Oxford Diecast AC049 – 1/72 Scale Polikarpov I-16 Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||8.5 cm||3.34 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||12.5 cm||4.90 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic component
- Undercarriage fixed retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Polikarpov I-16, VVS (Soviet Air Force) – Oxford Diecast AC049
The Polikarpov I-16 is a Soviet single-seat, a single-engine, monoplane fighter with many advanced features for its time. It first flew on December 30, 1933, entering service in March 1935. A mainstay of the Soviet Air Force at the outbreak of World War II. Production ended in 1942, with 10,292 airframes built, of which 3,444 were two-seat trainers.
The chunky fuselage is a wooden semi-monocoque structure with an enclosed cockpit; canopy slides forward to open. The low mounted wings construction consisted of steel alloy spar, aluminium alloy ribs, and skin on the centre section and leading edges, fabric-covered outer panels. Ailerons extended almost the entire length of the trailing edge, also operated as flaps. The large tail used an aluminium alloy frame with a fabric covering. The undercarriage is a tailwheel type, with the main units mounted in the wings retracted by a hand crank.
Early production I-16 used a single Shvetsov M-22, a Soviet-built Bristol Jupiter VI, nine-cylinder single-row air-cooled radial piston engine, driving a two-bladed propeller. Followed by the Shvetsov M-25, a licensed built Wright R-1820-F3 Cyclone and finally the Shvetsov ASh-62, Soviet development of the Wright Cyclone. The I-16 Type 10 had a maximum speed of 447 km/h (278mph), a range of 525 km (326 mi), and a service ceiling of 8473 m (27,800 ft).
Armament consists of consisted of a two of 7.62×54mmR (0.30 in) ShKAS machine guns, one in each wing. Type 10 had two additional machine guns in the fuselage. Later variants used a variety of guns, including cannons and provision for rockets, bombs or drop tanks under the wings.
I-16 in Combat
The I-16 proved to be a capable fighter at the beginning of WWII and participant in several conflicts. First, with the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War, with China in the Second Sino-Japanese War. In Soviet service, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, Eastern Front and during the Winter War and the Continuation War against the Finns.