The PZL P.11 was the most advanced fighter in the world when it entered service in 1934. However it was still Poland’s front line fighter when Germany invaded in September 1939 and was outclassed by modern German fighters.
The Pañstwowe Zaklady Lotnicze – State Aviation Works (PZL) P.11c was a refined version of the earlier P.7 which entered service with the Polish Air Force in 1933.
It had the same general layout with an inverted-gull wing, which gave the pilot exceptional visibility, and a refined and strengthened fuselage with a more powerful engine.
The prototype P.11 made its first flight in August 1931 and production commenced in 1934.
In all, 175 were produced for Polish use and a further 130 were built for Romania.
When it entered service it was the most advanced fighter in the world but a series of problems meant the P.11 was still Poland’s front line fighter at the start of World War II.
This model represents a P.11c at .Lwów air base in early 1939.
Master Kit 1/72 kit. Completed in September 2012.