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#748 I-16 Escuadrilla de Mosca

Building the beautiful ClearProp 1:72 rendering of the Polikarpov I-16 in Spanish Republican Air Force service in the Escuadrilla de Mosca. No electronics.



The Polikarpov I-16 was the world’s first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear.

At the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Republican forces (the good guys) pleaded for fighter aircraft and ultimately 475 I-16 Type 5s and Type 6s served in the Spanish Republican Air Force.

The Clear Prop! Polikarpov I-16 Type 5 No. CP72023 1:72 is a beautiful little kit. Here I’ve modified it for an inflight display on my wall.


markings are provided for eight painting schemes:

  • I-16 type 5. 21st Air Group, 1 aero. (1 Escuadrilla de Mosca). Aircraft of the Hero of the Soviet Union Senior Lieutenant Vladimir Bocharov. Madrid, 11/13/1936
  • I-16 type 5. Alown by pilot Sergey Kuznetsov, Carreno airfield. Possibly 1 air squadron (1 Escuadrilla de Mosca), October 1937
  • I-16 type 5. The plane of the Soviet pilots defending the port of unloading Cartagena, San Javie, 1936
  • I-16 type 5. Torrijos Airfield. This aircraft was shot down during the Battle of Brunete Baitenente Tocci by Fiat CR.32 in July 1937
  • I-16 type 5. 21 Air Group, 4 Air Squadron (4 Escuadrilla de Mosca), North of Spain, 1937-1938
  • I-16 type 5. 21 Air Group, 4 Air Squadron (4 Escuadrilla de Mosca),1937. Flown by pilots Sergeant Pedro Rueda and Jaime Perez Chulvi
  • I-16 type 5. 21 Air Group, 4 Air Squadron (4 Escuadrilla de Mosca), 1937-1938. Flown by pilots Morales and Zarauza
  • I-16 type 5. Nationalist trophy, Cuatro Vientos airfield (de Cuatro Vientos.) According to other sources airfield - Seville-Tablada. March 1938

Paint Scheme

Chosen scheme: #7 I-16 type 5. 21 Air Group, 4 Air Squadron (4 Escuadrilla de Mosca), 1937-1938. Flown by pilots Morales and Zarauza

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A upper fuselage Dark Green AMIG 0915 H302 under / H6 over
B Protective Green AMIG 0931  
C lower fuselage Light Grey Blue AMIG 0249 H417 + “dash of” H25
D Light Blue AMIG 0224 + 15% 0050  
E Light Grey AMIG 0219  
F interior fittings Aluminium AMIG 0194 70.997
G engine Silver AMIG 0195 H8
H cowling trim Polished Steel AMIG 0191 H18
I engine cowling Black AMIG 0046 H12
J interior Medium Grey AMIG 0212 H332
K wing/body bands Red AMIG 0049 H13
L White AMIG 0050  
M Blue AMIG 0224  
N Burnt Metal AMIG 0191  
O Gun Metal AMIG 0045  
P Tire Black AMIG 0033  
R Green Khaki AMIG 0058  
S Sand AMIG 0122  
T Clear Red AMIG 0093  
U Clear Green AMIG 0092  
insignia undercoat flat white   H11
tail insignia yellow   H4
tail insignia red   H13
tail insignia purple?   H13 + H25 + H11

Build Log


Fighting fascists in the skies of Spain! 21 Air Group, 4 Escuadrilla de Mosca, 1937-1938.

This is really a beautifully designed @clearpropmodels I-16 Type 5 in 1:72, makes for a perfect weekend project. In-flight conversion was quite easy with just the kit parts slightly sanded for fit.

ClearProp are a Ukrainian manufacturer that covers a range of classic and more obscure subjects. I first became really aware of them when I saw Brett Green’s H72N Hawk build in Models for Ukraine Vol 1 published by @chris.meddings, and since then I’ve been gradually working through their catalogue;-)

Credits and References

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  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

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