Fly Model Polikarpov I-16

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  1. mor54

    mor54 Member

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    Hi every one.
    This is another of my card model collection. This time it is an I-16.

    Polikarpov I 16 is a russian fighter, first flown in 1933. This was the first russian cantilever with retractable landing gear and variable pitch propeller. It was in used in anger in the civil war in Spain and at the first years of WW2, with estimated total production of 7000.

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    Model preview

    The model at a scale of 1:33 is from the Polish company Fly Model, purchased through the internet from a store in Poland. Fly Model specialize in 1:33 aircraft models and 1:200 warship models. The I 16 model is very detailed and accurate, with good printing. The instructions are in Polish with a number of diagrams – aircraft top, profile and detailing for cockpit and landing gear.

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    Construction

    Most of the model is built "as is", with scratch building of the main gear, engine cylinders and cowl, and propeller spinner. The fuselage up to the engine cowling is build from 5 sections, each one rounded to a circular shape, the edges bonded with a tab. A shaped ring is bonded in each section to receive the fuselage geometry. The sections are bonded to each other with tabs. To mask the connection line, I am painting both edges with the same color as the fuselage, and let it dray before bonding.
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    The engine cowl was built "as is", and than, to get the round shape, filed to the right shape with Humbrol model filler, and smoothed with fine glass paper.

    The radial engine is made of 9 cylinders. Each one is made of a small cut cone, and than bonded radialy. To simulate the cylinder's cooling ribs, I used a thin and very flexible wire, that was densely wrapped around the cylinders. The engine was painted gray, bonded to the fuselage, and covered by the cow. In this position you need to be very close to see the engine through the cow cooling shutters.

    The propeller and spinner is built "as is", and the spinner was rounded by filling with Humbrol filler, and smoothed with fine glass paper. In this way, spinner shape is accurate, and the bonding line between the parts is not visible.
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    The weels where the most challenging part of the model. First I hade to find drawings and pictures from different directions of the landing gear, wheels and wheels bay. The landing gear is made of 3 bars, the main one is made of 1mm metal rod wrapped with paper, it's end bended in L shape. The other two made of wood bars. The 3 bars bonded to the wing, and than painted with gray Acrylic color.
    The wheels are made of card rings with 1mm diameter dIferens, bonded together and then filled to the right shape with a filler and smoothed with fine glass paper, and painted black. Than they where bonded to the main bar L shape.
    The main gear covers are made of a double sheet paper, the inner ribs are made from a flexible wire bonded to the inner cover. The outside covers were left in the original cover, and the inner painted gray.

    Colors and painting

    The model aircraft colors are of an aircraft served in 1941 in the russian center section, and the slogan translation is "For Stalin !" , what ever it is .....
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    Conclusion

    This model is good, detailed and accurate, and can build "as is", or with detailing as I did. For an experienced modeler, the drawing are good and detailed, and the Polish instructions should not be a problem.
    The model's price was 10 USD, a good value for 1:33 scale aircraft.

    Thanks,

    S. Mor
  2. dansls1

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    Neat looking plane - very clean build.
  3. cgutzmer

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    thats a really nice little build! Thanks for sharing it with us :)
    Chris
  4. chapuzas100

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    Very nice model, thank you for the fhotos.
  5. jyduchene

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    Nice buiild and thanks for the commentary. I appreciate your explanation as to the details you added. The landing gear are excellent.

    Thanks, John
  6. cjwalas

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    I have this kit as part of the Fly trio pack along with the IL-2 and JU-87B. It's great to see your build of it and the modifications you've made. Very inspiring!
    Thanks!
    Chris
  7. sakrison

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    Beautiful work and a very well-written review. Thank you!! Excellent job on the landing gear!
    --David
  8. mor54

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    Hi all

    Thanks for the very encouraging response. Hope to post my other finished models:
    Maly - Fokker DR1, Fokker E, Fokker DVIII, Hawker Typhoon, Sopwith Pup, Gloster Gladiator, Boulton Paul Defiant (needs a transperent canopy).

    Fly Model - P-51B, Yak-9, and Mig-23, Mig-15, Zero that are close to the finish line.

    In parallel, I am building two warships - a Modelik 1:200 USN Fletcher class destroyer, and Maly 1:300 HMS Ark Royal. Many other models are in the long whaiting list.

    S. Mor
  9. Gomidefilho

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    Wow! Very Nice! I-16 is my favorite russian plane, great job!
  10. DrBill

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    Beautiful job! I built the FM I-16 about 6 years ago, and it had multiple problems, especially with the landing gear and wheel wells. Looks like they've cleaned it up considerably. Maybe I'll try it again. Thanks for the review!
  11. alaimo@jcu.edu

    alaimo@jcu.edu I need a Pin up girl. . .

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    Fantastic build! I have a version of it from modelle kartonowe...now that I know what it should look like I will have to try it! Thanks for the pics you did a wonderful job!
  12. YuG

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    Once I made model kartonow's I-16 but it was not as good as yours.
    I want to try again following your way.
    Thank you for showing your nice model's pictures.
  13. NOBI

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    Love a look of this bird :)