Building the Polikarpov I-153 as used by the Guomindang Air Force - ICM 1:72 kit 72076
The Polikarpov I-153 Chaika (Чайка, Seagull) was an advanced version of the I-15 with retractable undercarriage. Some 93 craft were delivered for use by China’s Guomindang Air Force 中華民國空軍 in the second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) where they proved quite a match for the Nakajima Ki-27 Nate.
This is my first ICM kit, and proved a nice quick 1:72 holiday build. I was pretty impressed with the details and fit. The plastic is a little on the soft side, but it doesn’t detract from the kit - just need to be very careful with tools!
|[I-153 WWII China Guomindang AF Fighter, ICM||No. 72076||1:72](https://icm.com.ua/aviation/i-153-2/)|
I-153 China Guomindang AF, 1940
|Priming||Vallejo 74.602 Black|
|A||Flat Black||XF1||70.950 Black||tires|
|B||Olive Green||XF62||70.893 US Dark Green||upper body|
|C||Flat Light Blue||XF23||70.907 Pale Grey Blue + 70.839 Ultramarine + 70.953 Flat Yellow, approx 6:2:1||lower body|
|D||Aluminium||XF16||Humbrol 56||prop, cockpit cage|
|E||Light Grey||XF66||70.990 Light Grey + 70.992 Neutral Grey 2:1|
|K||Gunship Grey||XF54||70.994 Dark Grey||n/a|
The cockpit has some nice details, though I discovered later that they are hardly visible in the finished model.
Parts primed in black..