KP 1/72 Avia B.35






One aircraft


Scott Van Aken




Allow me to paraphrase from the information given with the kitas my references on this plane are basically non-existent.  This aircraftwas designed as a replacement for the biplane B.534. It was planned to have anew 1,000 hp engine, but it was unavailable and the prototype flew in Septemberof 1938 with a Hispano 12 YDRS rated at 850 hp. As expected, it had excellenthandling qualities and reached a top speed of 480 kph, despite having fixedundercarriage. As is usual with prototypes, it was destroyed in testing inNovember of the same year. The second prototype, which was somewhat modifiedhaving larger wings and control surfaces flew in January 1939.

Despite being overrun by German forces in March of 1939,development of the B.35 was continued and a third prototype flew in August 1939.A modified version, the B-135 with retractable landing gear was developed and 12aircraft plus a manufacturing license were delivered to Bulgaria in 1941, though no furtherairframes were built. By then the aircraft was woefully outmoded by the harriedpace of war-time aviation developments and it finally faded from history.


The finest kits to come out of the old Eastern Europe were those from KP. Theywere of interesting subjects, had very good raised detailing, were molded inwhite or grey plastic and had excellent instructions. This one is of that genre.The only option available is between a wooden and metal propeller. The interiorconsists of a seat, control stick and instrument panel. There is a decal for theinstruments. There is some flash and a few ejector pin marks, but nothing reallybad.

Frankly with only about 25 parts, there is little else tosay about the kit. A few things you should be aware of when building a KP kit.First of all, the plastic is pretty soft. Secondly, they usually have problemswith fitting the canopy. I have built a number of their kits and have found thisto be the biggest hurdle. The fit is sometimes a bit off, but some carefultrimming will usually give good results.

The instructions arereally first rate for the times. This one is all in English so I can actuallyread it for once. There is an exploded view of the kit showing parts placement.The color section is very good, but only gives generic colors. There is a smallhistory of the camouflage scheme that I found interesting. The decals themselvesrun the gamut from very good to very poor. These seem pretty good, but due totheir age, I'd coat them with Microscale decal film before using them.

Overalla nice kit about an interesting subject. Not at all up to today's standards, butstill a worthwhile build.

Review kit courtesy of me and my wallet!

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