· PZL - 23B KARAS

MIRAGE HOBBY - 1:48

Kit Number: 480001 - Limited Edition
Scale: 1:48
Contents:
pieces molded in 3 grey plastic sprues and one transparent sprue; 1 PE set; 1 decal sheet with three options

Brief history
The P-23 was a single-engine light-bomb triple-engine and cooperation with the army, developed in Poland in the mid-1930s. Designed and manufactured by P.Z.L. (PantsoweZakaldyLotnicze, or Central Aircraft Factory), the prototype made its first flight in August 1934. The first version of the series was the P-23a, of which about 40 aircraft were built in 1936, being replaced in the production line for the improved P-23b. While it was a good plane at that time, by the time of the German invasion in September 1939, the design had become obsolete, making it very vulnerable to Messerschmitt Bf-109 and Bf-110 fighters , and modern anti-aircraft weapons that accompanied the German troops. At the beginning of the war, some 50 P-23 were assigned to the "Bombers Brigade", based at Warsaw, while another 64 aircraft were distributed in different squadronss assigned as direct support to the 7 corps of the Polish Army, distributed by the whole country. However, the P-23 served valiantly throughout the campaign in defense of Poland, and some of them managed to escape to Romania, where they were incorporated by the air force of that country, which later used them in the war against the Soviet Union. . The P-23 was exported to Romania and Bulgaria (in its P-43 version) and some copies were also used by the German Luftwaffe.

The Kit
Mirage Hobby offers us in this case an excellent PZL P-23B kit, consisting of three very well detailed plastic trees, a transparent plastic tree, a photoetched plate and decals to make three choices of aircraft used by the Polish Air Force . The assembly instructions are quite clear and detailed, with abundant indications of the colors with which the various pieces of the interior should be painted. The only weak point is the lack of instructions to place the decals on the top and bottom of the wings. The landing gear can be assembled with full, partial fairings or without the fairings, which allows us to think of different options. The interior of the cockpit is extraordinarily well detailed, in the same way as the engine and the ventral gondola. The panels lines on the wings and fuselage are finely engraved and complete, with the control surfaces as separate pieces. In summary, another excellent Mirage Hobby kit, highly recommended!

Sergio Bellomo