PZL.23 Karas, PZL.42/PZL.43, PZL.46 Sum Book Review
|Date of Review||November 2013||Title||PZL.23 Karas, PZL.42/PZL.43, PZL.46 Sum|
|Author||Tomasz J. Kopanski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|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.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.
With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.