The Polikarpov I-16 was the most important Soviet fighter of the
Spanish Civil War and the earliest months of the Great Patriotic War. Azur released a 1/32 scale
Type 10 Super Mosca in September 2004, and now a Type 10/17 is available under
the Special Hobby label
Special Hobby's 1/32 scale Polikarpov I-16 Type 10/17 shares
much in common with the earlier Azur release, which comes from the same MPM
stable. In fact, we are presented with the entire contents of the Type 10 kit,
plus a new sprue with the Type 17 lower wing centre section, skis and alternate
The new kit contains a total of 71 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 armament, skis or
wheeled undercarriage, 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 Soviet machines with nice
variety in camouflage. One of these is a winter camouflaged Super Mosca with
skis. 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 reference
as a guide.
Special Hobby's new 1/32 scale Polikarpov I-16 is a nice kit of
a very important Soviet subject that that is reasonably detailed straight from
the box and should be simple to build. There are already after-market decals
(from Data Designs) and detail sets (from Contact Resine) for modellers who
really want to go to town on their Super Mosca.
Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett
Page Created 23 December, 2005
Last updated 23 December, 2005
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