Mirage Hobby's 1/48 scale
by Bob Aikens
Hobby's 1/48 scale PZL P.24B is available online from
A small apropos is
probably in order as I bought this kit on Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman's
enthusiastic review recommendation. I wasn't disappointed.
Mirage Hobby's 1/48
scale PZL P.24 has a nice photo-etch fret; a few resin pieces;great
decals (TechMod, I think), and is moderately priced-how could I go
Then I hit on Mike
Dobrzelecki's reviews of the whole Mirage Hobby PZL fighter
series(P.11c,P.24B,P.24F and P.24G).
Also helpful was Lukasz
Kedzierski's review of the Warrior P.24G. With all this I was ahead of
the game before the plastic hit the bench.
There are only two
things that jump out as being 'finicky' , and they are the wheel
housings (spats) and the engine/cowling fit.
The plastic at the
wheel housings is very thin,so the forward edges had to be 'sculped'
If you want to
retro-fit the engine assembly into the pre-built cowling it becomes
necessary to sand down a portion of the outer cylinder edges. Of
course you can always assemble it according to the kit instructions.
color call-outs are for Humbrol and Vallejo-olive green and light blue.
For the green I used Testor's Model Master 34096 Dark Green (B-52), a
medium olive green; for the light blue it was Model Master Azure Blue,
considerably lightened with white.
I must have waffled for
three or four days on whether to use the trim decals or paint. Once I
had decided to paint, things seemed to fall into place. In the end,
painting was the right thing to do, especially on the tri-color rudder.
The main components -
wing, fuselage, engine, cowling - were built and painted separately, as
were the landing gear and wing braces. And when final assembly came,
everything fitted together very well-no real problems at all !
A dark acrylic wash was
put on the heavier surface indents, but that was about all the
weathering I did-these birds were probably in fresh condition upon
delivery to the Bulgarians in early '39-and besides, the little ingenue
looked so neat and prim that I couldn't bear to dirty her up. She looked
ever so much like a Cinderella just waiting to be asked to the fancy
ball. And it is well known that most modelers allow themselves a bit of
poetic license from time to time. But wait for it ! -according to Steve
Eisenman the very first thing the Bulgarians did upon getting their
Jastrebs , was to remove their 'slippers'.
From the beginning this
modeling project had a 'serendipidous ' feel to it; a benign series of
circumstances that all led to it's completion- it's this sort of almost
indescribable feeling that I think I like best about modeling. It brings
to mind a novel I had read a while back - The Chain of Chance - by the
great Polish writer/scientist Stanislaw Lem.
If you have never read
any of Lem's wonderful stories, you should do so without delay. Without
him, my model may never have been built.
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