail set that was made for the LTD kit fits in the Mirage kit, if anyone cares, although I would not prefer to use the rest of the Atlee cockpit, which is no longer available.

The PE provided by Techmod in the kit is mostly for the interior, with the rest of the items allowing very detailed wing bomb racks, fuselage inspection panels, the strap holding the jettisonable fuselage fuel tank, two different gunsights and a bead sight, radio aerial mounts, airleron hinges, frames for handhold/foothold kickplates, etc.

 

 

The PE is somewhat softer than usual fare and care must be taken not to bend parts while working with them. The instrument panel PE is great, as is the film for the instruments. Also provided on the fret are the two pull-rod knobs, part No.PE3 - paint them yellow. I have questioned the accuracy of the red face on the uppermost left-side instrument, but apparently, it is highly probable that some of the Gerlach-made instruments had color faces. The insturctions tell you to paint the back of the film in flourescent paint - it will be tricky just trying to paint the numbers and needles flourescent, while leaving the rest of thethe dial faces in red. The one PE part that does not work well is the landing strut spring rods. This should be replaced with either a flattened and shaped metal wire or the PE part should be superglued to plastic flat strip and sanded to render a slightly more substantial thicker part.

Kit Nos 48-101 and 48-103 come with one resin part - the radiator, which although nicely molded, is an item that is better rendered from PE.

 

 

48-102 adds in four exquisitely molded Polish 12.5kg bombs, an elegant slender design that will really look nifty mounted to a bantam-weight P.11c fighter-bomber.

 

 

Accounts from the September Campaign are replete with stories of Polish pilots bravely attacking German ground targets and the losses they suffered in the process.




Decals

Although I have not tested them, the Techmod decals provided in the kits are well-printed, in register and by all accounts, go down nicely. The careful research done by Polish aviation historians really shows up on the sheets. They have incoporated alot of new information recently confirmed and for the items that are still somewhat in doubt, they give you a choice of variations - that's a quality kit manufacturer.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:

Decal sheet for kit 48-101

Decal sheet for kit 48-102

Decal sheet for kit 48-103

  • 48-101 provides the 113 Eskadra Owl insignia on a Light Blue triangular badge, per the more recent Polish research. For years we thought that all of these badges were on a white background. New on tis sheet, though, is a choice of either White or Light Blue for the "No.10" for Dudwal's machine. Both Black and White underwing "buzz numbers" are provided - White being pre-August 1939, and the Black, August 1939 and after. Skalski's P.11c is presented as No. 64, rather than the previous popular No.66 always identified with Skalski, whom I met and got really plastered with back in 1989. The sheet generously provides a full set of PZL font serial numbers in a choice of red, white and black to facilitate building other aircraft. Both the P.11c designator and the PZL factory symbol for the fin is included, but modelers are cautioned to not robotically add the latter, as it did not appear on alot of P.11's - check photos first ! Added bonuses include the weight table for the starboard side of the rudder and the prop decals, the first time this has been offered.

  • 48-102 provides both versions of the 114 Eskadra Badge with the black swallow, one on a White triangle, the other on a Light Blue triangle. Sawicz, another Polish pilot I met, who flew "White 4", believes the 114 Eskadra badge was White, while most of the latest indications hint that it was Light Blue. The comments regarding the other details on sheet 48-101 apply to 48-102 & 103.

  • 48-103, of course, provides the Romanian markings, described earlier, as well as, the experimental Polish camouflaged "White 3".

About the only thing still useful from the LTD kit is the Gnys markings for "White 5" from 121 Eskadra, however, the accuracy of these markings has been the subject of some doubt lately, given the lack of confirming photographs for his aircraft tying together aircraft number, "buzz number" serial number, and general markings with the pilot in question. Even his claim for having obtained the first allied air-to-air kill now has more competition than ever from other Polish fighter pilots, whose claims are starting to hold a bit more water they have in the past.

 

 

Evolution and History of the Kit

 

For U.S.and International modelers privy to the "history" behind the evolution of Accurate Minitaures kits, the story behind Mirage's PZL P.11c is just as fascinating. This is what I have been able to piece together from both people at Mirage and other Polish modelers.

As I stated earlier, Polish hobbyists, in general, and Polish model manufacturers, in particular, wanted an accurate PZL P11.c kit. Nobody, in any scale or media, had come close to capturing the complex shape of Pulawski's elegant, almost art deco, gull-winged fighter. The complex design, combined with the corrugated surfaces, was, admittedly, a daunting task. Broplan's 1/48th scale vacuform PZL P.7 and P.11a came the closest, and remain the best of these variants to date in any scale. But, these kits have their own problems. All other kits required major surgery to just about all parts and dimensions. Both Techmod and Mirage had started work independently on molds for a 1/48th scale P.11c kit awhile back. There was, and continues to be a relationship between the two companies. At some point in time it was decided to continue with the Techmod mold, and combine their deisgn to Mirage's experience in marketing plastic kits (Mirage is also the distributor of Hasegawa in Poland). Before the deal was struck, Mirage performed the usual market research to see if a P.11c kit would be a successful product and a positive enough response was received to cement the deal between Techmod and Mirage about a year ago. Although Mirage's own P.11c design was quite complete in CAD design, Mr.Zielinski, Mirage's owner, decided that since Techmod's actual mold was already advanced that Mirage's CAD plans would be shelved and the Techmod mold would be the vehicle.

