Thanks Kev - I'll proceed!
The kit offers two underside wing center sections – one is for the T.10 and the other for the T.17 (primary difference being in the exhaust port area). At a time long ago, I had incorporated the wrong center section. Having settled on a scheme illustrated in Soviet Air Force Fighter Colours 1941-1945 for an I-16 Type 17 ‘white 15’, I selected the T.17 wing center section and began mods for attaching landing gear and attached the out wing pieces. What do they say about when Fools rush in? At some point after completing the above I noticed in a narrative elsewhere in SAFFC describing an I-16 Type 10 ‘white 15’. The author, Erik Pilawskii, was kind enough to confirm that the narrative was correct; "I-16 Type 10 number "15" was allegedly photographed in the summer of 1940, region unknown." (9/27/05)
[OOPS - Soviet Air Force Fighter Colours 1941-1945 was not the source for the color, but they came from Erik Pilawskii's VVS Hobbyvista website which i understand is sadly not going to be further maintained.]
Right or wrong I’ll be attempting the profile finish of the ‘white 15’ combined with the wing treatment shown on the ‘red 23’ – lacking anything to the contrary, that is.
Instead of redoing the landing gear post and outer wing attachment, I chose to cut out the T.10 exhaust panel and replace it in the work already completed. I know, kinda’ fiddly – guess I was intrigued by the challenge.