1/72 15600 KVZ Junkers G-23 / G-24 - Swiss or Swedish Airlines (G23/G24)
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Exc
Possibly the finest KVZ kit ever issue. It is accurate, detailed and cleanly molded kit. Features realistic scale corrugated skin surface, full interior for both cockpit and passenger compartments, separately molded control surfaces and rotating wheels and props. There is a large decal sheet with Swedish or Swiss Airliner markings. The model as never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The G24 was created due to the success of the F13 and the greatly increasing passenger traffic in Europe and overseas. It was clear to Junkers that a larger and more efficient aircraft was needed. Junkers filed his design application with the International Commission for Air NAvigation and it was approved on February 8, 1925. However, the prototype was started in 1923 and by the summer of 1924 the first G23 was built. The three engine configuration carried two pilots and nine passengers comfortably and had baggage and mail storage aft and also a toilet with a lavatory. Flight testing took place in autumn of 1924 near Nurnberg; however, it was decided to carry out the remainder of the testing in Dubendorf in Switzerland. As a result, the Swiss airline "Ad Astra Aero" immediately placed orders for the aircraft and in 1925 four machines were delivered. All aircraft of the first line (wk # 831 to 851) were designated G23. To get around the Treaty of Versailles, many individual components were shipped to Sweden were they were assembled by Aktie Bolaget Flyindustrie at Limhamn. These were fitted with more powerful engines also. This was very successful, so many Junkers-completed G23s were flown to Switzerland upon completion for the newer, more powerful engines. These Swedish build and also the modified aircraft were called G24s. To avoid treaty limitations, most were first registered with foreign airlines before being registered in Germany. When the restrictions were listed, the aircraft were quickly painted in German colors. This was a very successful design for that time and 70 G24s were built and pressed into a number of different services. During it's lifetime, a variety of engines were installed, often with the wing engines of a different type than the nose engine. Sometimes the wingspan was changed due to these installations. In 1928, the first line ships were revamped into single-engine cargo aircraft called F24s with a single BMW engine.