Kit: Polikarpov 1-16 Type 10/17 ‘Great Patriotic War’ Scale: 1:32
Kit type: Limited-run injection-moulded with photo-etched this case it is possible to leave out the gun until later, thus avoiding difficult masking. With the addition of the tail wheel bay interior I could now close the fuselage. The horizontal stabilisers come as top and bottom surfaces, the finished units being butt jointed to the fuselage. The wings are constructed in a similar manner, with the addition of resin trailing edge plates. The Beaufort had a large double landing light on its port wing leading edge, the clear parts of which are marked in the plastic. Because of their size I decided to replace them with clear plastic. The relevant section was cut out and a block of clear Perspex glued in place. It was then a matter of filing it to match the wing contours and polishing it with various grades of wet and dry, finishing with a little polish. In retrospect I should have done the same with the navigation lights, since they are also quite large.
The engine nacelles are split vertically and a firewall is inserted in their forward ends. This has a degree of raised detail, but be warned! The detail is in the form of a cross with a deeper horizontal feature spanning two of its ‘arms’. In the assembly drawing for the nacelles, this heavier bar is shown at the top of the nacelle, immediately under the wing – but when you get to the undercarriage assembly drawing it is at the bottom. This latter position is correct because the undercarriage legs butt up to the firewall. Having sorted that out, the wings were butt jointed to the fuselage. A certain amount of trimming of the outside of the engines was necessary to allow each to fit its nacelle. On this variant the engine cowlings are shown to have Vokes filters. To be honest I am not sure about this. It may be that the particular aircraft I was modelling (L9878) had them fitted at some stage, but this machine is well known, since there is a colour photograph of it on the front of Warpaint No. 50, which is and resin parts Decal options: (three) two for Type 17 at Leningrad 1941/42; one for Type 10 with skis
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As I intended to spray the uppersurface pattern free hand, I fitted the various upper-surface antennae and the D/F loop. The main transparency encompasses the complete upper nose area and this was masked and painted before attaching it to the fuselage. There is one separate section, which I found was short and would obviously need a little filler to fill the resulting gap to the fuselage. Later, when I dropped the whole transparency into place, I found that it was slightly too wide in places. This is not easy to rectify. Normally I would jack the fuselage out with a piece of plastic, or maybe put a shim in between one side of the cockpit floor and the side wall. In this case it is difficult because the interior does not span the whole width of the fuselage and a jacking rod would be seen. Because of this I cemented the canopy in place and gradually built up layers of PVA glue until it faired in. After painting, only close inspection reveals the problem.
After painting was complete I added the ‘delicate’ bits to the underside. There is an antenna under the port wing that needs scratch building.
This Special Hobby kit of the Polikarpov 1-16 is a re-release of the Azur kit, with the addition of skis and a new underwing section that has the indentations for the ski tips, and revised exhaust stacks for the bottom of the
The underfuselage pitot comes as a plastic pillar with a small ‘T’ section at its end. I found it easier to scratch build the perpendicular section out of sprue. The Lorenz aerials under the fuselage are supplied in resin, but I found separating them from the casting block much more difficult than scratch building them. After I’d added a small aerial to port, as shown in photographs, and the rear section of the exhausts, the rather complicated undercarriage was fixed in place. I could now gloss the model and apply the decals.
After a couple of coats of matt the masking was removed and the turret gun and propellers added. These latter items are a little fiddly, since you have to glue separate plastic blades into shallow depressions in resin hubs. Now you have a nice looking Beaufort for your collection with just the torpedo to add. In this case etched brass fins slot into the plastic torpedo body and, to the rear of that, the detachable stabiliser. This latter detail takes a little patience. Supergluing such thin material edgewise is not the easiest task!
Apart from the canopy problem this kit went together well. The trees also include a late-style spinner, so possibly there will be later subtypes released in the future.
