The Romanian IAR 80 was an early-WW2 fighter design, combining the rear fuselage of the Polish PZL fighters to a license-built Gnome-Rhone Mistral radial engine. Several versions existed throughout its service with the Romanian Air Force, serving exclusively in the Eastern Campaign. Throughout its service there had been modifications and minor improvements, namely the IAR 81 designed for ground attack roles. The airframe began showing its age as the war went on, and was often complemented by foreign designs such as the Bf 109s, but nonetheless served until the end of the war and its withdrawal in favour of Soviet-produced fighters. A volunteer from the British Army agreed to stand for a size comparison.
Sure took a while to build an aircraft that heavily influenced some of my earliest what-if designs!
Parc Model's 1/72 scale release. All in all a pretty difficult kit to work with: fit is okay-ish, but the lack of some critical notches or guides to attaches some parts makes it tedious and requires a steady hand. Had some difficulties with the decals, hence the lack of roundels on the fuselage, sorry!