Azur makes a nice little model of the Polikarpov I-16 Rata / Super Mousca.
This model is built as a plane from the Spanish Civil War, fighting on the republican side. I decided to change a few things, the floorboard is not solid as in the kit, so I opened the sides. Also the model came with a closed cowl meaning that no engine was visible, I found a suitable engine, a nine cylinder radial and as not much was to be seen it didn't have to be an exact match. To allow it to be seen, I opened the shutters in the nosecowl.
The nosecowl showing how it was opened up
The engine from the spares box and the gunsight.
The finished model. The kit didn't need a lot of tweeking and twisting, it went together pretty fine with little trouble or filler.
The engine may not be all wrong, as it is from a matchbox Dauntless that used the engine the Soviets vere hoping to licence build for the Rata.
Opdateret d. 20.4.2014