PM Models' 1/72 scale
Messerschmitt P-1111 is available online at Squadron.com
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|Contents and Media:
||16 grey plastic parts on two sprues;
one clear part; markings for one aircraft
||Unique subject; engraved surface
details; attractive box art; good quality plastic.
||Some missing details; intakes not
closed-off; poor undercarriage parts; detail slightly soft, no canopy
framing; thick inner undercarriage doors.
||Recommended for Luft ’46 fans
The Messerschmitt P-1111 was a concept for a streamlined, swept-wing tailless
interceptor. Although the concept looked futuristic, it was well within the
capabilities of the German aircraft industries. Messerschmitt already had a tailless
design (the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet) entering service before the end of
hostilities, but the P-1111 remained on the drawing board.
As far as I am aware, PM’s 1/72 scale P-1111 is the only plastic kit available
of this aircraft in any scale.
It comprises only 16 parts in grey styrene and one clear part for the canopy.
Surface detail is engraved. The recessed panel lines are quite even but slightly
soft. The quality of the plastic is pleasant although the slight surface texture
will benefit from light sanding. This will also help tone down the overstated
Engineering is simple. The upper fuselage and upper wings are
moulded as one piece, and the lower fuselage and wings are the lower half of the
sandwich. The fin is a separate part..
Unlike some of PM’s other releases, this model does include
some cockpit detail.
A floor, seat, control column and even rudder pedals are supplied, but the
instrument panel is inexplicably missing. Enterprising modelers may wish to add
a panel from the spares box as well as a rear bulkhead and some sidewall
There is no attempt to portray intake ducting. This is a particular problem on
this model as the intakes are located on a swept-back angle at the nose of
the aircraft. The result is a big empty hole from one side of the aircraft to
At a minimum, most modellers will want to blank off the hole with some scrap
plastic along the interior centreline of the nose. If you’re looking for a real
challenge you might even try to scratchbuild your own oval-shaped duct tubing!
The undercarriage detail is basic, and the main gear must be sliced apart if the
gear is to be portrayed down. The resulting inside undercarriage doors are
extremely thick. Also, the boxed-in undercarriage bays in the lower fuselage
half feature an odd, raised hatched pattern. Personally, I think this model would look best “in flight”
anyway, mounted on a perspex rod (or your mounting method of choice).
The canopy is supplied in one piece and is quite thin and clear, but lacks any
moulded framing detail.
Instructions are supplied on a single folded sheet and are perfectly adequate
for such a simple model. Decals are similarly simple, but one of the joys of
building a hypothetical model is the opportunity to raid the spare decal box for
some interesting alternative schemes!
Despite the weaknesses of this kit in the area of the intake and missing
details, the fundamental shape and surface details are not bad at all.
The uniqueness of the subject and the very low price will make this an appealing
project for many Luftwaffe ’46 fans.
Thanks to Squadron.com
for the review sample
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 15 October, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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