Eduard Polikarpov I-16 Type 24
If anyone read my post about the Eduard Spitfire I posted in Egyptian markings recently you will remember my griping about the poor quality ,now it’s time to eat my words because this little kit went together without a hitch.I only really wanted this in my collection because of the cool slogans on the sides,the writing in image#1 says “For Stalin” and in image #2 “Death to Nazi’s” ,or so I am told by my Russian neighbour ,during the construction of this kit I managed to drop and then stand on the only clear part the little windscreen , I contacted Eduard via E-mail and explained what I had done enquiring how I could purchase a replacement and was sent one gratis within 5 days so hats off to Eduard.
This little aircraft looks almost comical like something from a Walt Disney animation of the time but from what I have read it was an extremely formidable opponent being robust and powerful if a little under provisioned in guns,as usual with early Russian stuff not much in the way of protection for the pilot but those Russkies are made of tough stuff.
There is an enormous number of colour scheme options and lots of little differences in detail, landing gear ,canopies etc so I will probably build another at some point,enjoy the pics ,N.
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.