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RUS001 Polikarpov I-16 (1:285)


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This pack contains one Polikarpov I-16. The I-16 was considered a revolutionary design when produced. It was the world's first cantilevered monoplane with retractable landing carriage. Having said that, it was not a good aircraft to fly and had problems with it's guns jamming. The I-16 saw service with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil war and was the main Soviet fighter in 1941 when the Germans invaded. It was more manoeuvrable than the Bf-109 and had a tighter turning circle, but, it was significantly slower which put it at a serious disadvantage in dog fighting. The I-16 was replaced by the end of 1943.

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Date from 1936
Date to 1950