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Polikarpov I-16 Rata

Johni044
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Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 18:21

20 Apr 2018, 07:12 #1

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24
1:32 Scale
03914
An in box review of this kit can be found Here



Normally on build reviews I build the kit purely out of the box, however with this being a larger scale kit with an open cockpit I've decided to put some belts in, so if I'm doing that I'll try a little weathering as well. I will be using brush painted Revell Aquacolor paints, Tamiya Extra Thin Cement unless I state otherwise in the narrative.

Construction starts with joining the wing tops and bottoms.


Next is attaching the lower cowling, however first I cut out and dry fitted the fuselage halves together.


The panel was fitted


This was then offered up the the fuselage to make sure everything lined up.


Moving onto the cockpit internals starting with the floor and seat.


and internal framing. Alignment was achieved by dry sliding the compoments into the dry fitted fuselage, then glue applied to the starboard side and waiting for the glue to cure.





Next will be the I/P and more cockpit work, that will be in the next update.

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jacksdad64
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20 Apr 2018, 08:03 #2

:pop:
I remember watching an interview with Günther Rall who said that the Rata was a very dangerous opponent.


Steve

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Johni044
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23 Apr 2018, 06:33 #3

Apparently it was only known as Rata by the Nationalist forces in the Spanish civil war, other names by the Soviets and Finnish.

Anyway the belts arrived on Saturday.


So I cracked on. The I.P. was assembled, for this I paintged the panel leaving the lens alone, then applied the decal to the inside using a thin coat of Humbrol Clear as a fixing agent.(sorry about the fuzzy picture, the camera must have focused on the framing.)


The belts were installed (Eduard ED33185) and dirtied down a little with a dark wash.


The oil tank was affixed to the firewall.


Followed handles for the guns.


U/C crank and other controls on the starboard side.


Rudder was assembled.


I did not fix the clear parts in the top panel, choosing to but them in with PVA after painting.


Fuselage was then joined.


And fixed to the wings.


You can see the Geebee influence on the design when its together.
TTFN.
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jacksdad64
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23 Apr 2018, 09:19 #4

:thumb: nice work on thebpit John. Those Eduard belts certainly bring it to life and in 32nd are a minimum anyone should add.

Steve


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CPNGROATS
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23 Apr 2018, 13:49 #5

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Martin
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23 Apr 2018, 18:55 #6

:like: can't wait to see painting finish.
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Johni044
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26 Apr 2018, 20:36 #7

That will be any days soon Martin.

Still on with construction, next up the control surfaces, firstly the wings and rudder.


Then the tail planes.


Which were then attached to the fuselage.

The tailplane/fuselage join was the first time durring construction that the fit was not perfect, this will need just a little tidy up before painting.

Onto the engine, the instructions would have you build the radial, mounting frame and exhaust then attach the entire structure to the firewall. After a little thought I opted not to go this route for one main reason. That is the exhaust stacks should vent through the engine covers and I did not want the exhausts not to line up with these vents. So firstly I cemented the engine mount to the firewall.



Then dry fitted the engine covers in place and retained them there with Tamiya tape.



The engine was constructed and the first set of exhaust pipes attached.


This enables me to slide the radial into position and fine tune the exhaust alignment allowing the cement to cure before moving onto the next set.


When all the exhausts were attached, the radial was cemented into position and the engine covers removed.


Finally the Battery? was carefully put in position with tweezers and cemented in place.


The engine front cover was then glued in place. (side panels still dry fitted at this stage)

Think I need to dirty down that yellow a tad.

Time for some paint next.
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jacksdad64
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27 Apr 2018, 08:08 #8

:hmm: I'm sorely tempted to get one of these little beauties.


Steve

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CPNGROATS
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27 Apr 2018, 23:04 #9

jacksdad64 wrote: :hmm: I'm sorely tempted to get one of these little beauties.


Steve
me too............ :woo:

Cheers,

ggc
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Johni044
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02 May 2018, 06:52 #10

Got some paint on the Rata, a couple brushed on coats of Revell Aquacolor 99 Aluminium thinned with some water.



Not a going for a natural metal finish as the plane is of wood and covered fabric construction.
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jacksdad64
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02 May 2018, 08:44 #11

Johni044 wrote:Not a going for a natural metal finish as the plane is of wood and covered fabric construction.
:hmm: so why the silver colour?


