PZL 11c by LTD Models
Greetings to all iModeler colleagues/friends. My latest kit is another Ltd Models kit - the PZL P.11c in 161 Squadron markings. This plane was on detached service to the Border Protection Corps (Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza - KOP) in 1939. The KOP was an elite service within the Polish Army which served to secure the eastern border with the USSR from 1924 until September 1939.
The kit is a limited run LTD Models kit which I consider to be that company's most successful kit. It was not surpassed until the Mirage Models kit arrived in the early 2000s. The kit lacks the details of the Mirage kit, but is otherwise reasonably accurate and the LTD decals were superb.
Decals were a combination of original kit decals and Techmod No. 48057. Techmod research seems to have concluded that the Turkey symbol was a personal marking on aircraft number 4, and only on the starboard side, in front of the number 4. I acknowledge their work, but I based my model on the Profile Publications No 75 (copyright 1966), which concluded the Turkey emblem was 161 Squadron symbol and was put on No 10 in the summer of 1939, even though no picture of that has survived. Aircraft 10 photo (w/o the Turkey symbol) was featured in that publication - that photo is included here. As a result, my model either represents the real thing, or it represents the publication I have used as a PZL P.11c reference for many years. Caveat emptor, re whether my version is authentic. I just think it looks cool with that squadron symbol.
Next up: Mirage Models excellent PZL P.24 in Greek AF markings.
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