Polikarpov I-16 Type 29
Eduard, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 8152 - Polikarpov
I-16 Type 29
|Contents and Media:
||119 parts in olive coloured plastic;
2 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; clear acetate
film for landing gear bay window; markings for four aircraft.
||USD$29.95 plus shipping
available online from Eduard
||Well detailed; superb surface
features including varied fabric texture and crisp panel lines where
appropriate; includes colour photo-etched parts for harness and
instrument panel; attractive marking options; very high quality
plastic; narrow sprue attachments; lots of options (including some marked not for use
in this kit).
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale I-16 Type 29 will be
available online from Squadron.com
Eduard has expanded its Polikarpov family with
the final variant, a 1/48 scale I-16 Type 29.
Eduard's 1/48 scale I-16 Type 10 comprises 119
parts in olive coloured plastic, 2 parts in clear, a colour photo-etched
fret, a small masking sheet and decals for four marking options.
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This model differs from the earlier releases in terms of armament,
cowl configuration and the newly designed lower wing. I applaud Eduard's
continuing strategy of providing entirely new parts for different
variants, and not relying on inserts which can be tricky to fit and
In common with the earlier Polikarpovs, this kit is state of the art in terms of packaging, quality of
injection moulded parts, detail and markings.
The styrene parts are attached to five sprues via fine connectors.
Moulding quality is superb. I could not find a single sink mark or
ejector pin in any area that will be visible on the finished model.
Ample options are supplied, including a choice of cowling styles,
positionable cooling grille (either open or closed) and a RS 132 under
wing rockets. Attention to detail is exceptional. Eduard has even
provided small acetate windows for the wheel bays.
What continues to impress me most, however, is the lovely depiction of
fabric detail on the wings and the tail surfaces. Eduard has really
nailed this - not surprising considering their history with
fabric-covered WWI aircraft - with a very convincing yet subtle texture.
As on the real aircraft, the fabric effect is different on the lower
wings (mixed with metal panels) compared to the upper wings and the tailplanes. Really superb.
The remainder of surface detail is a combination of finely raised
access panels, recessed hinge lines for control surfaces, and a minimal
amount of crisply engraved panel lines.
Smaller details are no less impressive. For example,
each of the exhaust stacks is supplied as an individual part, and they
are all hollowed out at the end.
The colour photo-etched fret is a welcome inclusion.
This fret provides the harness and instrument panel in glorious colour,
plus more metal detail parts for the cockpit and the front cowl cooling
grille. The instrument panel should look fantastic when assembled,
incorporating all the tiny details of the dials and even Cyrillic
stencilling on the panel itself.
Instructions are supplied in a colour 12 page booklet,
with a detailed history on the front page followed by a parts list and
six pages of construction steps and four pages of full-colour marking
guides, each with a four-view illustration.
Markings are supplied for four aircraft, all with
different schemes. Decals are produced by Aviprint and look to be very
thin and of high quality.
Eduard has now reached a point where their new-tool offerings
regaularly rival the best kits from Japan. Indeed, Eduard's overall packaging and
level of included detail is, in my opinion, better than most mainstream
Eduard's Polikarpov I-16 Type 29 is a beautifully detailed, simple to
build kit that offers many interesting marking options.
I hope that
we will see a few squadrons of colourful late Ratas in defence of
Moscow at model shows
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