Mirage 481001 1/48 PZL P.11c
Best quality plastic model kit in 1/48 scale.
Set contains decals, small sheet of PE metal parts and one resin or metal element (radiator).
Mr. Zygmunt Pulawski of the National Aircraft Works in Warsaw, developed the PZL P11 fighter as a more powerful derivative of the PZL P6. The first prototype P11 was flown In August 1931. by which time the designer had been killed in a flying accident. Further development was entrusted to Wsievolod Jakimiuk. In 1933 Rumania ordered the P11. and in 1933 fifty P11b aircraft were built. In 1935 fifty of the P.11a were built for the Polish AF. In 1934 the prototype o! the improved P.11c was first flown. This differed in having a more powerful engine, smaller fin and a long fairing aft of the cockpit. During 1935-1936 175 P11c fighters were delivered to the Polish AF. During September 1939 Polish pilots, who flew some 150 P11’s, shot down about 100 German aircraft and 3 few Soviet ones. According to research of Mr J. B. Cynk. 2/Lt.. Stanislaw Skalski was the top-scorer with 4 kills, while 2/Lt. Hieronim Dudwal. 2/Lt. Wtodzi-mierz Giedymin. Lt. Wo/ciech Januszewicz, Capt. Tadeusz Rolski. and 2/Lt. Stefan Wapniarek shot down 3 each. Capt, Mieczyslaw Medwecki was the first P. 11 pilot killed in combat. In September 1939 forty three PZL P. 11 fighters flew over to Rumania (including 33 P.11c and 10 P11a aircraft), one P.11 clothe USSR, one P11a to Hungary, and one P.11a to Latvia. One P11c captured by the Germans was displayed at the Aviation Museum in Berlin, and is currently owned by the Polish Aviation Museum in Cracow. The Rumanian AF used 50 P11b, 10 P11a, 33 P.11c and 80. P.11f aircraft (the latter being licence-built in Rumania), a total of 173 P.11 fighters.
The PZL P11c is the most distinguished Polish fighter, although its development exports variant, the PZL P.24, was better known abroad. The P.11 also had the distinction of being the first Allied fighter of WW2.
Single-seat fighter of all metal construction. Open cockpit. Forward fuse/age: trusswork. covered with duralumin panels, rear fuselage monocoque. Gull-wing arrangement (also known as Pulawski's. or Polish wing), two-spar, with struts. Fixed undercarriage, with scissor type twin legs. Armament two 7.9mm machine guns in sides of the fuselage, plus optionally two 7.9 mm guns in wings: tour (two in the radio-equipped version) 12.5 kg bombs under wings. Air-cooled 600 hp Polish Skoda - Bristol Mercury V S2 radial engine. 2.6m two-bladed wooden propeller. Tank for 320 litres of fuel. Cruising fuel consumption 155 l/h.