PZL P.24 A-G...

... Monograph 66 from Kagero, via Casemate

Title:  PZL P.24 A-G

Author: Andrzej Glass and Tassos Katsikas

Publisher:  Kagero

ISBN:  978-83-66148-05-5

Another new Monograph 3D from Kagero, number 66 in the series, with this 172-page softcover book. The PZL P.24 was a development of the earlier PZL P.11.  A more powerful engine, an enclosed cockpit and other detail changes though visually with the same basic look of the earlier variants. The first element of the book provides us with the development story, along with the technical details and the number of export customers. An aircraft that is perhaps overshadowed by types, when it was developed, the PZL P/24 was one of the best fighter aircraft of its' time but the speed of aircraft development at that time, the late 1930's, meant it was quickly outclassed by alternatives such as the Messerschmitt Bf109 and the Spitfire. The capability of the P.24 led to it having a good deal of export success, beyond the Polish air force. They were sold and successfully operated by a number of other countries, including Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Greece. These stories are included as well. Throughout this large section of the book, there are lots of archive photos and technical illustrations which illuminate the text. I should add that all the text, including all the image captions, are provided in both Polish and English.

Then it moves on to the largest sections of the book, which provide graphics support. So we get 8-pages of 1/48 scale drawings, while a separate sheet of 1/32 plans is also tucked into the book. These are accompanied by more detail drawings such as engine, armament, instrument panel and other airframe details. Usefully, there is also a couple of pages with 1/72 profiles, with shaded sections that indicate the little differences between each of the P.24 variants. Tables show technical details and a few extra archive images, some in colour. Starting on page 90, and though to the end of the book, we are presented with a whole series of the excellent 3D computer generated  images show the complete airframe in the colours and markings of the various operators plus more showing detailed images of airframe structure, engine and more.

Another very good addition to the series of Monographs from Kagero and interesting to anyone interested in aircraft of the WW2 era.

Distributed by Casemate Books, who kindly provided my review copy.

Robin