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Polikarpov I-16 Airplane Models

Delve into our curated collection of diecast models of the Polikarpov I-16 - Precision Crafted, Historically Significant, and Collectible Aircraft Models.

The Polikarpov I-16 was a revolutionary Soviet fighter aircraft of the 1930s and played a significant role in early World War II. It was one of the world's first monoplane fighters with a retractable undercarriage and was known for its exceptional agility and speed. The I-16 was a key fighter in the Soviet arsenal during the Spanish Civil War and the early stages of the conflict with Germany.

Notable for its compact design and innovative features for its time, the I-16 was produced in various models, including the I-16 Type 5, Type 10, and Type 24, each offering improvements in armament and performance. Despite being outclassed by newer aircraft as the war progressed, the I-16's contributions to the Soviet air efforts, especially in the Battle of Moscow, make it a notable aircraft in the history of military aviation. The Polikarpov I-16's legacy as a pioneering fighter design and its role in significant early WWII battles make it a subject of great interest for military aviation historians and model collectors, particularly those with a passion for early fighter aircraft development.