Kosciuszko Squadron in 1/48
"A Question of
by Bill Dedig
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This project was inspired by the book “A
Question of Honor” authored by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud.
American Volunteers form a flying squadron
in support of the Polish army versus the Soviets. This squadron is named
in honor of the American Revolution Polish volunteer Thadeus Kosciuszko.
The Squadron Emblem is a design of Polish and American symbols.
One of the first and more famous volunteers
was an American named Merion Cooper. His Albatross was constructed from
a Glencoe kit with heavy modifications and aftermarket support.
The beginning of WWII saw the squadron
flying PZL.11c’s. The Mirage kit was used for this aircraft and was
built out of the box with aftermarket Techmod decals.
The Mark V Spitfire was the Tamiya kit built out of the box with
markings for Jan Zumbach in 1942, one of the leading Polish aces and one
of the most colorful characters of the 303 Sq. Again using Techmod
The heart of “A Question of Honor” is the
role of the Free Polish airmen during the Battle of Britain and the
remainder of WW II.
This is reflected with a Airfix Hurricane Mark I (seen in the title
photo) flown by the leading Polish ace of WW II Witold Urbanowicz. This
model is enhanced with resin details in the interior and the wheel bays.
The markings are from Techmod and reflect the aircraft in 1940 and the
score of the 303 SQ during the Battle of Britain.
1945 saw the 303 Sq flying the Mustang Mk.
IV and also saw the Free Polish Government in England lose its
recognition if favor of the Soviet backed Polish representatives.
The kit used was the ICM Mustang with a new
resin interior, reshaped propellers, Hasagawa Dallas canopy, Markings
from the Mustang Book ,”P-51DMustang” by Dariusz Karnas and Alclad
After 60 years, MIG-29 aircraft are
photographed in MINSK with the Kosciuszko emblem applied to the port
fuselage. MIG-29 detail publication from Kagero, not only is a
photographic walk around of the MIG-29, but includes decals for the
Kosciuszko decorated aircraft. Publication was obtained on visit to
World Model Expo in Telford England.
The 1/48 scale Academy MIG -29 is one of the
most difficult 1/48th scale jets I have attempted to construct. I have
read blistering reviews of Revells F-18 front construction , but never a
word regarding the MIG. The model was built using a Neomega resin
interior, And numerous photo-etched enhancements ( Example…Mud catcher
on front gear)
It is my pleasure to honor this outstanding squadron of Airmen and their
Models, Images and Text Copyright ©
2006 by Bill Dedig
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21 February, 2007
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