Fly Model's 1/33 Card
by Shalom Mor
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The Polikarpov I 16 was
a Soviet fighter aircraft, first flown in 1933. This was the first
Russian cantilever with retractable landing gear and variable pitch
propeller. It was in used in anger in the civil war in Spain and during
the first years of WW2, with estimated total production of 7000.
Fly Model's 1/33
scale Cardboard I-16
The model at a scale of
1:33 is from a Polish company Fly Model, purchased through the internet
from a store in Poland. Fly Model specialize in 1:33 aircraft models and
1:200 warship models. The I 16 model is very detailed and accurate, with
good printing. The instructions are in Polish with a number of diagrams
– aircraft top, profile and detailing for cockpit and landing gear.
Most of the model is
built "as is", with scratch building of the main gear, engine cylinders
and cowl, and propeller spinner. The fuselage up to the engine cowling
is build from 5 sections, each one rounded to a circular shape, the
edges bonded with a tab. A shaped ring is bonded in each section to
receive the fuselage geometry. The sections are bonded to each other
with tabs. To mask the connection line, I painted both edges with the
same color as the fuselage, and let it dray before bonding.
The engine cowl was built "as is", and than, to get the round shape,
filed to the right shape with Humbrol model filler, and smoothed with
fine glass paper.
The radial engine is made of 9 cylinders. Each one is made of a small
cut cone, and than bonded radialy. To simulate the cylinder's cooling
ribs, I used a thin and very flexible wire, that was densely wrapped
around the cylinders. The engine was painted gray, bonded to the
fuselage, and covered by the cow. In this position you need to be very
close to see the engine through the cow cooling shutters.
The propeller and spinner is built "as is", and the spinner was rounded
by filling with Humbrol filler, and smoothed with fine glass paper. In
this way, spinner shape is accurate, and the bonding line between the
parts is not visible.
The wheels where the
most challenging part of the model. First I hade to find drawings and
pictures from different directions of the landing gear, wheels and
wheels bay. The landing gear is made of 3 bars, the main one is made of
1mm metal rod wrapped with paper, it's end bended in L shape. The other
two made of wood bars. The 3 bars bonded to the wing, and than painted
with gray Acrylic color.
The wheels are made of
card rings with 1mm diameter deferens, bonded together and then filled
to the right shape with a filler and smoothed with fine glass paper, and
painted black. Than they where bonded to the main bar L shape.
The main gear covers
are made of a double sheet paper, the inner ribs are made from a
flexible wire bonded to the inner cover. The outside covers were left in
the original cover, and the inner painted gray.
The model aircraft colors are of an aircraft served in 1941 in the
Russian center section, and the slogan translation is "For Stalin !".
In my opinion this
model is good, detailed and accurate, and can build "as is", or with
detailing as I did. For an experienced modeler, the drawing are good and
detailed, and the Polish instructions should not be a problem.
The model's price was
USD$10, a good value for 1/33 scale aircraft.
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