Mirage Hobby's 1/48
PZL. P.23 Karas
by Wojciech Perkowski
PZL P.23A Karas
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Here is my 1/48 Mirage Hobby PZL P.23A Karas with Part
photo/etched exterior detail set.
The kit of this ugly but cool looking plane was long awaited by
Polish AF enthusiasts and finally issued few weeks before Christmas
Unfortunately sink marks were almost everywhere (this probably
prevented worldwide distribution), so it takes some work to deal
with this problem. Other than that the kit was generally trouble
The only modifications I made to improve fit were:
reducing height of wing spars -
parts 22W and 23W – this considerably improves wing/fuselage
repositioning the reconnaissance
camera located inside radio operator compartment (the shelf at
the cockpit wall is placed to low) – resin parts PR4 and PR8,
lengthening fuselage wing roots
about 1 mm (the rear end) to eliminate “tooth” between wing
trailing edge and fuselage – superglue gel drop filed to shape
ventral gondola after was folded,
required reducing height to fit properly to its front and rear
transparencies (step under lower fuselage provided for gondola
was deleted as well), and despite this, rear external window
required plastic pieces to fill the gap above its upper edges
(fortunately photos of the real thing show small solid sheet
There were few others fit problems, not that important to mention
and easy to overcome. All critical areas – wing/fuselage,
fuselage/canopy, engine/exhaust ring – are well engineered and fit
There is rough texture in places, especially wings - sanding with
fine sandpaper helps a lot.
Part’s exterior p/e set is strongly recommend as it delivers
corrected wing walks (the kit ones aren’t wide enough) and detailed
fuel and inspection caps. I didn’t use the interior set (with
unbelievable level of detail, BTW) to speed up the build and reduce
The small intakes in front of the windscreen just behind the engine
cowl were not defined accordingly in the kit and were scratch built
(I had no luck with Part p/e equivalents).
I painted my Karas with Pactra Polish Khaki I and Polish Blue I
(both acrylic; undercoat is Humbrol Matt Black enamel to improve
adhesion and also as pre-shading) and used kit decals (with Agama
Setting Solutions, and they worked well).
My model represents trainer plane (with gun cameras at the top of
the canopy and rear machinegun) from Polish Airforce College in
Deblin, circa 1939.
P.23 Karas, Monografie Lotnicze
No 23, AJ-Press 1995.
Mini Replika No 46.
Model Hobby No 21 (excellent
P.23A scale drawings with rivet pattern by Witold Szewczyk
All above are in Polish.
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