Eduard 1/48 Polikarpov I-16 Type 10
Here is my first contribution to this great new (to me!) site.
It is Eduard’s 1/48 scale Polikarpov I-16, Type 10. I used decals from a long OOP Superscale sheet for the code letters/numbers and the ‘Betty Boop’ on the tail. All other markings, and camouflage, painted using Tamiya and Gunze Aqueous paints.
Model is essentially OOB with a few minor additions such as the landing gear retraction cables and opening of the view ports in the landing gear wells (the view ports needed slight repositioning from the kit outlines as well).
This kit is about as complete as they get, and includes some nice photoetch bits. Construction went quickly, as it is a small airplane and the parts all fit extremely well. I elected not to open the pilot’s access door, but in retrospect which I had done so in order to see some of the cockpit detail. Incidentally, Eduard molded the floor as one solid piece, and in fact it was open, with troughs for the pilot’s feet to rest on. This was an easy fix with a razor saw. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos before closing up the fuselage, but I did do that modification.
There are lots more interesting schemes for this aircraft, and I plan to build more of these kits sometime in the future.
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.