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Finished: Mirage Hobby 1/48 PZL P.11c

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Finished: Mirage Hobby 1/48 PZL P.11c
Posted by BrandonD on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 1:37 PM

This is one I've wanted to build since I was a kid and read a story about the Polish pilots fighting the Luftwaffe in 1939 in these little outclassed aircraft. I was able to get this one from Mirage Hobby, and it was a fun build. I ran into trouble on the number decal on the underside, where it basically shattered. Fortunately, Tamiya NATO Black is a near-perfect match, so I was able to fix it with paint (See below).

This is one of Mirage's older kits, I think, but it's the only 1/48 injection-molded kit of this aircraft I'm aware of, and the boxing I got had a white metal radiator-looking part on the right side, and photoetched harness, instrument panel and other details. All in all, it was a nice little kit and fun to build.

I painted it with Model Master Field Drab and Tamiya Light Blue. The cockpit was done in Alclad White Aluminum.

 

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PZL P.11 02 c

PZL P.11 01 copy

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PZL P.11 04Thanks for looking!

-BD-

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 3:22 PM

Lookin' good! I'm touched that you are interested in polish history! Nice save with the decals. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Griffin25 on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 3:31 PM

Nice job. It looks great. I can understand your interest. I can't imagine taking on a BF 109 in that aircraft. You have to be half brave & half crazy!! 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 4:27 PM

Half brave and half crazy - sounds like a good description of a polish fighter pilot!

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 5:01 PM

Good effort; didn't know the PZL P.11c was available in 1/48, just knew about the antique 1/72 Revell kit. The P.11c has facinated me for decades no small measure over how brave Polish pilots were battling Luftwaffe Bf.109s up till the surrender outclassed & outnumbered.

At some point "in the future" will get on with a "basic" 1939 Polish Invasion 1/72 aircraft build set with as equally antique kits ala another Revell P.11c, the awful Matchbox He 111, already have one standing in as a P-Model. One fuselage half was moulded incompletely, must effect repairs best I can, also need to get Bf-110C, Ju-87B-1 kits.

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 5:12 PM

Nice build Brandon, and good work on the decal repair.  Can't notice it at all.

I think the Polish pilots were more like 100% brave, with only a pinch of crazy in there.

Cheers, Mark  


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 5:39 AM

Great looking build there BD, really nice to see one of these. Great save on the markings as well.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 12:05 PM

Thanks, all! This was a fun kit - a little dated, but it holds up well. Plus, like I said, if we want injected molded in 1/48, I'm pretty sure this is what you get. And it has the benefit of being reasonably priced.

Pawel - I've always been fascinated by the Polish pilots in WWII and what it must have been like. Of all the Allies, they fought the war the longest. I was lucky enough to visit Poland two years ago and then really wanted to build some Polish planes. I saw several books in bookstores on Polish pilots in WWII I really wanted to read, but I can't speak Polish, so will have to search one out in English. It's a beautiful country with excellent food and nice people, as I'm sure you know!

-BD-

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 4:10 PM

Hello!

That's true, I can tell you a lot of good things about Poland. I always say it's the land of opportunities! Land of the possible! Of course we have our problems, too...

I have just finished reading the auto-biography of Jan Zumbach - if you didn't read it yet, you should try it. Lots of modelling opportunities, too! Like that A-26 he flew in Nigeria/Biafra.

Let me tell you about one scene he describes - the CO of the fighter squadron in pre-war Warsaw wants to do a little show for his pilots. So he gathers everyone in the unit and marches to the aircraft, dressed in a long coat, full uniform, etc. Then, to everyone's surprise he choses a check-out trainer instead of a fighter and takes off. He pulls of a perfect aerobatics display, everything cleanly and professionally executed. Then he lands and walks to his HQ completely naked - he managed to strip while pulling off the aerobatics - that's the way Zumbach describes it.

Thanks for reading, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: HTX
Posted by Kien on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 4:58 PM

Very nice build! I really like the blue underside, to me it seems well done. The bronze nose color is also spot on, great work. 

There is a YouTube called quick kits who made a great video about this model too. He used the exact same scheme.

Kien  

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:09 AM

Looks great!  Always liked that airplane.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:23 AM

Beautiful work there! Always great to see something a little different, and a fine tribute to the stalwart Poles! 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Kien on Thursday, October 05, 2017 10:18 AM

Hey BrandonD, 

I had a quick question. I noticed you use flickr to post images, do you use the BBcode to upload the photos? I just started using flickr and your pictures are great, so I was just wondering. 

