I’m building a model of a PZL P.11a. Revell made a kit in 1/72 and I never built it when I was a kid. Old Lew Glaser tried to teach me something but I was too stubborn and stupid to get it.
The fight between Germany and Poland was a grudge match. Poland has been hostile to its neighors for centuries, and so it was logical that the big war should start there. Poland has always been a country that “should not have existed” according to neighbors who were openly hostile. Eventually, somebody had to die.
But the campaign in Poland wasn’t what I wanted to remember when I was little. Too “short.” Not enough “action.” Not enough heroic pilots fighting the evil-doers by throwing flaming furniture at them as the log house burned down around their ears.
Years of inhuman struggle, to be decided by a final, last-ditch effort spearheaded by the elite team of hardened veterans, with blood and guts ground into the paint of “Slutty Betsy” or “My Mom” or whatever.
Did I miss any cliches??
Reality is different. Polish pilots went on to kill a lot of Germans, working for the RAF and the USAAF, or both. A Polish-American became one of the highest “scoring” pilots in two wars (Gabreski).
I have a couple of copies of the Revell kit now. And some decals from Techmod. We’ll see what I can do.
…oh, and some little dudes to choose from for the all-important pilot.