Mirage Hobby 1/48 PZL.37B Łoś
The Łoś featured retractable main undercarriage, which retracted into purpose-built alcoves located within the engine nacelles.
Offensive payload was interestingly spread across a two-section bomb bay set within the fuselage (providing space for up to 4 bombs) and a total of 8 compact bomb bays located in the central section of the wings (which had space for a maximum of 16 bombs).
The Łoś was extensively used in the defense of Poland during the rapid invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September 1939. On 1 September 1939, the Polish Air Force had roughly 86 PZL.37s in total, but less than a half of those actually saw active combat use due to aircraft being used by training units, being in maintenance, or having been held in reserve.
It suffered from a high attrition rate, due to lack of fighter protection, with the final Polish combat missions performed on 19 September. During October 1940, 26 or 27 aircraft that had been evacuated from Poland were seized by the Romanian government, with 23 of them subsequently used by the Royal Romanian Air Force, including offensive missions against the Soviet Union.
Over 120 were built with, sadly, none (but a replica) surviving today.
Mirage Hobby introduced this kit more than 20 years ago. Though all-styrene, it still is a challenging kit to put together.
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