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I-16

Begemot 1/48 Polikarpov I-16 Family Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2011 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Polikarpov I-16 Family Scale 1/48
Set Number 48021 Pros Markings for 100 (!!!) 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 releases a Polikarpov superset for the Eduard series 1/48 I-16 kits (or your favorite 'Rata'). In this set, there are 100 different aircraft portrayed here 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 4, 119 FS/70 SFD/Soviet AF, 4, Baku, Spring 1936
  2. I-16 Type 5 Prototype, 4A, TsKB-12 Factory Test Aircraft w/Wright Cyclone
  3. I-16 Type 4, 3c
  4. I-16 Type 5, Lake Khasan conflict, 5, Soviet AF, 1936
  5. I-16 Type 5, 2 Sqn/70 IAP/Soviet AF, Battle at Khalhin Gol, 1938
  6. I-16 Type 5, 2 Sqn/70 IAP/Soviet AF, 2, Battle at Khalhin Gol, 1938
  7. I-16 Type 5, Borispol, Soviet AF, Kiev, 1938
  8. I-16 Type 5, Borispol, 10, Soviet AF, Kiev, 1938
  9. I-16 Type 5, 13 OEh/61, 9, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1938
  10. I-16 Type 5, Borispol, 10, Soviet AF, Kiev, 1938
  11. I-16 Type 5, 13 OEh/61, 3, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1939
  12. I-16 Type 5, 13 OEh/61, 1, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1939
  13. I-16 Type 5, 25 IAP, 228, Soviet AF, Soviet-Finn Conflict
  14. I-16 Type 5, 13 OEh/61, 11, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1939
  15. I-16 Type 5, 5 IAP, 50, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1941
  16. I-16 Type 24, 4 GIAP, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1942
  17. I-16 Type 5, 13 OEh/61, 13, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1941
  18. I-16 Type 5, unk IAP, 1, Soviet AF, 1941
  19. I-16 Type 10, 70 IAP, 3, Soviet AF, Tamsag-Bulak, 1939
  20. I-16 Type 10, 70 IAP, 5, Soviet AF, Tamsag-Bulak, 1937
  21. I-16 Type 10, 60 IAP, Soviet AF, Dzemgi, 1940
  22. I-16 Type 10, Research Aircraft, Moscow, 1939
  23. I-16 Type 10, 122 IAP, 15, Soviet AF, 1937
  24. I-16 Type 10, unk IAP, 5/7, Soviet AF, Khalhin Gol conflict, 1939
  25. I-16 Type 10, unk IAP, captured by German Army
  26. I-16 Type 10, 145 IAP, 23, Soviet AF, Shonguy, 1941
  27. I-16 Type 10, 1 Sqn/70 IAP, 2, Soviet AF, Tamsag-Bulak, 1939
  28. I-16 Type 10, 728 IAP, 91, Soviet AF, 1941
  29. I-16 Type 17, 5 IAP, 6, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1939
  30. I-16 Type 17, 22 IAP, 51, Soviet AF, Khalhin Gol conflict, 1939
  31. I-16 Type 17, 191 IAP, 8, Soviet AF, Leningrad, 1941
  32. I-16 Type 17, 191 IAP, 43, Soviet AF, Leningrad, 1941
  33. I-16 Type 18, 13 AP, 5, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1941
  34. I-16 Type 28, unk IAP, 2, South Front, 1941
  35. I-16 Type 17, 4 GIAP, 28, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Novaya Lagoda, 1942
  36. I-16 Type 18, Plant 51 Overhaul, 1941
  37. I-16 Type 24, 13 OEh, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1940
  38. I-16 Type 24, 32 IAP, Soviet Black Sea Fleet Aviation, 1941
  39. I-16 Type 24, 72 SAP, 13, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, Murmansk, 1941
  40. I-16 Type 24, unk, 6, Sevastopol Defense, Soviet AF, 1941
  41. I-16 Type 24, 72 SAP, 10, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, Murmansk
  42. I-16 Type 24, 67 IAP, 72, Soviet AF, South Front, 1941
  43. I-16 Type 24, 4 GIAP, 34, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Vystav, 1942
  44. I-16 Type 5, unk IAP, 64, Soviet AF, 1941
  45. I-16 Type 24, 286 IAP, 30, Sovet AF, Leningrad Front, 1942
  46. I-16 Type 24, 4 GIAP, 11, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Ladoga, 1942
