Polikarpov I-16 type 24 "aerobatic team"
1:72, ICM
Model by Bert Andermann

Uploaded on September 15, 2010

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The model shows an aircraft from a aerobatic team. The team was perhaps "Krasnaya Pyaterka" (The Red Fives) which existed from 1935 to 1940. The aicrafts colour scheme is unknown, but red overall and silver stars is a likely interpretation of the black and white photos.

For images, discussion and some other historical informations on this team and its planes, see http://sovietwarplanes.com/board/index.php?topic=735.15

The ICM kit is currently the best one of an I-16.

I have made some modifications to the front of the engine cowl: closed air inlets and a corrected lower air intake (the shape of the lower air intake is similar to a polygon and not a foursquare).

The wheel covers are photo-etched parts from PART, and I have made a vacuformed windshield.