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 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

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.