PZL Kania Policia
(Top Gun - Nr. )
Work on a significantly redesigned version of the Mi-2 started in 1977. PZL decided to develop, in conjunction with the American aero-engine company Allison, a re-engined version for export for western markets, the Kania or Kitty Hawk.The changes include a modified fuselage with more pointed nose, new engines (Allison 250-C20B turboshaft engines) each rated at 426 hp (313 kW), new composite rotors blades, and new western avionics. The first prototype, utilizing a modified Mi-2 airframe, was flown on 3 June 1979. Two prototypes were made and two pre-series machines. Tests conducted during the early 1980s led to certification according to FAR-29, in February 1986.
The prototype SP-SSC took part in the 5th Helicopter World Championships in Castle Ashby in 1986. A production started that year in small numbers, in the PZL Świdnik factory. The helicopter was to be a replacement of the Mi-2, more economical, comfortable and offering better performance, and it compared quite favourably with Western counterparts. It did not become popular, however, partly due to problems with certification and a weak promotion in Western countries, and reluctance to spend convertible currency for imported parts in Eastern Bloc countries in the 1980s. Only 19 were built until 2006, including prototypes. It isn't currently in PZL-Świdnik's offer anymore.
Main user is the Polish Border Guard, using 7 helicopters (not at one time). Polish Police uses two helicopters.Three Polish Kanias were employed in air service in Sierra Leone in 1987-1990. In 2007, Świdnik offered 6 armed Kanias for Philippine Air Force, but lost in competition (finally, after cancelling a procedure, PZL W-3 Sokół was chosen).
Top Gun fom Poland offers this new conversion set for Hobbyboss' Mi-2 Kits.
It contains the mail upper engine section as a full cast resin part with an amazingly fine surface detail. Furthermore, there is a new main rotor head with swashplate to replace the way too big kit parts. As the Kania has a more pointy nose than the ordinary Mi-2, Top Gun included the nose part as well. The clear material was strengthened with a drop of liquid resin in the front end. 3 pieces are included. 2 vac-formed and one precut made from stronger plastic material. The set is completed by version specific parts such as loudspeakers, nitesun search light, FLIR.
Properly printed (screen print, no continuous carrier film) are included for two Polish Police aircraft as well as masks for the front canopy and cabin window emergency exit markings.
The coloured instructions with reference photos provides hints for the equipment wiring.
Well done conversion set for a rarely seen helicopter. Recommended for those who wish to have exotic models in their collection.
Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 20. August 2014
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