Revell 1/72 Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane

Re-issued to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the main strapping title on this rather over-sized box is ‘Icons of Aviation – British Legends Gift Set’ with ‘British Legends 1918-2018’ banded across the upper right hand corner. As a gift set, this trio of aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Mk.III, a Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb and Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb is new to 2018 but as you all probably know, all have some age to them. The Lancaster is undoubtedly the 2007 release (04300) as the position of the artwork is exactly the same other than revised markings. The Spitfire is the 2008 release (04164) while the Hurricane dates back to 1998 (04138); both the Spitfire and Hurricane retain their original artwork and code letters.

Inside the 50x30cm box (the kits would actually fit in a 36x25cm box) are three separately bagged model kits, a single sheet of decals for all three aircraft, a bulky A4 instruction booklet contained instructions and colour guides for all three and a final bag containing six paints, one glue and a single brush.

The natural lead build is the Lancaster, which is, by some margin the most comprehensive kit of the three, all parts being held on eight sprues. The Lancaster is a 76 stage build and takes up 24 of the 36 pages in the instruction booklet. The only ‘new’ part of this gift set is actually the Lancaster’s decals which I presume is with regard to the individual aircraft chosen; 467 Sqn ED539 ‘PO-V’ which operated from Bottesford in the summer of 1943. Later re-coded as ‘PO-P’, ED539 was lost during a raid to Berlin on January 27/28, 1944; all of her seven crew perishing.  

The next up is the Hurricane Mk.IIB, which is a surprisingly comprehensive build of 17 stages aided by the fact that the Mk.IIB is a fighter bomber variant; therefore you have some stores options. The parts are all held on three sprues and the decal sheet provides for BD712 ‘UF-Y’ an aircraft of 601 (County of London) Sqn operating out of Duxford in August 1941. The final six pages of the instructions are for the Spitfire Mk.VB which is the least complex, by some margin, kit of this trio, agaqin with three sprues although the third is just the canopy. Once complete, decals are provided for EP120 ‘AE-A’ which served with 402 (City of Winnipeg) Sqn, RCAF also operating out of Duxford, this time in 1943.

All in all this is a great box set and once you included the addition of the paints and glue, not bad value for money at all. Younger modellers should not be put off by ‘Level 5’ skill level; I would not put any of them above a three and the Spitfire even lower.   

Thanks to Revell for sending Military Modelling this kit for review. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit www.revell.de/en.

 

Product: Construction kit

Ref: 05696

Scale: 1/72

Parts: 247 (Lancaster); 53 (Hurricane); 37 (Spitfire)

Price: £36.99

Manufacturer: Revell

Website: www.revell.de/en