  47. I-16 Type 24, 27 IAP, 52, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1943
  48. I-16 Type 24, 72 SAP, 11, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, Murmansk, 1941
  49. I-16 Type 24, 27 IAP, 56, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1942
  50. I-16 Type 24, 254 IAP, 27, Soviet AF, Leningrad Front, 1943
  51. I-16 Type 24, 43 IAP, Soviet AF, Kharkov Operation, 1942
  52. I-16 Type 27, 975 IAP, 16, Soviet AF, Kuban Region, 1943
  53. I-16 Type 28, 69 IAP, 01, Soviet AF, Odessa, 1941
  54. I-16 Type 28, unk IAP, 4, Soviet AF, South Front, 1941
  55. I-16 Type 28, 21 IAP, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, Leningrad Front, 1941
  56. I-16 Type 28, 79 SAP, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1941
  57. I-16 Type 29, 4 GIAP, 12, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1943
  58. I-16 Type 29, 71 IAP, 75, Soviet AF, Leningrad Front, 1941
  59. I-16 Type 29, 158 AP, 13, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1941
  60. I-16 Type 29, 4 GIAP, 33, Soviet Baltic Fleet Aviation, 1943
  61. UTI-4, 2 GIAP, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1942
  62. UTI-4, 2 GIAP, Soviet North Fleet Aviation, 1942
  63. I-16 Type 5, 1 AS 'Moskas', Spanish Republican AF, Kampo XX AB, 1936
  64. I-16 Type 5, 71, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  65. I-16 Type 5, 33, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  66. I-16 Type 5, CM-33, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  67. I-16 Type 5, CM-125, Spanish Republican AF
  68. I-16 Type 5, CM-158, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  69. I-16 Type 5, Spanish Republican AF, 1936
  70. I-16 Type 5, 1-W Aviation Group, Franco AAF, 1939
  71. I-16 Type 5, Spanish AF, Morocco, 1939
  72. I-16 Type 10, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  73. I-16 Type 10, CM-177, 4 AS, Spanish Republcan AF, 1939
  74. I-16 Type 5, CM-023, 1 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  75. I-16 Type 10, CM-158, 1 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1939
  76. I-16 Type 10, CM-193, 3 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  77. I-16 Type 10, CM-222, 4 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  78. I-16 Type 10, CM-249, 21 AG, Spanish Republican AF, 1937
  79. I-16 Type 10, CM-215, 5 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  80. I-16 Type 10, CM-253, 6 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  81. I-16 Type 10, CM-260, 4 AS, Spanish Republican AF, 1938
  82. I-16 Type 10, Captured Test Aircraft, Imperial Japanese Army, 1939
  83. I-16 Type 10, 28 AG, 1-W, Spanish AF, Morona, 1940
  84. I-16 Type 10, 28 AG, 1-W, Spanish AF, 1944
  85. I-16 Type 10, Spanish AF, 1939
  86. I-16 Type 10, Spanish AF, Morona, 1952
  87. I-16 Type 10, Spanish AF, Morona, 1949
  88. I-16 Type 10, 26 AG, Spanish AF, 1944
  89. I-16 Type 10, 2301, 24 Sqn, Chinese AF, 1938
  90. I-16 Type 10, 2409, 24 Sqn, Chinese AF, 1940
  91. I-16 Type 5, 2105, 21 Sqn, Chinese AF, 1938
  92. I-16 Type 10, 71, unk Sqn, Chinese AF, 1939
  93. I-16 Type 10, 34, unk Sqn, Chinese AF, 1940
  94. I-16 Type 10, 26 Sqn, Chinese AF, 1937
  95. I-16 Type 24, Aviation Corps, Mongolian National Army, 1942
  96. I-16 Type 29, Captured by Romanian Army, 1941
  97. I-16 Type 18, VH-201, Finnish AF, 1939
  98. UTI-4, UT-1, Finnish AF, 1942
  99. UTI-4, DM+HD, German AF, 1940
  100. UTI-4, Polish AF, 1945

As you can see, this decal set provides a wide variety of national Air Forces as well as some interesting markings for the Eduard (or your favorite I-16) 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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