RE: Winter project slated......1/3 scale Polikarpov I-16
Well, it has taken a few years, but I am well in to building the 30% Polikarpov I-16. Some things have changed from my original concept. I have opted for a wood wing over a foam wing, so I spent about 6-8 hours drawing in ribs and structure to build up a wing. Once I cut all of the ribs, W-6 thru ws-12 needed a lot of reshaping. So after I got the right wing panel framed, I took the other cut ribs and laid them up against the framed up ribs so that the left panel will be all set to go. I also did a lot of changes on the fuse parts. None of them were shaped quite right,, and I did not like the fuse building method (old control line style, i.e. half fuse built on to other half). So, I used the Ziroli method and drew in a fuse crutch and notched all of the formers for stringers. All total, I have about 20 hours in to modifying the plans. At this point, I have all of the wing and tail ribs cut out, as well as all of the fuselage formers. I am talking with a friend who may be able to lay up a glass cowl for me. I now have the right panel built and mostly sheeted, and have the center section built up with top sheeting on. Hope to have a full wing by next weekend. Here are a few pics.
The first is just the wing plans marked up. The rest are the right wing panel and center section. Also some shots of the finished outer panels.