ICM’S NEW SINO-CENTRIC I-16 BOXING

The Ukrainian firm has released its 1/32 Chinese I-16 Type 10 for the second time, now with pilot figures. CHRIS CLIFFORD reviews the contents.

ICM’S NEW SINO-CENTRIC I-16 BOXING

Polikarpov’s pugnacious I-16 is a wonderful modelling subject in any scale, despite this stubby fighter not exactly winning any beauty contests. ICM pleased many fans of the aircraft when it released the first of its new-tool 1/32 I-16 family in 2017, a Soviet Type 24. Six more iterations followed, but now there’s a new boxing (32008) with parts for the previously Type 10 variant with Chinese markings and three figures. These feature some of the best moulding I’ve seen on styrene figures – even down to credible Far Eastern facial features. Two wear flight gear, while the other is dressed in standard uniform, possibly as a commanding officer.

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