Thanks, 

Kien

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, October 05, 2017 10:53 AM

Brandon I, as usual, find your work to be exemplary. Nice save on the decal.

I'd not known about this aircraft - I'm no expert on airplanes but this one seemed to come out of nowhere for me.

I greatly admire how the Polish pilots were: 1. Brave enough to tangle with the much more modern and effecient fighters and bombers and, 2. How they were able to shoot down so many of the Luftwaffe's - at that time - finest aircraft.

Here's what I read on Wikipedia:

"At dawn on 1 September, Capt. Mieczysław Medwecki flying a PZL P.11c was shot down by Rottenführer (Foreman Leader) Leutnant Frank Neubert of I./StG 2 (Stuka), having the dubious honour of becoming the first aircraft shot down in the Second World War. The first Allied air victory was achieved 20 minutes later by Medwecki's wingman, Władysław Gnyś who shot down two Dornier Do 17s with his P.11c. The PZL P.11c was also the first aircraft to successfully ram an enemy aircraft in the Second World War. The first large air battle of the War took place in the early morning of 1 September over the village of Nieporęt just north of Warsaw, when a German bomber group of about 70 Heinkel He 111 and Dornier Do 17 was intercepted by some 20 P.11 and 10 P.7 fighters, and had to abandon their mission to Warsaw.[1]"

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:19 AM

That's pretty cool. Well done.

BK

On the bench: 2x Monogram 1/48 Kingfishers with cockpits and floats, full kit overhauls each

1/32 Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher

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Posted by blackdog62 on Friday, October 06, 2017 5:39 PM

wow Brandon that is a really nice looking buid. how did you cpme up with the drab paint match up for the polish color?

there always seems to be some confusion with the polish colors. there weren't much of anything after the occupation. 

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, October 06, 2017 5:59 PM

Absolutely incredible build.  That was a fantastic save on the decal!  I can’t even tell at all there was an issue.  

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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  • From: providence ,r.i.
Posted by templar1099 on Friday, October 06, 2017 6:20 PM

Really first rate job on an interesting choice.

"le plaisir delicieux et toujours nouveau d'une occupation inutile"

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Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, October 06, 2017 7:05 PM

I'm always facinated by the above the norm aircraft . Well done and above the norm build as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:10 AM

Pawel

Hello!

That's true, I can tell you a lot of good things about Poland. I always say it's the land of opportunities! Land of the possible! Of course we have our problems, too...

I have just finished reading the auto-biography of Jan Zumbach - if you didn't read it yet, you should try it. Lots of modelling opportunities, too! Like that A-26 he flew in Nigeria/Biafra.

Let me tell you about one scene he describes - the CO of the fighter squadron in pre-war Warsaw wants to do a little show for his pilots. So he gathers everyone in the unit and marches to the aircraft, dressed in a long coat, full uniform, etc. Then, to everyone's surprise he choses a check-out trainer instead of a fighter and takes off. He pulls of a perfect aerobatics display, everything cleanly and professionally executed. Then he lands and walks to his HQ completely naked - he managed to strip while pulling off the aerobatics - that's the way Zumbach describes it.

Thanks for reading, have a nice day

Paweł

 

Haha that is a great story! And what a skilled pilot!

-BD-

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:12 AM

Kien

Hey BrandonD, 

I had a quick question. I noticed you use flickr to post images, do you use the BBcode to upload the photos? I just started using flickr and your pictures are great, so I was just wondering. 

Thanks, 

Kien

 

Hi Kien, sorry for the late reply. Basically, I upload from my phone to Flickr, then end up going to the laptop to do my posts here, and I use the embed code from Flickr with the medium size (800 x 800). For the embed, you need to click the <> button in the post editor and drop the embed code into the HTML text (bsically wherever you want it). It's actually less annoying than using Photobuket, given the number of glitches I had with Photobucket, and it keeps me from giving those... .... ... ... folks... any money.

-BD-

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:14 AM

blackdog62

wow Brandon that is a really nice looking buid. how did you cpme up with the drab paint match up for the polish color?

there always seems to be some confusion with the polish colors. there weren't much of anything after the occupation. 

 

Thanks! The color is actually just Model Master Field Drab straight from the bottle. I almost bought the Hataka Polish colors, but read online somewhere that Field Drab is a good match, and it looked the part to me.

-BD-

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:15 AM

Don, Gamera, Mike, BK, Toshi, Templar and Jay Jay - thanks for the kind words! It was definitely a fun build, and I love the subject.

-BD-

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Posted by blackdog62 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:26 PM

yep it dose look the part.

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