1 in stock
1 in stock
1/72 scale model from Russian manufacturer Radon of the Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 in Soviet Air Force livery. Perfect accompaniment to the Corgi range of 1/72 WW2 fighters. Quite a heavy model which has to be seen to be appreciated. Complete with lowered undercarriage position on a plastic base. Box is slightly crushed and the patina is a little damaged, but the model is fine.
Length 3.5 inches Wingspan approx 4 inches
The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world’s first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such “introduced a new vogue in fighter design.” The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter, nicknamed “Ishak” (“Donkey”) by Soviet pilots, prominently featured in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War—where it was called the Rata (“Rat”) by the Nationalists or Mosca (“Fly”) by the Republicans. The Finnish nickname for I-16 was Siipiorava (“Flying Squirrel”).