Review by: Geoff Coughlin (Dec 2011)
Price: £13.99 approx
Our thanks to Revell Germany for supplying our review sample.
A little bit of reference…
The ‘new’ Revell Kit
It’s easy to raise one’s expectations too quickly after the stunning releases from Revell in recent months – their Arado Ar.196A-3 and BAe Hawk come to mind, not to mention the awesome Heinkel He 111 in 1:32 scale.
This kit is very different in nature, being a re-release of an older mould.
Box and Contents
Click on the Thumbnails below to enlarge images and explore the contents!
Revell persist with rather flimsy boxes that are doubtless cheap to produce, but not so good in protecting the contents or proving useful during construction. Having said that, the artwork is usually very good and it’s decent enough here; check out the final image in the gallery above.
Now let’s go inside…
The dark green sprues are packaged well and no damage is apparent. Taking the main components first, they are well tooled, feeling quite hard and brittle-like. No distortion was apparent and a dry fit of the fuselage promises a decent fit.
Moving to the wings, they are reasonable although the wheel wells are blanked off and simplified.
Sadly the components feature raised panel lines and the cockpit is Spartan when compared to references – this is looking more and more like an old Monogram release and as this kit sits in the pocket-money bracket it’s fair to say that it’s squarly aimed at the junior and novice market.
Nothing wrong with that of course, but it’s important to point out the facts here.
There is flash (excess plastic) around several of the parts, but this will be easily trimmed.
The twin under wing cannons will make your model look impressive in this scale and, with some additional work, this model could build up into a good model, representing the real machine.
No crew figures are provided.
The clear parts look reasonably clear, but do have heavy frames moulded onto the surfaces that may need reducing to look more authentic and careful masking will be needed given that some of the framing is indistinct.
Revell instructions follow their usual exploded stages format again here on the single fold-out sheet.
Location of parts is clear but colour paint coding is for Revell paints only. It’s good to see some RLM references for 70/71 provided and this will help you to match your own choice of paints.
This is a basic model and so should present little difficulty in working out where all the parts are located, even for inexperienced modellers.
The decals seem quite good.
Certainly colour saturation and register is good and all markings are accurate and sharp in their detail. This is probably the best part of the package; good quality decals will make a world of difference to your completed model.
Not bad at the price, even though it’s an older tool re-release. Having said that, at around £11 you can get a decent model and with some work, who knows?
FEATURE STAR RATING (out of five)
Quality of moulding **
Subject choice ****