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Potez Galore, Part.1

Potez 25 Europe & America

Azur/Frrom 1/72, Ref. FROX04

Azur/Frrom have kindly sent us samples of their forthcoming decal releases, two 1/72 sheets destined to grace the lovely Potez 25 kits released during 2019, and later re-issued under the Special Hobby label.

Let’s have a look at sheet FROX04 Potez 25 Europe & America:

The first thing one notices on this offering is how tightly the various markings are crammed together on the A5-sized sheet.  There is barely any spare space anywhere.  Not a bad thing, really.  The number of options is high, but extreme care will be required when choosing any option as the Potez 25 was declined in a number of variants (mostly different engines, but not just that).  The ‘basic’ kits are indeed offering numerous alternative parts, and it must be said that great care must be taken while building the kit and following the instructions that are sometimes a bit confusing.  References will be needed and need to be carefully examined! 

We have not been provided with the instructions for the new decal sheets, so can not comment just yet on the info provided on those documents.

What is included on this FROX04 sheet is:

  • Aéropostale: markings for three complete aircraft (out of the four operated): F-AJDX, F-AJDY, F-AJDZ, F-AJZS. F-AJDX was the first Potez 25 to fly over the Andes with Mermoz and Daurat, F-AJDY was the second Potez 25 entering service with Aéropostale, F-AJDZ is the most famous of all, the plane flown by Guillaumet during his epic flight, crash and six day-long walk back to safety, F-AJZS was another Aéropostale Potez 25.  Note that the basic kit being ‘military’, some slight mods will be required to complete any Aeropostale aircraft (based on either the A2 or TOE variants);
  • Air France: the previously mentioned F-AJDY at a later time, with Air France titles having replaced the Compagnie Générale Aéropostale ones, and the Air France logo painted on the forward fuselage.
  • France: anchors and markings for an alternative Aeronavale aircraft (than the one provided in the Potez 25 ‘Lorraine’ boxing – French roundels from the kit required;
  • France: aircraft 2221 White 10, V489 flown during the Croisiére Noire raid (Potez 25 TOE) – French roundels from the kit required;
  • Greece: national markings for Epsilon 14 (or 1 or 4)-coded aircraft – Hispano-powered Potez 25;
  • Paraguay: national markings for a Lorraine-powered aircraft used during the Chaco war, featuring the extra fuel tanks;
  • Poland: badges for 34, 35 & 55 squadrons., LWS-built Lorraine-powered aircraft with codes 42-68 (White 4), 42-310 (White 7), 42-295 – national markings from the kit required;
  • Uruguay: national markings, Tero insignas (small and large), codes to represent one of the following aircraft: White 1 (Hispano-powered Potez 25 with a ‘Lorraine-like’ cowling and inverted roundel), White B1-2 (Lorraine), White B1-5 (TOE), White 5 and White 8 (TOE with small flag); White 1 is very unusual with the inverted rudder red  stripes; external tanks may be used on those airplanes too.

The decals are well printed (by Fantasy Printshop), with the white and colours that are intense that will adequately cover the camouflage colours.  The decal’s finish is satin to glossy and a coat of varnish may therefore be required to obtain a good ‘blend’ with the rest of the model.

All in all, an extensive and much welcome release from Azur/Frrom.

Review and pictures by Domi Jadoul.

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