Intended as a replacement for the successful
I-153 biplane fighter,
the I-190 first appeared in 1939. It was an extremely clean single seat
biplane fighter, powered by a 100 hp. M-88 radial engine, and equipped with
a retractable landing gear.
However, when it became apparent
that the biplane was outdated, and that monoplanes, with their higher speeds
and greater aerodynamic efficiency, were
superior, the project was abandoned.
prototype airplane was tested with different engines and propellers, but
the prototype crashed on
and it was not rebuilt. A second prototype with a pressurized cockpit and
turbosupercharger was not completed. One is led to wonder how it would have
done against its contemporaries, including the Gladiator, Fiat CR.42,
Heinkel HE-51, and Grumman F3F-2.
It probably would have done very well had the monoplane not been
is a typical short-run kit, with the usual good molding with excellent
surface detail, but heavy sprue attachment points which require careful
trimming. There is, however,
quite a bit of flash that has to be trimmed, but this is to be expected from
short run kits. I suspect that this is an epoxy mold kit. The cockpit
interior is quite complete, and includes a floor, seat, rudder pedals,
control stick, and instrument panel.
The three bladed propeller
includes two different spinners, representing different stages of the
different cowlings are provided for the early and late versions, and the
landing gear can be fitted with either wheels or skis. The fuselage halves
go together easily, and a center section serves as a mount for the upper
wings in a single piece unit.
Therefore, it is almost impossible to get the wings attached incorrectly.
The single interplane struts
merely snap into place. The landing gear looks a little spindly, but it
conforms to photos of the airplane, and goes together to make a solid
support for the airplane.
here is no rigging diagram in the
instructions, the box art shows exactly where the three wires on each wing
Only a little filler is required after assembly, and the result is a
small, highly detailed scale replica of a very unusual but attractive little
biplane. A coat of light grey
is the only paint required, other than details, such as the cockpit
interior, prop, and landing gear.
The decals went on effortlessly, and the results were impressive.
Rigging was very simple, and although t
This little kit is a sleeper.
Although some reviewers have given negative reviews to A-Model kits,
this one is a nice little model, and anyone with average modeling skills
should have no problems with this little gem.
Donít miss out on this one.