Although its success has been overshadowed by the collapse and failure
of the French aviation industry in the mid-to late-'30s, the Potez 25
was one of the most effective and well-known warplanes of the inter-war
period. First flown in 1924, the Potez 25 was a sturdy-looking unequal-span
biplane built with the ability to accommodate several different power
plants, engineering stretch into the aircraft in an era when designs came
and went rapidly. The landing gear was a cross-axle design that incorporated
Potez' own shock absorbers, and the plane was even considered a candidate
for the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight until Lindbergh beat the
French team to the punch.
By the time production at Potez, A.N.F. Les Mureaux and Hanriot had
ceased, over 3,500 examples had been built and 87 different variations
had been developed. The Potez 25 saw action with the Chinese against the
Japanese, the Paraguayans against the Bolivians, and the Ethiopians against
the Italians. Greece, Switzerland, Uruguay and Estonia also operated the
Potez 25 under more peaceful conditions.
Broplan's kit of the Potez 25 undoubtedly the first of several
variants from this enterprising Polish firm depicts the A.2 variant
powered by the 600-horsepower Hispano-Suiza 12Lb 12-cylinder engine. The
kit includes the major airframe components wings, fuselage, tail
and cowling as vacuformed pieces, with two short-run-style trees
of injection molded parts, including struts, wheels, propeller, seats,
radiator and Lewis gun. These parts are soft in their detail, but at least
provide a starting point from which to expand.
The vacuformed parts are well done, although there are several blemishes
in the wings and an indentation on one of the fuselage sides that will
require attention. Panel line and fabric detail is a bit overstated, but
this will be moderated by the first coat of paint.
There are no decals, but the instructions provide marking information
for a Greek aircraft based at Larrisa Air Base in the 1930s dark
green 34097 overall, with natural metal engine area and the Hellenic roundels
and fin flash. Not a flashy scheme, but a workmanlike scheme for a workmanlike
airplane and markings easily created by modelers! There is also
a reasonably useful drawing the rigging used on the aircraft, which is
This is an involved model of a large biplane, so beginners take caution.
However, if you like Golden Age subjects that were more for work than
for show, this kit gives you a unique and important subject thus far overlooked.