PZL P.11C Wojska Lotnicze (Polish Air Force 1918-1939) 131 Fighter Sqn. 4/804-P(Lt. Henryk Bibrowicz and 2nd Lt. Lech Grzybowski) | World War 2»Invasion of Poland - Poznań -> Małaszewicze September 1939(Result: abandoned) | khaki, silver-blue
Gary Kitchen This is going to be my first real build where I learn as I go and try and develop my skills beyond 'build and paint'. Never worked with PE, primed anything or washes etc. But am really looking forward to it. In hindsight should probably have picked a bigger model and scale, for a first time with PE but cèst la vie...apologies French friends if that's an incorrect accent.
Alex K Good luck with this, Gary! And keep in touch, re your Zumbach projects...
9. May, 01:08
Gary Kitchen Thanks both. I see that the norm is to take a few pics at key stages and so I'll try that. All guidance appreciated.
9. May, 06:47
Gary Kitchen @Alex K thank you and I will. I will hope not too bother you to much once I get my hands on that book. I just need the libraries to open. At the moment the ambition is P.11c>406.c>Hurri>Spit>Auster>Beech18(thanks)> Texan>A26invader
That's a lot of modelling though. And I will probably do it non-sequentially to build the aircraft I didn't build as a kid (sorry Battle of Britain!). One last Q from me: does your book indicate what plane he stole to fly around looking for his unit and ultimately to Romania? I think it was civilian but can't find a make?
9. May, 06:56
Alex K No bother at all, Gary, it's a pleasure. Thanks to you I got to slowly (re)reading Zumbach's book. Regarding the light plane that enabled him to escape to Romania, unfortunately he doesn't give any specifics, only that it was a Polish-made civil light plane requisitioned by a Polish Army unit, the commander of which asked him to do some reconnaissance for them. Sometimes he flew alone and sometimes with an aircraft mechanic - BUT, given that during his final escape to Romania he took along two more pilots, I suspect that this might have been a RWD-13 ( SCM Topic: RWD-13 / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RWD_13 ). From a modeller's point of view, it would have been easier if it was an RWD-5 ( SCM Topic: RWD-5 ), but as this was a 2-seater. and given the extra passengers I think of the RWD-13. But I may be wrong. I wonder if Polish researchers have more to say about this.
9. May, 15:11
Alex K Regarding his immediate post-war / late 1940s smuggling days, I think I have definitely identified four: a Percival Proctor V (the Frog Proctor kit might do the job), two Airspeed Consuls (civilian version of the Airspeed Oxford), and the French-registered Beech 18. We will talk of all this when the time comes. (And I humbly wonder if anybody else has researched this topic...)
9. May, 15:17
Alex K And, yes, this might lead to lots of modelling - as you say, it is rather important that you get your hands on his book (although: don't believe everything he says in it!) - and, I think you are on the right track, first dealing with the more documented wartime warplanes, before tackling the more esoteric postwar aircraft he flew.