This pandemic thing and my unexpected retirement has resulted in all sorts of spare time, so I’ve been building models. This is the fourth one in as many months, something I haven’t done in a lot of years.
The model is the Hobby Boss 1/48 IAR-80, an indigenous WWII Romanian fighter based loosely on Polish PZL designs. The airplane saw quite a bit of combat against both the USAAF and the RAF and was among the fighters intercepting the bomber raids against the Ploesti oil refineries. I discovered this one many years ago, but I think this is the first mainstream kit of this relatively unknown aircraft.
It’s a nice little kit, fairly well detailed, low parts count, all the things I like in a model. It’s accuracy has been questioned by the rivet counters, but it looks like an IAR-80 to me, so of I went. There’s a small PE sheet and decals for two aircraft included. What you see here is about two days of work. Of course I got started before checking my references, so the seat and cockpit floor are not quite the right color.
I’ll throw in a plug for the excellent book on this aircraft by master modeler Radu Brinzan, which is a must have if you want to build this aircraft. A friend and I are hatching a plan to scratchbuild a 1/4 RC IAR-80. We’ll see what happens.
4 attached images. Click to enlarge.