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PZL P.6 1931 from scratch scale 1/32


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Hello everybody,

New project start:

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I would like to show you the model I am working on in my free time at home. This is a model PZL P.6 from 1931 on my 1/32 "racing" scale. The model is to complement the racing collection that I have been creating for several years, the collection of aircraft from National Air Races racing for the Pulitzer award. These spectacular races took place cyclically before the war in Cleveland, Ohio. Poles and their machines presented themselves twice in these races. The first was Capt. Bolesław Orliński on PZL P.6 aircraft in 1931 and a year later Capt. Jerzy Kossowski on the PZL P.11 aircraft (whose model, also from scratch, I have already made)

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The PZL P.6 aircraft was a prototype fighter plane developed in 1930 at PZL (PeZetL) of the Polish Aviation Works. The designer of this modern and ground-breaking construction, for those times, was the outstanding engineer Zygmunt Puławski. PZL P.6 was a further development of the PZL P.1 aircraft concept developed by Puławski for a liquid-cooled in-line engine. In P.6, innovative technical solutions were used, such as the "Polish wing" developed by Puławski, a scissor chassis and a very modern and light, half-shell hull structure. The prototype was a demonstration and experimental machine, it had no weaponry.
At the end of 1930, the aircraft was presented at the International Aviation Salon in Paris, where it was recognized by the industry press as the most modern fighter aircraft in the world.

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In this archival film you can see P.6 and Orliński in action (minute 11:47)

I derive knowledge about this aircraft mainly from monograph PZL P.7 no. 72 AJ Press publishers, but I also support materials for P.11 and P.24, and what I can get from the Internet. The main drawings are enlarged from 1/48 to 1/32 scale and I build the whole model based on them.

 

The hull for forming the hull was made of MDF board, on which I then formed hot (vacu method) half of the hull:

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Because there is no commercially available Gnome-Rhone Jupiter VI model in 1/32 scale, so I made it myself:

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Work on the model is more advanced, so next pictures I will show you soon.

Thank you for your attention, best regards Marcin :)

 

 

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What is said, great show you present us. 

Had the opportunity during lunch today watching the build you gave the link for. 

My brothers son looks into the sky, every time to see if there is airplane. We live close to Bangkoks 2 airports. After a while you hear "Amazing" when he sees one and points his finger, the boy is 2.5 years old, Thai and speaks also a  perfect English for his age.(I like that and also my brother).

Thats what I was thinking during lunch today, amazing.

A real joy to watch your work. Very inspiring.

 

Kind regards,

 

Robert Jan

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  • 5 months later...

Thank you for your appreciation and kind words, it is very motivating :)

Recently, I managed to make a few small elements for the interior of the fuselage. In fact, the hull is practically ready for interior painting. I also made wings, the structures of which were based on the wings from the resin PZL P11c Silver Wings model. I cut the wings properly and remade them to fit the P6, at the same time I improved the profile of the center wing as it is way too flat there. The trailing edge of the center wing is made of a thin brass plate. I glued a carbon flat beam to the wings so that the wings do not bend after a few years (which unfortunately happens in resins). I glued the wings together, giving them the right lift, so that the connection was strong, I glued two steel wires with a diameter of 2 and 1.5 mm into the center. I smoothed out a large amount of polyester putty and gave them the right shape. I painted the rebuilt wings with primer several times and sanded it smooth. By the way, I made new ailerons and made the fins, these elements were made from scratch from polystyrene plates.

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