Unfortunately, there is only the Type 10 armoured cowl included. I found out that the Type 17 had a rectangular vent intake instead of the T shaped unit represented in the kit. Special Hobby’s 1-16 is moulded in a soft grey plastic typical of limited-run injectior kits. Exterior detail is good anc the scribing is very fine. I hac little to no flash on any of m} parts trees. Be prepared tc spend time aligning all the sub assemblies because there are no locating pins, except the three on the fuselage halves.
Construction begins with the cockpit, and there isn’t г whole lot there to get excitec about. The moulded-on detai is soft and incomplete accord ing to my references. You wil need to pay careful attentior to the fitting of the cockpii floor and the instrumeni panel. The top of the pane needs to be reshaped to con form to the fuselage contoui and the floor needs serious sanding of its edges to fil between the fuselage halves above the mounting tabs, cheated and glued it on to the bottom of the tabs, which ir my mind makes a better rep resentation of the distance between the top of the seal and the head rest. The seal was dressed up with the nice photo-etched (PE) belts thai are included in the kit. The detailing of the interior doesn’t really matter much since you can’t see any of it once the fuselage halves are closed up, even with the small doors hanging down.
Another area to watch is the horizontal stabiliser junctures. I was left with big steps at their root fairings that needed to be sanded down. Either the fairings at the tail are too large or the horizontal stabilisers are too small (I tend toward the latter), because they didn’t fit properly at the leading edge.
Special Hobby/Azur did away with the need to provide an engine by moulding the cowl with its armoured shutters closed. Since I wanted mine partially open, I ordered an aftermarket resin engine and fitted it (with serious surgery to the engine) inside the cowl. I then drilled out one-half of the shutter aperture (and one really can’t see the engine even after this operation). I also wound up trying to fill and file the circular vent holes, which were not present, as far as I could tell from my references, on the aircraft that had no propeller spinners. I also chose to drill out the machine – guns and vent, as they are moulded solidly to the cowl.
Special Hobby includes skis as an alternative to wheels. Unfortunately, the finishing schemes provided with this kit only represent a Type 10 with skis. In the directions, you have to make a choice – which also involves the wing underside and almost does not make sense, since the Type 17 has the ski-tip indentations in the underside of its wing for when the skis were retracted. Nor could I find any references to a Type 17 fitted with skis.
Either way, setting up the gear in the down position is a real challenge because of the lack of deep locating pins. I had to balance the main struts while trying to fit the two support struts from their respective spots. I also drilled in the wheel hub centres and the wheel wells for a retraction cable. I must note the outstanding job the company did designing the gun sight that is provided. It is made up of three very finely cast resin pieces (and the kit provides a duplicate of the two armatures, just in case the carpet monster gets hungry), two PE pieces and a clear piece. When assembled it is nothing short of beautiful, to the extent that a gun sight can be called beautiful. Also included are resin exhaust pipes that need to be fitted into the cowl openings.
There are no interior colour call-outs in the directions and with the dearth of interior references I could find on the net (a restored aircraft), it looks as if the walls and supporting structure were painted a medium grey and the seat, control column and floor were painted a medium green. I used Model Master leather on the seat back, head rest and seat belts, since I could not find anything to suggest otherwise.
I chose to finish the exterior in the markings of 1st Lieutenant G. Zhuikov, 7th IAP on the Leningrad front during the summer of 1941. I chose this scheme because I thought the camouflage was very different and would test my skills with the airbrush. All the colour references are for Gunze Sangyo. I found matches for Model Master and Humbrol and used those paints instead. The decals are printed by AVI Print and went down beautifully, with just a touch of Micro Set. Weathering was kept to a minimum, with a wash of artist’s oils, and ground pigment for the exhaust stains.
Special Hobby’s release of the 1-16 Type 10/17 covers an interesting subject with a long development and service history. I would recommend this kit to intermediate and advanced modellers due to some of its fit challenges and overall ‘limited-run’ nature. With proper care and attention, it builds into a very nice representation.
Note: For you AMS (after market stuff) modellers, Contact Resine makes three different sets for this model, an undercarriage set, a cock-pit/sidewall set and a replacement for the cowl and engine front. The speciality firm Engines and Things also produces an M-25 engine in this scale.
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