With the double motivation of having finished my Yak-3 and a nifty contest on www.modele-kartonowe.com, I have decided to continue procrastinating on my MM Arado Ar-196 in favor of m-k.comâ€™s Bartel BM-6a. The siteâ€™s owner, Lech, has started a series of models of Polish pre-war prototypes -- with the recent print edition of the lovely gull-winged PZL P-8 probably the best-known example. The Bartel is the first of that series -- the plane never went into serial production because the factory that was to produce it went belly up. Its designer, Ryszard Bartel, had the distinction of designing the first Polish fighter (the BM-4) to ever go into serial production. After that his star died down somewhat, though he continued to design aircraft even after the war. The way I am planning to build this model is somewhat different -- I have printed the patterns out on a laser printer (on regular paper), and except for the parts that are to be backed with cardboard, I will trace the contours of the parts using carbon paper onto the actual card stock. Donâ€™t ask me why -- I guess I just like making things more difficult than they need to be. The model will be painted in line with the kitâ€™s paint scheme (only makes sense as this was the only BM-6a made), using enamels. Since the deadline for the contest is April 30, I may have to simplify some things (I donâ€™t really expect to make it on time, but I will do my best.) Anyways, here are the frames for the rear of the fuselage: Iâ€™m using 1mm cardboard, slightly thicker than what Lech recommends (0.75-0.9 mm), so Iâ€™ll have to make allowances for that, since the fit of the parts is very precise. Hereâ€™s a dry-fit of the whole assembly. Itâ€™s still missing the cabin floor and side walls.