Review Mirage Hobby 1/48 PZL P11c

The PZL P.11 was a Polish fighter aircraft, designed in the early 1930s by PZL in Warsaw. It was briefly the most advanced fighter aircraft of its kind in the world. The PZL P.11 served as Poland’s primary fighter defence in the Polish campaign of 1939, but with the rapid advances in aircraft design in the late 1930s, it proved outclassed by its rivals at the onset of the war.

The kit comes in a standard top opening box. All the parts are mounted on 2 sprues which are sealed inside a single bag. Attached to the front of the instructions is a resealable bag containing a clear sprue, a small decal sheet and two small photo etch frets. The instructions are printed on semi glossy full size pages.

The box contains:

  • 49 plastic parts on 2 sprues
  • 1 clear part
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 2 white metal figures
  • 1 length of thread
  • 1 clear acetate instrument panel
  • 40 PE parts on 1 fret
  • 1 white metal part
  • instructions booklet

This is a re-boxing of Mirage-Hobby’s earlier kit with some extra parts added and s special decal sheet. However, this is still the best 1/48 PZL P.11c on the market. The decal option and painting guide are for the one aircraft that had an experimental 2 colour camouflage scheme.

The sprue attachment points are reasonable and most ejector pin marks are either out of the way or on the sprue and not a concern. The level of detail on the parts of the kit is very good with subtle recessed panel lines and raised detail where appropriate.

The instructions are very clear and are shown on large black and white diagrams. The kit is built in 8 steps displayed over 2 pages. Colours and extra notes are indicated throughout the instructions. The actions for each step are described below:

  1. The engine is built complete with propeller and has some nice detail.
  2. The cockpit is built and replicates some of the framing of the fuselage. PE seat belts are included.
  3. The fuselage halves are brought together. Thee’s a couple of locating pins to line things up right. The instrument panel is made from PE and acetate film.
  4. Step 4 joins the wings, a single top part and 2 lower parts. There are no locating pins here, but the level of detail on the wings is very good indeed. You have a choice of fitting wing machine guns or not.
  5. This step just tells you to use superglue to fit the white metal radiator.
  6. Step 6 fits the white metal radiator along with the wings, wing struts, engine and cowlings. You have the option of adding bombs under the wings too.
  7. Step 7 fits the tail and canopy.
  8. The finalstep fits the radio aerial.

The colours are called out for parts and sub assemblies through the build as well as on the main painting guide. The paints are called out by name and in Humbrol and Vallejo.

There’s one decal option as there was only one aircraft that had the conceptual camouflage scheme. The decals were produced by Mirage-Hobby and look to be pretty good with minimal backing film for the most part, good colours and alignment. You could maybe trim some film of the large ’33’ and ’62’ but other than that they’re good.

Overall this is a very nicely detailed model of an aircraft that isn’t that well known outside Poland. You will need a couple of kits under your belt to get things lined up, but it is a well designed kit and shouldn’t present any problems. The addition of the photo etch is a bonus and will improve what is already a pretty good kit. The excellent instructions and hints should put you on the right path.

I found this kit available at Mirage Hobby for $43.00 plus shipping.

Many thanks to Mirage Hobby for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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