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Johni044
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02 May 2018, 08:46 #12

Because that is the colour it was painted.


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jacksdad64
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02 May 2018, 09:38 #13

:woo: ah so.

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Martin
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02 May 2018, 19:25 #14

In silver looks very good. I Still can not understand how is possible to achieve such smooth finish (no strokes) with brush.
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Johni044
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02 May 2018, 21:03 #15

Martin wrote:In silver looks very good. I Still can not understand how is possible to achieve such smooth finish (no strokes) with brush.
Alchemy ?
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Johni044
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02 May 2018, 21:04 #16

All I do is use a flat brush, thinned paint and paint in the direction of the airflow.
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Martin
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03 May 2018, 05:18 #17

Johni044 wrote:All I do is use a flat brush, thinned paint and paint in the direction of the airflow.
It can not be so simple...you are alchemist :yes:
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jacksdad64
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03 May 2018, 06:16 #18

Johni044 wrote:Alchemy ?
:rofl:
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Johni044
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12 May 2018, 10:38 #19

Got the decals on, need some to do a add some satin/mat varnish then a little weathering.



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DH764
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12 May 2018, 15:17 #20

That looks like a really good little kit :thumb:
Ill have to read up on its history as I know very little about that aircraft :)

Great paintwork John :yes:

Andy
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Johni044
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27 May 2018, 20:56 #21

The world’s first Cantilever single engined monoplane fighter with retractable undercarriage, quite a pugnacious little beast by all accounts Andy.

After the decals settled down I bedded them in by giving the complete airframe a coat of matt varnish, followed by a dark wash, as I wanted a painted aluminium finish rather than a NMF one.

A distinctive item of the plane, which is not mentioned in the instructions, is the polished metal ring at the front of the engine cowls. After masking I tried a Molotow chrome pen on the ring and apart from a little seepage under the tape I am very impressed with the product, I also used it on the U/C oleo.



I then moved onto the U/C themselves and again I deviated from the instructions which tell you to attach the U/C bay doors to the legs prior to assembly, I didn’t like that idea so fitted the U/C legs in place before then attaching the doors, this seemed to work fine and is the process I would recommend.

Another thing not mentioned in the instructions is the U/C retract mechanism. The wheels on this plane were hand cranked shut (37 turns on a handle in the cockpit) and this was accomplished by a line which ran from the U/C bay to the U/C wheel axle, I will be looking to replicate this somehow on the model.

A few little bits and pieces to add then it will be complete.
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DH764
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28 May 2018, 12:07 #22

:thumb: :thumb:

Andy
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Johni044
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01 Jun 2018, 08:49 #23

Make: Revell (Re-Box of ICM Kit 32001)
Scale: 1:32
Kit Number: 03914
Model: Polikarpov I-16 Type 24
Markings: “Red 41” 4th FAR USSR Navy, Baltic Fleet Aviation, Winter 1941
Paint Method: Paint Brush
Paints Used: Revell Aquacolor, Molotow Chrome Pen.
Decals Fixing: Humbrol Decalfix
Weathering: Flory Dark and Brown washes, very thinned Aquacolor
Varnishes: Revell matt Aquacolor
Aftermarket: Eduard seatbelt set 33185
Scratch Build: Ezline U/C retract cables

This is a really good fitting kit of the first cantilever low set monoplane fighter with retracting undercarriage in service anywhere in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed making it and can recommend it to any modeller with a little experience.



















Thanks once again to Revell for the review sample.
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jacksdad64
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01 Jun 2018, 09:55 #24

:clap: :wub: I think I may have to get one of them.


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peebeep
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01 Jun 2018, 13:52 #25

Definitely alchemy. Great finishing skills (as ever).
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DH764
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01 Jun 2018, 15:40 #26

Enjoyed following this build.....super result at the end :bow: :thumb:

Andy
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CPNGROATS
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01 Jun 2018, 15:43 #27

RATA Cheers,

:thumb: :woo: :thumb:

ggc
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Jamesv9820
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01 Jun 2018, 18:25 #28

Liking this one. Looks a tidy little model kit.

Nice job on the construction too
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