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A few things about Witold Urbanowicz and his aircraft.

April 21 2017 at 10:18 AM
Richard  (Login RZP)
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Response to What are Best Kits for Urbanowitz

Off the top of my head, references are at home:

In 1/32:

For his Hurricane, Techmod has markings for one of his aircraft on one of their sheets. As for a kit, there is the Pacific Coast Models Hurricane I (which is unfortunately out of stock) and I believe Fly Models is releasing (or has released) a Hurricane Mk. I. Neither one is "shake and bake", but I have built the PCM kit and it looks the part. The old Revell kit is still around and can be had for not too steep a price. I've seen it made up into some very nice results too.

For his Spitfire IIa (he was taken off operations in July 1941) RF-W P8038, one of the Spits he flew at that time, I don't think there are decals for it in 1/32. As far as I remember it didn't have any special markings apart from the Kosciuszko Squadron badge under the windscreen (no Polish chessboard on the nose yet at this point in the war). It should not be too difficult to put those markings together from generic sheets. As for a kit the choice is yours, Revell has a new tool kit out which needs some upgrades to make it a true Spit IIa (lots of reviews online). Hasegawa also had a hybrid kit out which had nicely engraved wings with a fuselage that had raised panel lines. With a little bit of work the Hasegawa still builds up into a very nice replica.

Urbanowicz never flew Mustangs on operations. He did however fly P-40s with the USAAF 75th Fighter Squadron of the 23rd Fighter Group in China, the Flying Tigers. He was sent on attachment, having previously acted as Polish Air Force liaison in Washington. He was credited with two kills while there, although one journalist mentioned as a source on Wikipedia, who wrote a book on the Polish Forces, says he shot down 11 aircraft while in China. That is doubtful, and Urbanowicz had a remarkable enough career without needing embellishment. The author is not a historian and it shows; the book is full of errors and misleading theories.

1/48 is not my scale so I will leave that up to someone else...


This message has been edited by RZP from IP address on Apr 21, 2017 12:16 PM

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