Polikarpov's I-16 family
by Massimo Tessitori

December 5, 2020: a page on the I-16 Type 12 was added to the I-16 Types page

9 March 2021: color 4-view drawings of all versions were introduced in the I-16 Types page and all its subpages.

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I-16 Types

The evolution of TsKB-12, I-16 and UTI

Differences between versions

Scale drawings of all versions

Gallery of photos divided for Types

I-16 details

An illustrated technical description of the plane, its structure and systems.

I-16 painting evolution

Notes on standard colors, from the prototype to wartime camouflages

I-16 models

Gallery of built models of many authors

of the Museo de l'Aire of
Cuatro Vientos, Madrid

Images by Massimo Tessitori



Istrebitel I-16 of M.Maslov

Red Stars 03- Polikarpov's I-16 fighter- its forerunner and progeny of Gordon and Dexter

Airwar n. 41,42 and 43- Polikarpov I-16 part 1, 2 and 3

Profile n.122- Polikarpov I-16

Polikarpov fighter in action part 2 - Squadron Signal

Red Stars of Geust, Keskinen, Stenman, ed . Opali

Barbarossa victims of T.Kopanski, Mushrooms

Aviones famosos n.7, Polikarpov I-16 Mosca o Rata of J.A.Guerrero, ed.S.Martin: Book in Spanish on I-16s, particularly on those utilized in Spain.

M-Hobby from 7-2018 to 6-2019: ceries of articles of M.Timin on the painting of Soviet planes in 1941-42, with excellent informations and images.



http://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/board/index.php?board=34.0sub-forum on I-16

http://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/board/index.php?board=39.0 sub-forum on prewar painting standards

http://maquette72.free.fr/amis/BLGenno/blgenno.php modellistic site with the huge and well documented collection of Polikarpov fighters of Bernard Le Guenno in French

http://fighters.forumactif.com/t88113-polikarpov-i-16-du-proto-au-i-185-pj-amodel-icm-artmodel-eastern-express-msd-1-72 Post on the models of I-16 and other Polikarpov fighters by Bernard Le Guenno, in French.

http://xn--80aafy5bs.xn--p1ai/aviamuseum/aviatsiya/sssr/istrebiteli-2/1920-e-1930-e-gody/istrebitel-i-16/ page on I-16 of a great site in Russian. Detailed pages on all versions are linked.

http://i16fighter.aviaskins.com/ Another excellent site on I-16 in Russian.

Now the links to a great work of Ricardo Rodriguez in Spanish on a thematic collection of I-16 models in 1/48, useful for other scales too:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/forodemodelismo/proyecto-ishak-capitulo-1-el-morro-1-parte-t8617.html#p61547 the nose

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/forodemodelismo/proyecto-ishak-capitulo-1-el-morro-2-parte-t8629.html#p61643 the nose part 2

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/forodemodelismo/proyecto-ishak-capitulo-2-el-fuselaje-t8752.html#p62186 the fuselage

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/forodemodelismo/proyecto-ishak-capitulo-3-2-parte-en-los-pozos-t8823.html#p62656 wheel bays

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/forodemodelismo/proyecto-ishak-capitulo-3-1-parte-antes-de-los-poz-t8820.html#p62625 in front of the bays

http://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/i-16/i-16_all.shtml page with links to many walkarounds, reviews of kits and decals and other stuff on I-16

http://scalemodels.ru/modules/photo/viewcat_cid_246.html walkaround on UTI-4

http://ava.org.ru/iap.html excellent site collecting history and photos on Soviet units and planes during the GPW. In Russian.

http://walkarounds.scalemodels.ru/v/walkarounds/avia/before_1950/uti-4/ walkaround on UTI-4 in Finnish miseum

http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewtopic_t_4735_start_0.html wide topic on I-16 in Russian.

http://www.airpages.ru/ru/saf-i16.shtml page on plane 'Za Staina' of Safonov, in Russian

http://airaces.narod.ru/all2/galchenk.htm page on Galchenko, including images of his I-16 white 23

http://airaces.narod.ru/ main page on aces of the Second World War

http://www.airpages.ru/ru/mod_i16.shtml good page on the I-16 in Russian

https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=875&t=99291&sid=3fde8987ef76cb668e6af1025d644d30 Excellent thread with photos of I-16 in Czech.

http://photo.qip.ru/users/fireman.77/4147691/?page=1 walkaround

http://forums.airforce.ru/do-1945/7265-zavodskie-nomera-i-16-a/ A wide list of serials, from a research of Lindr. In Russian.

http://www.avia-n-aero.ru/photo.php?category_id=20&parent_id=20&start=0 Huge collection of assorted historical photos, forthemost saved from Ebay.

http://www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/i16.html collection of photos of flying replicas of I-16s.

http://aviamir.info/vtoroe-dykhanie-i-16/ excellent page on I-16 types with M-63 engine, in Russian

https://www.mudspike.com/chucks-guides-dcs-i-16-ishak/ this page allows to downloadan excellent PDF guide for piloting 3D I-16 on DCS. Excellent and well commented drawings of the cockpit. In English.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV-9NA3BgP4 'Istrebiteli', Movie of 1939 with many excellent images of I-16 Type 5 and UTI-4, in Russian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpsUDpA1RAo 'Moskov skies', a wartime movie with a good number of MiG-3, I-16, I-153 and SB. In Russian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayA_q5j92fs Movie on Chkalow. Many images of I-16, I-15bis and other types. In Russian.