Words and images by Glenn Wilson
A-Model 1/72 Polikarpov I-16 type 5 Rata Spanish Republic
The arrival of this modern Soviet fighter ensured that the Republican fighter force retained air superiority – only the arrival of the Messerschmitt 109 in the later stages of the war could redress the balance. Type 5, Type 6 and Type 10 saw service in Spain. Some type 10s were licence built by Hispano.
I built this kit in parallel with the Hasegawa kit; despite what other reviewers might say I found it a nice easy little kit, even if slightly more difficult to build than the Hasegawa kit; and besides, Hasegawa do not make an early version suitable for the Spanish Civil War.