of the Profile & Scale series illuminates the various Polikarpov
fighters of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The book is fully bi-lingual Spanish and English text, to include all captions, descriptions and references. More than 70 full-colour
profiles document the appearance of these famous I-15s and I-16s, or Chatos and Moscas,
in unstinting detail and accuracy. All-original, never previously
published 1:48 scale line drawings are provided for the I-15 from all
three manufacturers, Russian and Spanish. Full scale plans are included
for the I-16 Types 5 and 10, but also for the special Ispanskii hybrid
version shipped to Spain and the locally built examples from Alicante.
These line drawings are the culmination of nearly 30 years' dedicated
work on Polikarpov aircraft, and should present the most complete,
accurate and illuminating scale work regarding these machines to date.
The book presents many production, development and detail facts about Polikarpov fighters in Spain which have not been published previously. The old myth of the I-16 “Type 6” is laid to rest at last, and the mysterious Ispanskii models finally revealed. A proper explanation of the Russian M-25 engine is presented along with other such technical details, making this volume a treasure-trove for variant identification and resolution.
This new Profile & Scale series is designed for the modeller
hobbyist as a graphical resource for the subject aircraft. The books
are divided into two main sections, with the first containing more than 80
fully rendered colour profiles, each illustrating a
specific historical example in exacting detail. The accompanying
explanatory text and photographs help to clarify any points of interest
This colour artwork is complimented in the following section by dozens of superb scale line drawings which demonstrate the exact shape and dimensions of the machine to a degree never seen previously. These scale drawings cover all of the main variants and developments of the type, including detail views of important modifications and features.
The Profile & Scale series books are a treasure-trove for hobbyist and historian, alike. Those wishing to complete their own modelling project or artwork with the utmost accuracy and historical fidelity will find no better resource with which to do so. "