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PZL.23 Karas, PZL.42/PZL.43, PZL.46 Sum

PZL.23 Karas, PZL.42/PZL.43, PZL.46 Sum Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review November 2013 Title PZL.23 Karas, PZL.42/PZL.43, PZL.46 Sum
Author Tomasz J. Kopanski Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2013 ISBN 9788363678098
Format 88 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $29.00


One of Poland's most important warplanes during Nazi Germany's 1939 invasion, the PZL.23 Karas suffered 86% losses – highest of any Polish combat aircraft.

That's because the Karas, originally designed as an army cooperation (liniowe) machine, also served as an attack and dive bomber – roles for which it was not intended.  Survivors escaped to Romania – where they eventually fought Soviet forces on WWII's Eastern Front.  Fifty of the related PZL.43 version also entered Bulgarian service.

Now Karas variants dominate the 17th installment of MMP/Stratus' colorful "Polish Wings" series – available in North America from Casemate.

The 88-page, English-language account recaps all operational and prototype derivatives:

  • PZL.23 Karas I ("P.23A")
  • PZL.23 Karas II ("P.23B")
  • PZL.42
  • PZL.43
  • PZL.43A
  • PZL.46 Sum

Format follows the publisher's proven prescription.  Each lavishly illustrated section includes a capsule variant history with color plates of typical aircraft schemes.  Photos and extended captions support all artwork.  And the whole compact compendium concludes with a superb précis of Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian camouflage – complete with FS matches.

Building Mirage's 1:48-scale kits?  Tackling Heller's ancient 1:72 offering?  Make this handy handbook your guide to Poland's PZL.23 Karas family.

Roundly recommended!

With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.