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Anton Ryzbak06 Sep 2021 6:09 a.m. PST


I decided that building models one at a time was unproductive so I started my own production line. link

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Sep 2021 6:10 a.m. PST

Love that plane… grin

Anton Ryzbak06 Sep 2021 6:14 a.m. PST

The Revell kit is a breeze, the much newer one from IMC was a bit of a nightmare

Chimpy06 Sep 2021 12:20 p.m. PST

The I16 is just so cute in a Rocketeer kind of way. I've got a couple in 1/100th.

Anton Ryzbak06 Sep 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

The classic question of "how small of an airplane can we attach to this giant engine?" I am tracking down models of the experimental versions the I-17, I-180 and I-185

SHaT198408 Sep 2021 1:31 p.m. PST

Rata is a [protected native] tree; otherwise I have no idea what the 'subject' is supposed to convey…

Anton Ryzbak08 Sep 2021 4:15 p.m. PST

Back in the 50's "The Rat Pack" was a group of "cool" musicians and entertainers that would hang out at Humphrey Bogart's house. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Joey Bishop; They defined cool before it became a "thing" to be copied.

The Polikarpov I-16 was nicknamed the "Rata" during the Spanish Civil War.

I think that the I-16 is a particularly cool airplane and looking at the four of them together a thought crossed my ancient mind "What a pack of Ratas". For somebody in their seventh decade the connection made sense; sorry if I caused any confusion.

Anton Ryzbak10 Sep 2021 10:21 a.m. PST


I got them all finished, now I have to work my way backward through the "I" series of fighters. I have an I-153, I-152, I-3 and I'm looking for an I-5

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