Heller 1/72 P.23 'Karas'
$2.00 on sale in 2001
The Panstwowe Zaklady Lonicze
(National Aviation Establishment)
P.23 ‘Karas’ (crucian carp) was a single engine reconnaissance / light attack
bomber designed and built in Poland in the mid 1930’s.
The ‘A’ model was powered by a
Pegasus ll engine with the ‘B’ model powered by the Pegasus
P.23 operated with the Polish and Rumanian air forces during WWII.
The Bulgarian air force operated a variant known as the P.43. The crew
compliment was 3 and a bomb load of 1,500 lbs. could be carried.
It was armed with 2 machine guns.
wingspan of the completed model is 19 cm (7.5”) with a length of 13 cm (5”).
No crew members are provided.
There are 42 light grey injection
molded styrene parts on 4 runners.
External surfaces have fine raised panel l
There little to no flashing on the parts.
The kit has a minimal amount of detail in the cockpit and rear
gunner’s compartment. An instrument
panel, seat, control stick and machine gun are provided.
There is some structural airframe detail molded into the sides of the
fuselage. There are 5 injection molded clear parts: 1 canopy, 2 for the ventral
positions and 2 landing light covers.
The canopy frames are raised, which will make for easy masking when
Decals are provided for both the Polish and Rumanian Air Forces.
They have a flat (matte) finish.
Carrier film extends beyond the color, so some trimming around the decal
will be required when applying. The
color registration is misaligned, resulting in off centered red rings at the
center of the yellow Rumanian crosses.
It is noticeable. (Your editor also
noticed that the Romanian rudder stripes are missing the yellow).
The Polish emblems are not affected.
There is a single sheet (4 page) instruction sheet printed in 10 languages.
This looks to be a nice kit of an
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