Azur/FRROM 1/72 Potez 25 A2/B2 Lorraine

KIT #: FR0037
DECALS: Four options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: 2019 tooling. Short run with p.e.


Potez 25 (also written as Potez XXV) was a French twin-seat, single-engine biplane designed during the 1920s. A multi-purpose fighter-bomber, it was designed as a line aircraft and used in a variety of roles, including fighter and escort missions, tactical bombing and reconnaissance missions. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Potez 25 was the standard multi-purpose aircraft of over 20 air forces, including French, Polish and American. It was also popular among private operators, notably mail transport companies.

2,500 aircraft were built in France with license production taking place in Yugoslavia, Poland and Romania as well as other countries.. The popularity of the type was in part due to the airframe being able to be adapted to a variety of engines.

Azur/FRROM kits are all made by the MPM/Special Hobby group. This one is typical with the molding in a light grey plastic. As the base sprues are used for other variants, you'll fine several parts not used in this boxing, which is for the Lorraine powered aircraft. Typical of these sorts of kits, you will need to drill some holes and fill a bit to properly portray this variant. The instructions show you exactly where this needs to be done so it would be wise to actually read through it before starting. The photo etch fret is fairly extensive. It consists of the wire wheels, control actuators and rigging attachment points. This latter feature is the first I've seen in a kit of this scale.

Construction starts logically with the interior and is quite complete with both the pilot and observer/gunner's positions. In addition to the rear gun (which is on a Scarff ring and installed near the end), you are provided with a camera. Fuselage is in left and right halves with a separate bottom. The forward fuselage is also separate to deal with the different engines. Attaching the upper cowling pieces traps a set of cabane struts. Lower wings are a single piece and while the 'hills and valleys' may be a bit much for some, this can be sanded or even filled in if you wish.

Once the nose is attached, then comes the upper wing. Some of these planes had fuel tanks attached and the instructions guide you through that. All the other struts are single pieces so some sort of jig would probably be useful. Next the tailplanes are attached and the landing gear made up. Not all options use wire wheels so you need to know which set of markings you'll be using fairly early. If you do pick the wire wheels, you'll need to replace the axle stubs with something thinner.

One of the final steps is rigging. The kit provides wire attachment areas in the p.e. set. You are also provided a complete rigging diagram. After that, one attaches the bomb racks and bombs if you are using those as well as the gun and the proper propeller depending on the markings option chosen.

Instructions are excellent and in color. It provides Gunze paint references. First is the box art plane with the French navy in dark blue-grey over light blue-grey with aluminum nose. A Polish plane in overall khaki green is next. The is followed by a Romanian plane in overall dark green. Finally a Japanese version that was captured from the Vichy French in Indochina. This has a red and yellow striped cowling, red tail surfaces and the rest in dark green, making for a fairly colorful aircraft. The large decal sheet is very nicely done. I've darkened it a bit so you can see the white bits.

It is great seeing interwar planes being kitted. Especially this one as it was used so widely in the late 1920s and the 1930s. There will be additional boxings for sure so that you can build other variations.


October 2019

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