The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world’s first low-wing cantilevermonoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to attain operational status and as such “introduced a new vogue in fighter design.” The I-16 was introduced in the mid-1930s and formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The diminutive fighter, nicknamed “Ishak” or “Ishachok” (“Donkey” or “Burro”) by Soviet pilots, figured prominently in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War – where it was called the Rata (“Rat“) by the Nationalists or Mosca (“Fly“) by the Republicans. The Finnish nickname was Siipiorava (“Flying Squirrel“).
Additional Information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polikarpov_I-16
Mark Rhodes (verified owner) –
Just bought Blood Red Skies and am using Pico aircraft for Soviet/German air forces. Great selection, great models unbeatable service! Going to have some massive dogfights.
Brent Carter (verified owner) –
So tiny and still looks great. I’m using this with the Buffalo Wings rules. They are perfect and I can still play on a small desk top.