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12 Feb 2021 9:25 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Anton Ryzbak09 Feb 2021 8:55 p.m. PST

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Called "Rata" by some and "Mosca" by others the Polikarpov I-16 was called the "Donkey" by the Russians. I painted this one up as a flying model for a Winter War match-up with my Finns. I painted it to match a picture I saw of a Russian ground crew frantically white-washing one during that conflict. link

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Feb 2021 9:05 p.m. PST

One of my fave aircraft.

skirmishcampaigns09 Feb 2021 9:33 p.m. PST

Me too. Love it.

7dot62mm09 Feb 2021 10:10 p.m. PST

Looks great, the weathering really works!

tomrommel110 Feb 2021 12:14 a.m. PST

indeed it does

boggler10 Feb 2021 5:38 a.m. PST

Very cool!

Twoheart10 Feb 2021 8:31 a.m. PST

Looks like crap, but in a good way. Powder smears off the gun tubes looks great. Queen of the skies unless a Messerschmitt was around. 40 turns of a hand crank pulled the wheels up into wheel wells. Spanish communists paid for hundreds of these things from their gold reserves. They sent their entire gold reserves to Moscow for the duration of the Spanish Civil War. For safekeeping. hahahahaha

Matsuru Sami Kaze10 Feb 2021 9:02 a.m. PST

This is the correct way to paint a winterized Russian aircraft. Nasty and rugged (crappy) just like a Russ winter.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2021 9:45 a.m. PST

That looks great!!

Jim

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

I watched them last night on Netflix in "Winter War" diving on Finnish troops. Disappointing film (not a skisoldier or reindeer or Soviet BT 5/7 to be seen) but they did try to show the conflict. Those Ratas could shift! At least they did in this CGI

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

I watched them last night on Netflix in "Winter War" diving on Finnish troops. Disappointing film (not a skisoldier or reindeer or Soviet BT 5/7 to be seen) but they did try to show the conflict. Those Ratas could shift! At least they did in this CGI

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2021 3:19 p.m. PST

Outstanding!!!!!

7dot62mm11 Feb 2021 5:36 a.m. PST

Deadhead, actually the I-16s in the film aren't CGI, they're radio-controlled models :) The film is from 1989 so CGI wasn't too good yet. Also, no reindeer on the Taipale front (too far in the south) and skis weren't used that much in the battles there which did not require much mobility. There were BT tanks at Taipale, but there are none in running condition in Finnish museums, plenty of T-26s though :)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2021 8:51 a.m. PST

Thanks. I had no idea the film was that old!

Totally agree that they chose to show the Winter War where it was fought as trench warfare and, rather static, slogging away. But, to me, The Winter war means the frozen North, reindeer and skis and Russian columns cut off in forests and massacred.

Radio controlled models?…they looked good and now I realise why they seemed impressive for CGI. They were not such.

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