The Polikarpov I-16 was the most important Soviet fighter of the
Spanish Civil War and the earliest days of the Great Patriotic War. Azur
continues the trend that it started with its Dewoitine D.520, and has now
released a 1/32 scale Super Mosca, which has been unrepresented in this large
scale until now.
Azur's 1/32 scale Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 comprises 51 parts in grey styrene, 1
part in clear injection moulded styrene, 13 parts in cream-coloured resin, a
photo-etched fret and
decals for three aircraft.
The plastic is smooth and free from any moulding imperfections.
The surface features crisp and consistently recessed panel lines with
convincingly subtle fabric texture on control surfaces.
The big ejector pins that often plague the inner surfaces of
many limited-run kits are rare, and none will interfere with fit or be visible when
the kit is assembled.
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The windscreen is supplied as a single clear part is supplied in high-quality, thin injection-moulded
Resin parts are provided for the separate exhaust stubs and some smaller
(indeed, tiny) details for the cockpit.
A photo-etched fret with a full harness and the gunsight ring
and bead is also supplied.
Kit options include alternate spinners and a positionable
rudder. The cooling vents in the front of the engine cowling have been moulded
closed, which means that Azur did not need to supply an engine.
Markings are supplied for three machines from the Spanish Civil
War era. There are two Republican machines, and one Nationalist scheme. The decals are in perfect register
and the colour looks good.
The cockpit on the real aircraft did not have a floor as such,
but Azur has simplified this area by supplying a full floor in plastic. The only
other issue is that the prominent wing root fairing panel on each fuselage side
is missing. It will be a simple matter to scribe these lines using the box art
as a guide.
Azur's new 1/32 scale Polikarpov I-16 is a nice kit that that is
reasonably detailed straight from the box and should be simple to build. If Azur
follows the same approach as with last year's D.520, we will probably see a
"High Tech" version with more resin and photo etched parts in the near future.
We are also almost certain to see after-market detail sets and conversions. Even
at this early stage, Data Designs has announced a set of Soviet decals for the
At USD$36.00, the kit is priced about the same as Hasegawa's new
1/32 scale Bf 109 and Fw 190 family, making it great value for money too.
Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett
Page Created 29 September, 2004
Last updated 29 September, 2004
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