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#651 TS-11

Building the beautiful Arma Hobby 1:72 PZL TS-11 Iskra. No electronics in this one, just enjoying the build.



The PZL TS-11 Iskra was the first jet aircraft developed in Poland. It was used as a trainer by the Polish Air Force for over 50 years.

The Kit

The TS-11 was added to Arma Hobby’s lineup of Polish subjects in 2015. The 70010 TS-11 Iskra bis DF Expert Set boxing I have here was produced in 2021 and included new decals.

The cockpit detail is particularly impressive for this scale, as I saw in Big Modeller’s build video:


Paint Scheme

There are 4 schemes in the kit, I chose to go with the unusual and lovely camo colours of 3H-2013

  • TS-11 Iskra bis DF - 3H-2013, 7th Special Aviation Regiment, 2nd section of 1st Aviation Squadron, Polish Navy, Siemirowice AB, August 1993.
  • TS-11 Iskra bis DF, nr 3H-2013, 7 Pułk Lotnictwa Specjalnego Marynarki Wojennej 2 Klucz 1 Eskadra Lotnicza, Siemierowice, sierpień 1993.

Found an actual photo in the hyperscale review:


Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A: seat, dashboard Matt Black FS37038 HTK-A041/C041 70.950 Black
B: seat; cockpit floor and walls; wheel wells Dark Ghost Grey FS36320 HTK-A035/C035 70.990 Light Grey FS36375
C: cockpit floor Green FS34128 HTK-A221/C221 70.893 US Dark Green
D: pedals Aluminium FS17178 HTK-A078/C078 70.997 Silver
E: seat Insignia Red FS11136 HTK-A219/C219 70.909 Vermillion
F: camo3 Dark Grey FS36176 HTK-A158/C158 70.992 Neutral Grey
G: camo3 Light Ghost Grey FS36375 HTK-A037/C037 70.990 Light Grey
H: n/a Field Green FS34095 HTK-A002/C002  
I: lower fuselage Sky Blue FS25466 HTK-A005/C005 70.839 ultramarine + 70.993 white grey
J: camo3 Desert Tan FS33446 HTK-A126/C126 70.917 Beige
K: camo3 Blue Green FS35275 HTK-A129/C129 70.963 Medium Blue + 70.891 Intermediate Green
L: n/a Air Superiority Blue FS35450 HTK-A155/C155  
Ł: n/a Insignia Yellow FS13538 HTK-A066/C066  


TFW after a few hours of fiddling with PE I realize I’ve only got to “Step #2”.


The cockpit detail in impressive, especially for this scale.


Test fitting.. Blown away by the detail - this is “out of the box”, Arma-style.


Primed and ready for painting.


There’s just enough room in the nose for 5g of ballast. Turned out to be more than enough - this is definitely no longer a tail-sitter.


Barely any seams needing attention.


Ready for the spray booth.


I decided to try masking using silicon therapy putty (Spencer Pollard’s influence). Worked great, though starts to flow after a while in our weather.


Finally back to lay down a most interesting camo scheme on the Arma Hobby 1:72 PZL TS-11 Iskra. Lovely little jet trainer.

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  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
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