Soviet fighter I-16 Type 28 in 1/48 scale – new model by ukrainian manufacturer ICM.
Box & Box-Art
Box made from strong cardboard. Box-art is very colourful and pleasant.
…two sprues with 88 plastic details, 5 clear parts, decal sheet and assembly/painting guide. Details are very good quality. Pilot cabin are reproduced.
Decal is good and accurate, but here on one small mistake – instrumental panel decal is missing.
Test-build of this model made by our friend Andrei Melnikov (Estonia).
That’s what He says:
The model assembly is very well, without problems.
Clear instruction, nice decal. We have one more pleasant model from ICM in 48-th scale. Must have!
We recommended this model for all modellers, who build WW2 aircrafts in 1/48 scale.
Historical note about I-16:
The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world’s first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to attain operational status and as such “introduced a new vogue in fighter design.” The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter, nicknamed “Ishak” or “Ishachok” (“Donkey” or “Burro”) by Soviet pilots, figured prominently in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War – where it was called the Rata (“Rat”) by the Nationalists or Mosca (“Fly”) by the Republicans. The Finnish nickname was Siipiorava (“Flying Squirrel”).