Review by: Geoff Coughlin (November 2011)
Our thanks to Revell for supplying our review sample.
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The Revell Kit
According to the date on the instructions this is a kit from 2010 and indeed it may be but looking at the sprues and parts I suspect that it dates back a lot further. Everything is moulded in sky-blue plastic (very reminiscent of the 1970s and the kit looks like it may date from around that time.
This package is as a Model Set with associated Contacta plastic glue, paint brush and paints from the Revell range; everything (well nearly) to get you started if you are new to this great hobby of ours.
Gallery PICs 3-9
This is the first time that I’ve looked at this kit in detail and the age of the kit does show through with a combination of mostly raised and some recessed panel line detail. Despite the small scale quite a lot will be seen in the cockpit and you may want to add a seat harness and other small details to busy this area up.
The cylindrical-shaped exhaust dampers are included but generally detail is sparse and thin on the ground – but we must remember that this ‘starter’ kit is designed to appeal to newcomers – I just hope that the fit of parts and overall build experience is as straightforward as it looks? My sense is that Revell’s newer tools are superb – really impressive across all scales but some of these older products may just have a negative effect if the build becomes a trial.
The elevators are good examples of ‘old’ tooling with small pins moulded in so that the parts can move – you understand where I’m coming from?
This is standard Revell in their usual exploded view format in a fold out sheet. Revell paint references are provided but helpfully Revell also gives a colour call out so at least you can find an alternative paint source if required.
The clear parts are just that – clear. They will need to fit well to avoid any unsightly repair work around the framing so fingers crossed for that.
These look pretty good being printed in Italy for Revell. Colour and register both look sharp and the small Unit insignia and fuselage codes included will bring a bit of colour to the Luftwaffe night fighter scheme. The scheme is a good choice though and the box image captures the aircraft well.
This is a cheap model that can be used as a base for a lot of extra work or as a starter model from the box. The decals will enhance the model no end and so I think we should just take these re-releases for what they are – a basic canvas to do with what you will!
Quick Summary Star Rating out of 5
|FEATURE||STAR RATING (out of five)|
|Quality of moulding||**|