During the design of the P.11c model, it was necessary to verify the documentation and to determine precisely the features of the model version. After presenting the 3D model, we have received various questions and comments from modellers. Several elements in the model require a more detailed discussion. Our P.11 model kit contains parts that have been omitted or incorrectly performed on the models of this aircraft. See what you find in model kit..
Selected features of the P.11c model kit from Arma Hobby
The headrest cushion is broad and covers the entire hump reaching the frame of the fuselage. In the middle is the hole through which the belts came out. The detail is apparently visible on the wreck photographs in 1939 and on Romanian P.11. In the machine exhibited in the Krakow museum, the headrest has the form of a small round cushion, and this is incorrectly depicted on many models.
Did P.11c have two or four machine guns? More often only two MGs in the hull were mounted. The equipment for installing the second pair of wing weapons has always been on the airframe. The plane with wing MGs is characterised by barrel protruding from the leading edge of the wings, and the cartridge chute ejector “pipes” mounted.
Visible on the right side of the fuselage over the MG gutter is the longitudinal cover. It hides the shaft driving the radio station’s generators. If the plane had a radio station (which can be recognised by the antenna wires), it means that this cover must be mounted. The model kit set also gives the opportunity to make a model without a radio station.
A separate engine in the model
Why did not we make a separate engine in the model? The engine was almost completely hidden behind the front of the engine cover, which aerodynamically passed into the fuselage. Most of the cylinders were covered by the exhaust manifold pipes anyway.
The exhaust gas collector in P.11c was a ring forming the front of the engine casing, from which the individual pipes connecting it to the cylinders emerged. That’s how we gave it back in our model.
The bottom of the front fuselage in P.11c
The bottom of the fuselage contains many details that were worth rendering in the model. Therefore, together with the model’s chassis, we have modelled the bottom part of the fuselage. This feature allows a modeller to maintain the geometry of the legs of the wheels but also enables to model the details of the inlet to the carburettor, cooling outlets and the fuel tank and fixing points of the chassis tension.
Propeller of the P.11c
Although initially, we planned differently, the unique shape of the propeller required separating it with a hubcap. Thanks to this, we get the correct prop body with no problems with catching the right geometry.
See models of the PZL P.11c in the Arma Hobby store.
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