ICM | 32001: 1/32 Polikarpov I-16 Type 24
Reviewed by Andrew Birnie
I hadn't heard of ICM of The Ukraine before reading of their first foray into 1/32 with the Polikarpov I-16, which wasn't an aircraft, truth be told, which set my pulses racing, but after reading a favourable post by Tony Thornborough of this parish, I took the plunge and ordered one, which arrived this mighty fine very wet Mancunian summer's day.
I don't think I've been as impressed on viewing a new, to me least ways, manufacturer's product since my first Wingnut Wings purchase. Inside the sturdy box are four sprues, three grey, one clear, together with instruction booklet and a decal sheet with four options.
- Sprue A contains parts for the fuselage, control surfaces, and wheels.
- Sprue B provides parts for the wings, cowl, fuselage panels, prop, and undercarriage.
- Sprue C has the engine, cockpit, and sundry other parts.
- Sprue D the windscreen, instrument panel, gun sight, and wing lights.
The decals provide the following options:
- 67th Fighter Regiment, South Front, Summer 1941
- 72nd Mixed Regiment of the Northern Fleet Aviation, Summer 1941
- 4th Guard Fighter Regiment of the Baltic Fleet Aviation, Winter - Spring 1942
- 254th Fighter Regiment, Leningrad Front, Summer 1943.
The quality of the parts is utterly superb, right up there with Tamiya and Wingnut Wings in my humble opinion. Have you ordered one yet? You really should!
© Andrew Birnie 2017
This review was published on Wednesday, August 02 2017; Last modified on Wednesday, August 02 2017