Choroszy Modelbud's 1/72 scale
Piero Magni P.M.2
by Piotr Dmitruk
Piero Magni P.M.2
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Aeronautical constructor Piero Magni in 1921 founded his own factory, "Laboratorio Construzzioni Aeronautiche Piero Magni" in Meda, near Milan, Italy, for the realization of his earlier concept. In 1919 models of the described airplane were shown in the Italian section of the Paris Salon de l’Aeronautique, and tested in the Auteuil Eiffel laboratory. In 1924, he flew the first prototype named P.M.1 "Vittoria" in honor of his sister.
The airplane's construction contained a number of interesting solutions. It was perfectly aerodynamically refined high-wing airplane of metal-wood construction, with broad diagonal struts supporting the wing forming an additional airfoil. The most interesting feature was that the struts were moving (rotating), creating additional control surfaces, independent of the classic, and even- rotated by 90 degrees- could create a powerful airbrake.
To secure the maximum field of vision for the pilot, upper wing was located in the line of sight and connected with the fuselage only with a narrow pylon. 50 HP Anzani 6-A.20 radial engine was mounted on a metal bearer, tilted to the side for ease of maintenance, and was enclosed in an aerodynamic cover, suited with the hollow propeller cap.
The pilot was protected by a small windshield, and his headrest housed a parachute, used in the event of an accident.
In 1925 the aircraft was slightly modified and called P.M.2. Further modifications (in 1933) led to the model P.M.3 "Vale", presented at the Paris Salon de l’Aeronautique in 1934, military use was also considered. The outbreak of World War II stopped the development of the company.
Currently, aircraft P.M.3 / 4 "Vale" is exhibited at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.
The Piero Magni P.M.2 is
Choroszy Modelbud kit no. A 148 in 1/72 scale.
This is a very neat and precise made resin kit-a pleasure to build. The only disadvantage are very thin decals, lacking the inscription “Vittoria” for the right side of the fuselage.
If you are worried about using these decals, try building a P.M.1, this kit is issued with a number A 147.
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