Mirage had started their own design based on painstakingly detailed study of the existing P.11c in Krakow. There are no known original set of original blueprint drawings for this PZL fighter and the sole remaining P.11c is not complete in its original equipment. For instance, the current wheels are replacement items that are smaller than those on the original and some instruments are merely approximates. They supplemented their own research with that of other Polish aviation experts. Some of the topics of discussion included wing cross sections, location of fuel caps, radio equipment and antennas.

On the Mirage staff, Piotr Mrozowski was one of the key people driving the research, the attention to detail and lobbying for improvements prior to release - a kind of Polish Bill Bosworth. Some of the improvements added along the way, especially the last 3 months, include revision and straightening of some panels lines, rework of the cowling/engine assembly and replacing some original plastic items with improved multi-media substitutes - the resin radiator being one of them. Other improvements deemed of marginal gain or prohibitive cost were shelved. Mirage cooperated with Techmod in producing the PE fret designed by a Tomasz Gronczewski (according to my information), which bears the Techmod label, but the resin parts are Mirage's contribution.

Mirage also lavished their attention on the informative instruction sheet, research of the camouflage schemes and markings, all of which resulted in the beautiful Techmod decal sheets in the kits - a true labor of love of a number of people. Key Polish avaition experts and modelers including, but probably not llimited to Cynk, Glass, Kopanski, Morgala, Szewczyk, Witkowski, Grabowski, pored over the existing photos, drawings, reports, interviews with original Polish pilots and scale drawings to give the modeling world the most accurate information possible. "Thanks, everybody !"

I have heard also that, despite all of their great work, Mirage was still not 100% happy with the kits, and I think that this is a good thing, which augers well for the modeling community. Any model company that is not satisfied is a company that wants to strive for bigger and better accomplishments. I already hear that they are applying the same professionalism in planning and designing their PZL P.23 Karas, which originally was to be released prior to the P.11c kit. I understand that the main sprues are done and the clear parts are being worked on. I loved the Lublin R XIII's I built more than 13 eyars ago.

I love the P.11c kits and I, for one, can't wait for the next product out of Mirage. If I have left anyone's name unmentioned or if anyone has comments on details of the evolution of the Mirage PZL P.11c kit please feel free to make corrections in the Hyperscale forum.

To Mr. Zielinski and all those who worked on the P11.c kit: "Well done, gents !!"

 

 

Aftermarket Products on the Horizon

 

Rumors of goodies to come include at least two Polish companies and a U.S. based operation. From the Polish company ( the name, for which, I choose not to reveal), a complete upgrade containing a entirely new engine assembly, together with a positionable PE cowling and a combined resin/PE interior set and open wing gun bays. Those modelers lucky enough to possess the old Gary Atlee detail set for the LTD kit, still have at least two useful parts, the control stick and the strut-mounted gun camera. The resin and PE sets to come will probably make the Gary Atlee product superfluous.

It seems to me that the Polish PE company, PART, could take the "down and dirty route" of simply releasing a 1/48th scale version of their 1/72nd scale fret originally released for the Heller kit. Perhaps, all the parts would not fit, but the interior parts and the multi-frame radiator would be welcome additions. Rumor also has it that Tomasz Groczewski is designing a purpose-built expanded PE fret for the Mirage kit, which will be marketed by Techmod.

Rumors also have Techmod preparing a release of additional decal(s) on thier own to supplement those in the kits. The markings rumored include:

  • 48-057 "10" 161Eskadra K.O.P. ( Frontier Guards ), Spring 1939; "4" 161 Eskadra K.O.P Lt.Jan Dzownek, Spring 1939; "11" 131 eskadra; "8" 113 Eskadra Late 1938

  • 48-058 "9" 161 Eskadra 1939; "65" 142 Eskadra s/n 8.25; "1" 112 Eskadra s/n 8.14, 1936; "9" 132 Eskadra

  • 48-059 "6" 141 Eskadra Spring 1939; "2" 161 Eskadra Spring 1939; "1" 112 Eskadra s/n 8.14, 1936; "5" 111 Eskadra

  • 48-060 "66" Skalski's aircraft 142 Eskadra Sept 1939; "4" 152 Eskadra s/n 8.110 Stanislaw Brzeski Sept 1939; "8" 112 Eskadra s/n 8.114 stanislaw Krol, 1939; & 162 Eskadra - Czeslaw Glowczynski, Sept 1939.

Another U.S based firm is working on a 111 Kosciuszko Squadron aircraft and others on their sheets.

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

The following Polish modelers and aviation buffs helped me to prepare the kit review:

  • Piotr Wisniewski,

  • Franek Grabowski,

  • Wociech Perkowski,

  • "Sean" Brzozowski

Any errors in my text are my own.

Many thanks also to Wojciech B. Buhlak from Mirage who supplied the review kits.

One minor additional note: The possible problem with the the wing struts being 1.5mm too short may have been due to another Polish modeler mixing up front and back struts.

Happy Polish modeling everyone!

Thanks to Mirage Hobby for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2002 by Mike Dobrzelecki
Images Copyright 2002 by Bob Hester
Page Created 14 November, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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