|This inaugural book in my new Profile & Scale series
details the Polikarpov I-16 family comprehensively. Numerous well known
I-16 examples are faithfully documented in full-colour profile. Perhaps
most importantly, the work contains many pages of my original, never
previously published scale line drawings (in 1:48). The line drawings
are the culmination of nearly 25 years' dedicated work on such scale
details, and should present the most complete, accurate and
illuminating such work anywhere at the present time. Readers will find
many I-16 family myths put to rest, and at long last many hitherto
confused or inaccurate details rectified.
Full four-side views (top, bottom, port, starboard) are provided for all of the major production models of the I-16, and additionally frontal views for important versions. The scale line drawings are complimented by unique shading block artwork which illuminates the aircraft's various shapes, bumps and curves using a 3D rendering of the Type 24.
Many of the colour profiles represent examples which will be familiar to most students of the I-16, albeit completed to the utmost standard of accuracy. However, several profiles will doubtless be new even to experienced readers; I hope these delight both the casual reader and the serious student, equally.
|" This new Profile & Scale series is designed for the modeller and
hobbyist as a graphical resource for the subject aircraft. The books
are divided into two main sections, with the first containing over 70
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. "