World War II Fighter
Working from prison, Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov did an outstanding job leading his team to create the I-16 fighter. In the 1930's the I-16 was the world's first cantilever-winged monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear. Although obsolete by the time of Germany's invasion of the USSR, the little aircraft nevertheless gave a good account of itself. First flown in 1933 with the nickname "The Fly" it formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War II. During the Spanish Civil War it encountered the BF-109 for the first time and while serving in China it met the new Japanese Zero. Outclassed by these newer planes brave pilots stood their ground against these aggressors and often gave their lives in defense of their homelands. This Captain Blackhawk designed hollow log kit is sure to please.