PM 1/48 SIAT 223 Flamingo
PM 1/48 SIAT 223 Flamingo
SIAT 223 Flamingo is a 4 or 2 seat light single of German design. SIAT was the
post WWII initials of the Siebel aircraft company. MBB took them over in the
early 1970’s, later the production of the Flamingo was transferred to CASA in
Spain. The aircraft has a fixed tricycle undercarriage and is powered by a Avco
Lycoming engine of 200HP (149 KW). Length: 24 ft 4in (7.43 mtr), Height: 8ft
10in (2.7 mtr), Wingspan: 27ft 2in (8.28 mtr).
number of these aircraft were sold to civil operators and they were used by
Swissair as trainers. A web search brought forth a number of images that show
that a red and white scheme similar to that on the box top was popular with
quarter scale Flamingo was first released in the mid 1980s. It is their only kit
to this scale. The entire PM range became available again here in Oz earlier
this year, most with new decals.
release seems to be exactly the same as the original in every way except the box
top artwork, which has been only slightly altered. The parts are molded in 2
colours plus a clear one-piece canopy. In red plastic we have the wings,
wingtips, undercarriage, wheels, spinner and control columns. In white comes the
fuselage, prop, cockpit, tailplanes and engine front. This comes to a total of
quality is not the best with blemishes, flash and rough edges present. This is
particularly obvious on the wing trailing edges. Surface detailing is mostly
very fine raised lines with deep engraving for the control surfaces on the
wings. The canopy, which is bagged separately from the other 2 sprues, is very
thin and clear.
sheet is in Turkish and printed on an off white paper. This shows a 2-stage
construction process and 3 view painting guides for the 2 marking options.
decal sheet is a let down and is very yellowed for a re-release in today’s
market. This could possibly be because it was printed back in the ‘80s, as was
the instruction sheet. The 2 options are: A Turkish civil registered aircraft in
red and white and a camouflaged Syrian Air Force example. Unless you read
Turkish it will be necessary to refer to the small colour profiles on the box
side to help paint the Syrian example as the paint names are in Turkish. A
useful inclusion is the instrument panel decal although this would benefit from
some touches of colour.
would have to be the cheapest 1/48 scale aircraft kit on the market. It will
probably appeal to those modelers that like civil types or those looking for a
project to try some new techniques out on.
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