Wednesday, March 16, 2016

'Risk Taker' from PhilH - 'Republican Pilot'

For this theme round, and the challenge theme, I present a little diorama I've been feverishly working on. It depicts a downed Spanish Civil War Republican fighter, whose pilot managed to nursed his beloved "Mosca" into a crash-landing.


The Republican pilots of the SCW were doubtless daredevils, gamblers and risk-takers. Outnumbered, they started the war with obsolete planes and were quickly up agains the German Condor Legion and Italian Legionary Air Force supplied by the Rebel's allies. The Rebels superior air power, and innovative use of it contributed to many of their successes, and to Republican defeats.


The plane is a Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 fighter, nicknamed the "Mosca" (Fly) by the Republicans and "Ratta" by the Rebels. More than 250 I-16s were supplied but the Soviets to the Republican Air Force. This is a 1:48 scale kit from Czech company Eduard. I was originally looking to build a reconnaisance or light bomber, intending to do a larger plane but under-scale in 1:76. But the SCW is less well served by kits compared to WWII, so I went for this larger I-16 in quick-build 'weekend edition'. It's got a pleasingly Soviet functional look, it's snub nose making it look a bit like an oil-drum with wings. I was really chuffed to snag one for a mere £9 with delivery too! Unfortunately, the decals weren't usable, but I've covered off the main markings. 

I built the kit as is, as Google-fu'd pictures of crashed I-16s seemed to be impressively whole - they must be pretty sturdy! So I just knocked some bullet holes in and had fun doing some mangled landing gear and a shrub that had been clipped as debris:

The embryo for this idea was a quickly aborted idea for my Curtgeld - A thought to do a SCW pilot as 'daredevil' for Curt discarded once I remembered that Curt had already put on such a scenario! - http://analogue-hobbies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/worst-case-scenario-12-condor-down.html

Filed away for future reference, but resurrected once I got the pilot miniature from the SCW edition of Painting War magazine.

A really neat miniature, though much skinnier and more finely detailed than the main 28mm SCW ranges. Mine also had weird casting issue of horizontal lines all the way down the front, it looked almost like 3D printed minis do. I got most of them off eventually.

  

Lastly the theme entry was a gamble for myself - I only got the pilot at Hammerhead last weekend, and ordered the I-16 last Sunday. Very fortunate it arrived by Thursday to build and paint, and that I could find enough time to get it and the pilot done at ponderous pace! 

24 comments:

  1. Gamble at multiple levels - excellent work!

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  2. Great work Phil. I had to miss that game at Curt's and was sorely irked that I did. Hopefully, he'll do a replay soon.

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    1. It looked like a great game - the idea has been pinched for my own SCW games.

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  3. I like this one, Phil - I've always had a good deal of affection for the Polikarpov; it's a tubby little thing but it always punched above its weight.

    Well done!

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    1. I agree - it's delightfully functional.

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  4. Right up to your usual standard Phil!

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    1. You're very kind Michael.

      Also, lots more colour on this one ;-)

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  5. Oh wow, this is just fantastic Phil! Like Ev, the Polikarpov 'Rata' is one my favourite all time aircraft - I NEED to get that kit. I also love the pilot. Now I have to find that magazine as well. Curse you!! :)

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    1. Ah glad you liked it Curt, as you provided the seed of inspiration. Really chuffed with the kit, not fiddly and gets my 'wargaming seal of approval'.

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  6. Very nice! Everyone needs a downed pilot to fight over.

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    1. It's a scenario on a plate for the future. All part of the plan!

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  7. Brilliant work, Phil. I've been loving all of your submissions this Challenge (and I'm sorry I am so behind in commenting). This is tremendous - well done indeed!

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    1. Why thank you Sidney. You know in tempted to buy a few more of these and make an aerodrome...

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  8. Nice work, Phil! That is going to be a great objective!

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