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Overview
Ardpol is located in Poland.  They make some very nice resin scale glider model kits.  They are in the 1:48 scale range which makes them a bit smaller than the Revell models, but much larger than the 1:72 scale kits from Czech Master Resins and others.

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These kits are all resin kits - not plastic kits.  Sometimes referred to as "Garage Kits". This term has been coined to represent the fringe of the model kit manufacturing community (generally individuals) who produce kits (yes, sometimes in their garage!) that number in dozens, rather than the hundreds or thousands or millions that constitute the bulk of consumer-oriented commercial model kits sold at regular retail outlets.  Instead of being molded with hot plastic as injection-molded and vacuum-formed kits are, resin kits are made from liquid urethane resins poured into silicone rubber molds. The liquid resin sets after a few minutes, and the molds are separated to release the parts. Resin kits usually are of subjects that are not available in injection-molded kits, and they can be expensive. You must use super glue (also called cyanoacrylate or "CA") or epoxy to build resin kits - not plastic model glue.  All the model kits on this page are resin kits.  Note that some of these kits are of lower detail and quality than the plastic injection molded model kits.  Resin kits are also generally more expensive and more difficult to build.  See: A Resin Model Kit Primer


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Ardpol-Bak-II BAK II Motorglider Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Motorglider: ?
Wing Span: ?
Length: ?
This is a very nice and detailed kit.
$40 In Stock
Ardpol-Bocian-1E SZD-9 Bis Bocian 1E Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18.1 m (59.4 feet)
Wing Span: 37.7 cm (14.8 inches)
Length: 17.2 cm (6.8 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1952 - 57.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The decision to produce a new high performance two-seater was taken early in 1950.  The SZD-9 was to have good cross-country performance and to be capable of cloud flying, blind flying training and high altitude soaring."


model in photos above by: Waldemar Wiczyński


model in photos above by: Kai Roether

$43 In Stock
Ardpol-Bocian-D SZD-9 Bis Bocian D Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18.1 m (59.4 feet)
Wing Span: 37.7 cm (14.8 inches)
Length: 17.2 cm (6.8 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1952 - 57.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The decision to produce a new high performance two-seater was taken early in 1950.  The SZD-9 was to have good cross-country performance and to be capable of cloud flying, blind flying training and high altitude soaring."

$43 In Stock
Ardpol-Foka-4 SZD-24 Foka 4 Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 14.98 m (49.1 feet)
Wing Span: 31.2 cm (12.3 inches)
Length: 14.6 cm (5.7 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1962.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The final model, which entered production and became widely know and oustandingly successful, was the SZD-24-4 or Foka - 4. The sandwich wing skins were changed to thick plywood, with important savings of weight and simplifying production."


model in photos by: Waldemar Wiczyński
$43 In Stock
Ardpol-Grunau-Baby-II-B Grunau Baby II B Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.57 m (44.5 feet)
Wing Span: 28.3 cm (11.1 inches)
Length: 12.7 cm (5.0 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Germany starting in 1936.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "At hundreds of small gliding schools the 2B became the standard intermediate sailplane.  Whatever the numbers before, the production figures of the GB 2B ran into thousands.  Harry Schneider, son of Edmund, estimated about 4000 to 5000 Grunau Babies were built, worldwide.  Wolf Hirth suggested twice these numbers.  The exact total is not known but (excluding the innumerable primary trainers) there is no doubt that more of the Grunau Baby were built than any other type of sailplane before or since."

$40 In Stock
Ardpol-Jantar-2B SZD-42 Jantar 2B Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 20.15 m (66.1 feet)
Wing Span: 42.0 cm (16.5 inches)
Length: 15.0 cm (5.9 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1978.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1965 - 2000 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up and photo of this glider.  A quote from the book, "23 of the Jantar 2 were built before the introduction of the Jantar 2B in March 1978.  The wing was mounted 125 mm higher and the rigging angle of incidence reduced by 1.5 degrees, to align the fuselage more accurately with the airflow at high airspeeds."

$40 In Stock
Ardpol-Jantar-Std SZD-41 Jantar Standard Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m (49.2 feet)
Wing Span: 31.3 cm (12.3 inches)
Length: 14.3 cm (5.6 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1974.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1965 - 2000 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up and photo of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Jantar Standard, two of which competed at Waikerie in 1974, had the same fuselage and tail unit as the original 19 metre Jantar 1, but with a fifteen meter wing and no flaps."


model in photos by: Waldemar Wiczyński
$40 In Stock
Ardpol-Jantar-Std-3 SZD-48-3 Jantar Standard 3 Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m (49.2 feet)
Wing Span: 31.3 cm (12.3 inches)
Length: 14.3 cm (5.6 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1982.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1965 - 2000 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, detailed line drawings, and photo of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The designer Wladyslaw Okarmus developed the Jantar Standard 3 from the St 2.  The most noticeable change was a revised tail, lowering the tailplane slightly relative to the wing."

  $40 In Stock
Ardpol-Junior SZD-51 Junior Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m (49.2 feet)
Wing Span: 31.3 cm (12.3 inches)
Length: 13.9 cm (5.5 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1983 - 84.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1965 - 2000 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Junior was intended as a simple sailplane suitable for early solo pilots but with a performance good enough for cross-country flying and 'club class' competitions."

I have enjoyed flying the Junior owned by the Minnesota Soaring Club many times.  It is a lovely glider.  It is easy to fly and comfortable.  It has extremely effective airbrakes.  I enjoy spinning it!  While capable of cross-country flight (nearly every glider is) the very thick wing makes the sink rate quite high at cruising speeds. - Paul Remde


model in photos by: Andrzej Dziechciarz
$40 In Stock
Ardpol-Mucha-IS-2 IS-2 Mucha Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m (49.2 feet)
Wing Span: 31.3 cm (12.3 inches)
Length: 14.2 cm (5.6 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1948.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The second sailplane designed by the ISZ group was the IS - 2 Mucha (Fly).  It was intended for club use, replacing the Komar, but had a good enough performance for cross-country flying and simple aerobatics."


 
model in photos by: Andrzej Dziechciarz
$40 In Stock
Ardpol-Mucha-SZD-12 SZD-12 Mucha 100 Sailplane Model Kit
Very High Quality Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m (49.2 feet)
Wing Span: 31.3 cm (12.3 inches)
Length: 14.6 cm (5.7 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Poland starting in 1953.
This is a very nice and detailed kit.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "In 1948 the IS was renamed the Szybowcowego Zakladu Dˇswiadczalnego (SZD, Sailplane Experimental Institute) but the personnel were retained.  Taking opinions from the clubs and their pilots, together with ideas from the original design team, an improved Mucha, the SZD - 12 Mucha 100, flew in 1953."


model in photos by: Waldemar Wiczyński
$40 In Stock
 

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Paul E. Remde

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Savage, Minnesota 55378
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