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Russian Roulette

An icon of the early stages of the Russian/German campaign the I-16 Rata (Rat) was the mainstay of the Soviet fighter air arm in 1941-42. As uncompromising in performance as itís looks would suggest the I-16 proved to be comparable to the Bf 109E series and acquitted itself very well in aerial combat. The design was really Ďbare-bonesí stuff and although it was the first fighter fitted with retracting undercarriage this was only achieved by strenuous efforts on a hand crank, I-16 pilots were immediately recognisable by an over developed right arm!! The very short coupled airframe resulted in an extremely sensitive control response and although very well armed - two 7.6mm machine guns and two 20mm cannon - accurate aiming was frustrated by the need for a hefty pull on the wire toggle to fire the guns often resulting in unplanned manoeuvres. The cockpit was left open and with a height capability in excess of 30,000 ft the I-16 must have been one of most uncomfortable aircraft environments in WW2.

The version in the image was flown at Duxford this year, a quite remarkable sight and sound, and is presented in a composite image with itís standard adversary the Bf 109E. Cloudscape from that well known Russian region of South Ayrshire!

Title:Russian Roulette
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:30 Jul 2010 - 9:25 AM
Tags:Aircraft, Bf109, Digital art, Rata
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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
30 Jul 2010 - 9:30 AM

Final got the comp the way you like it I see Grampa. Excellent lighting as well and would be cold in the i16 cockpit.

connor

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Imagephotographics

Excellent image/work again Pat - well done indeed !

Chris

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franken
franken e2 Member 113026 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 10:20 AM

Another superb image.

Ken

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 12:39 PM

Well put together

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 4:43 PM

I almost ducked for cover, brilliant!!

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 5:48 PM

Great shot, great history and I'm so glad you're on epz Pat, GREAT stuff.

John Smile

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 7:45 PM

Pat, you do this so well, and inform so eloquently...

Mike

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bromley-smith
30 Jul 2010 - 8:56 PM

Excellent Pat.
Tony

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 9:22 PM

A true work of art Pat.

Paul

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2010 - 2:09 PM

Excellent Pat. These would make wonderful post cards at events. Superb. Well done
Carol

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jim5955
jim5955  5 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2010 - 5:26 PM

A very good shot

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photophantom
3 Aug 2010 - 12:42 PM

excellent
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viscostatic
5 Aug 2010 - 12:32 PM

So pleased to give the 30th vote to this excellent image Pat.

Phil.

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