This iconic Russian monoplane fighter of the late 1930s is brought to life in a 60" wingspan scale model by Derek Micko, and featured as a construction series in the digital edition of Model Aviation magazine, October 2018. Our short kit includes laser-cut balsa and plywood parts. Plans are NOT INCLUDED with the basic short kit - they are a free download from the Model Aviation magazine plans website, or you can add them to your short kit as an option.
The Polikarpov I-16 was operated by multiple air forces, and was used by the Spanish Republicans from 1936, dominating the Fiat CR-32, Heinkel He 51 and Arado 68 biplane fighters of the Spanish Nationalist air force. In Spain, the Republicans called it the "Mosca" (fly); the Nationalists called it the "Rata" (rat).
During the German invasion of Russia in 1941, Soviet pilots found that their I-16 "Ishak" (donkey) aircraft could fight the Messerschmitt Bf 109E on equal terms in turns. The Germans made destruction of I-16 fighter bases a priority in their invasion tactics.
Wing Span: 60 inches
Weight: 4 to 5 pounds
Controls: 5 Channels (Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, Rudder, Retracts
Motor: Power 46 Electric
This kit ships "Parcel Select Ground" due to size and weight.