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I-16

Begemot 1/32 Polikarpov I-16 Family Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2011 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Polikarpov I-16 Family Scale 1/32
Set Number 32007 Pros Markings for 47 different Polikarpov I-16s
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $TBA    

First Look

Begemot Decals is an interesting decal company from Rostov-on-Don, Russia that offers a nice array of markings for Soviet-built aircraft. In this release, Begemot produces a Polikarpov superset for the MPM/Special Hobby series of 1/32 I-16 kits. In this set, there are 47 different aircraft portrayed and it takes four sheets of decals to accomplish this feat. Let's take a look at the subjects covered:

I-16 I-16 I-16
  1. I-16 Type 10, 70 IAP, 3, Soviet AF, Tamsag-Bulak, 1939
  2. I-16 Type 10, 70 IAP, 5, Soviet AF, Tamsag-Bulak, 1937
  3. I-16 Type 10, 60 IAP, Soviet AF, Dzemgi, 1940
  4. I-16 Type 10, Research Aircraft, Moscow, 1939
  5. I-16 Type 10, 122 IAP, 15, Soviet AF, 1937
  6. I-16 Type 10, unk IAP, 5/7, Soviet AF, Khalhin Gol conflict, 1939
  7. I-16 Type 10, unk IAP, captured by German Army
  8. I-16 Type 10, 145 IAP, 23, Soviet AF, Shonguy, 1941
  9. I-16 Type 10, 1 Sqn/70 IAP, 2, Soviet AF, Tamsag-Bulak, 1939
  10. I-16 Type 10, 728 IAP, 91, Soviet AF, 1941
  11. I-16 Type 17, 5 IAP, 6, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1939
  12. I-16 Type 17, 22 IAP, 51, Soviet AF, Khalhin Gol conflict, 1939
  13. I-16 Type 17, 191 IAP, 8, Soviet AF, Leningrad, 1941
  14. I-16 Type 17, 191 IAP, 43, Soviet AF, Leningrad, 1941
  15. I-16 Type 18, 13 AP, 5, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1941
  16. I-16 Type 17, 4 GIAP, 28, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Novaya Lagoda, 1942
  17. I-16 Type 18, Plant 51 Overhaul, 1941
  18. I-16 Type 24, 13 OEh, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1940
  19. I-16 Type 24, 32 IAP, Soviet Black Sea Fleet Aviation, 1941
  20. I-16 Type 24, 72 SAP, 13, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, Murmansk, 1941
  21. I-16 Type 24, 72 SAP, 10, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, Murmansk
  22. I-16 Type 24, 67 IAP, 72, Soviet AF, South Front, 1941
  23. I-16 Type 24, 4 GIAP, 34, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Vystav, 1942
  24. I-16 Type 24, 286 IAP, 30, Sovet AF, Leningrad Front, 1942
  25. I-16 Type 24, 4 GIAP, 21, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Ladoga, 1942
  26. I-16 Type 24, 27 IAP, 52, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1943
  27. I-16 Type 24, 72 SAP, 11, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, Murmansk, 1941
  28. I-16 Type 24, 254 IAP, 27, Soviet AF, Leningrad Front, 1943
  29. I-16 Type 24, 43 IAP, Soviet AF, Kharkov Operation, 1942
  30. I-16 Type 27, 975 IAP, 16, Soviet AF, Kuban Region, 1943
  31. I-16 Type 28, 69 IAP, 01, Soviet AF, Odessa, 1941
  32. I-16 Type 28, unk IAP, 4, Soviet AF, South Front, 1941
  33. I-16 Type 28, 79 SAP, 51, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1941
  34. I-16 Type 10, CM-158, 1 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1939
  35. I-16 Type 10, CM-170, 4 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  36. I-16 Type 10, CM-174, 4 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  37. I-16 Type 10, CM-193, 3 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  38. I-16 Type 10, CM-222, 4 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  39. I-16 Type 10, CM-249, 21 AG, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  40. I-16 Type 10, CM-215, 5 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  41. I-16 Type 10, CM-253, 6 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  42. I-16 Type 10, CM-260, 4 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  43. I-16 Type 10, 26 AG, Spanish AF, 1944
  44. I-16 Type 10, 2409, 24 Sqn, Chinese AF, 1940
  45. I-16 Type 10, 71, unk Sqn, Chinese AF, 1939
  46. I-16 Type 10, 94, unk Sqn, Chinese AF, 1940
  47. I-16 Type 10, 26 Sqn, Chinese AF, 1937

As you can see, this decal set provides a wide variety of national Air Forces as well as some interesting markings for the MPM/Special Hobby kits. If you've been considering some unique I-16 projects, this is the one-stop decal set to offer you (and your entire club) a nice selection of Polikarpovs.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Begemot Decals, visit their website at http://www.begemotdecals.ru.

My sincere thanks to Begemot Decals for this review sample!

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