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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015 - 02:08 PM UTC
Michał Sindera presents his 1:48 scale kit of the first airplane build in Poland after the Great War. The plane was so small that the pilot was flying it sitting almost outside the cockpit. Experience gained by its constructor resulted few years later in designing the bomber PZL.39 "Łoś".



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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015 - 09:31 PM UTC
And here I thought that the Martin Kitten was small!

That's soooo kyoot!
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:01 AM UTC
Hi Michal

What a neat little aircraft! Great build - and a really fine job on the figure too. I think we'll have to send you some of the figure samples that come in occasionally - if you're up for tackling them?

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 01:18 AM UTC
Now that is an interesting model!
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 02:34 AM UTC
Many thanks people for your comments. This was a very relaxing build without too much stretching out so I'm very pleased you like it. I have one more kit from the same company, although a bit bigger - the RWD-10, Polish aerobatic airplane. Maybe it will be one of my next projects and hopefully another feature.

Here's a sample boxart found in the internet.
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 07:02 PM UTC
Such a cute little aircraft, it would probably make a Pitts look big !

Nice!



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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:57 PM UTC
Hi Magnus,
thanks for your comment. How are your Spits and Tanks going? Any chances for update soon?
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 01:00 PM UTC
Amazing little thing. It appears to be in the wrong scale compared to the figure
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 02:01 PM UTC

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Amazing little thing. It appears to be in the wrong scale compared to the figure


Thanks! I think I forgot to mention that the pilot name is Lemuel Gulliver...
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 05:50 AM UTC
Really interesting build and a very nice history lesson. I had no idea planes were made that small. Looks bizarre next to the figure.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 02:18 PM UTC

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Really interesting build and a very nice history lesson. I had no idea planes were made that small. Looks bizarre next to the figure.


Yap, could be really small. Here are few pictures found in the internet.

Here's the designer himself in front of his plane.


www.shinden.org/


www.samolotypolskie.pl


www.odkrywca.pl
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 04:33 PM UTC
Excellent build and presentation Michal.
I still cant believe how small this aircraft is, I'm surprised it had the power to take off with a pilot in it.
Andy
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 06:25 PM UTC

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Excellent build and presentation Michal.
I still cant believe how small this aircraft is, I'm surprised it had the power to take off with a pilot in it.
Andy


Hi Andy,
many thanks for a comment.

The engine was supposed to have the 25hp but after trials it occurred to be no more than 16hp. My lawn mover seems to be stronger. Needless to say it was the British engine...
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 03:42 AM UTC

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Excellent build and presentation Michal.
I still cant believe how small this aircraft is, I'm surprised it had the power to take off with a pilot in it.
Andy



It didn't, well not the first time.

On 25th Feb 1925, after some delays caused by engine problems, Lt Zbigniew Barbiński taxied all over Mokotów airfield but could not leave the ground. The problem was that there was not enough power to overcome a very sharp tailskid that cut deeply into the ground. The tailskid was changed and the next day Barbiński managed to get airborne after a long take off run. Further flights followed but their duration had to be drastically curtailed because of the very temperamental power plant.

The Blackburne engine (with and 'e' and nothing to do with the aircraft manufacturer) was supposed to produce 16 hp (not 26) but failed to develop more than 12 hp and rapidly lost power after a few minutes running.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburne_Tomtit

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1924/1924%20-%200338.html

Much better results were obtained after modifications to the engine including lowering the compression ratio, but the small diameter propeller designed by Jerzy Drzecykacz for higher speed proved unsuitable.