Azur/Frrom 1/72 PZL P.11f 'In Rumania'
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Short run kit with etched and resin parts|
The PZL P.11 was a Polish fighter aircraft, designed in the early 1930s by PZL in Warsaw. It was briefly considered to be the most advanced fighter aircraft design in the world. The PZL P.11 served as Poland's primary fighter defence in the Polish campaign of 1939, but by that point was outdated due to rapid advances in aircraft design in comparison to more advanced contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109.
The P.11 and its slightly faster brother, the P.24, were good sellers in the overseas market. The P.11 was operated by both Bulgaria and Romania with the latter obtaining a production license under the designation P.11f. Eighty aircraft, powered by 443.7 kW (595 hp) I.A.R. 9K Mistral engines, built as licence production by I.A.R. in Romania. Despite their obsolescence at the start of Romania's entrance into WWII, they were useful aircraft and had some successes against the Soviets.
Markings are provided for five aircraft. All are in an olive green/khaki upper with light blue undersides. Cowlings, lower wing tips and fuselage bands are in yellow. Two of the options also have red fuselage bands behind the cockpit. These planes also have a red stripe atop one wing. A further two have rudder stripes. All are from the late 1941 time period. Something that is always interesting is that there are several different sizes and designs for the insignia used on these aircraft so one will need to pay attention to what goes on which option when one makes their choice. The decal sheet is superbly printed by Aviprint and will be quite thin.
This is another superb kit of an aircraft that was important to nations of central Europe in the late 1930s and early 1940s. If it is anything like the P.24 I built a few years back, it will result in a superb replica.
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