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Like most of the old Revell kits, it's serviceable as a practice model, and can be made into a show piece with a serious amount of effort. But outside those two end goals, it's just an old kit from the early '70s that's hardly worth the bother. For practising a paint job, it's probably ideal (and a better option than the Trumpeter kit) - especially if you can live with the raised panel lines and almost complete lack of detail.

 

Kev

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I looked at the Revell, and as Kevin said, it’s very basic kit, but it’s a fast build if you don’t add any AM. I do think it has better shape than the trumpeter. That being said, a while back I sat there trying to buy it, but ended up shelling out $130 more at my local hobby shop for the Tamiya. The Tamiya beats both kits in every aspect. If you hunt around, the Tamiya occasionally pop up for less than $100 on eBay.another alternative if you want a cheap plane to practice a tri-color paint on is the Hasegawa or Trumpeter Hellcat. For about $35, or at $55, you can pick up a trumpeter SBD Dauntless.

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I built  a couple of the Revell kits way back in the late 1980's, no Trumpeter or Tamiya kits out then, I revamped around 2005/6 and had a great time practicing new techniques like re scribing panel lines and gave them new paint jobs and decals, thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a thing or two. I now have both Trumpeter and Tamiya Corsairs in the stash but I still have a soft spot for the old Revell kits.

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Cheers

 

Dennis

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Any good? 

 

The reason I ask is that they are currently available for £19.99 at Hobbycraft stores in the UK. 

 

Fancied having a practice of the triple blue camo before starting my Helldiver. 

Even cheaper on Ebay, but heed what the guys have said, its a very old kit and probably wont fit as well as modern ones, it will need work and some TLC patience to look as good as Dennis's.

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The Tamiyas were running less than $100 in Asia awhile back, especially the Birdcage model, and I got two of the new 1Ds for $180 with a 40% off coupon from Squadron (I couldn't believe it when they included a kit that was just released, but I'm glad they did).

 

The thing is, it's the best ******* model I have ever built (tops the Meng Bradley which is the best armor kit I have ever built and won it all at MosquitoCon's armor division in Jersey two years ago). The Revell would be like paddling upriver with one oar vs. taking a motor boat: there's just no comparison. You'll get upstream, but in the meantime, someone who took the motorboat will have eaten all the food, drunk all the bourbon and dated all the women.

 

The cockpit is a minor masterpiece with NOTHING needed to enhance it other than some wiring if you're a super-detailer and Roy's OOP Barracuda cockpit stencils. Otherwise, the only other thing missing are gun barrels, though many Corsairs had white tape put over the gun ports to keep **** and salt from ruining the Browning .50 calibers. Otherwise some Master brass P-47 barrels will work nicely recessed inside the wings.

 

Life is too short to waste a moment on ****ty kits, so save your money and get the Tamiya. You'll be glad you did, or I'll buy the kit from you.

Edited by Bill Cross

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I think Bill Cross said it best, but putting the Tamiya kit aside for a moment, i'd like to highlight the pluses and minuses of the Revell kit:

 

Advantages:

1) Its cheap, and readily found on the secondary kit market for peanuts (relatively speaking). The earlier a pressing of the kit, the better. It dates back to 1970.

 

2) Generally accurate outline. The fuselage is a little bit short in the extreme aft fuselage- something on the order of between 1/16 to 3/32", but its not really noticeable. The wing is slightly too broad in chord but the span was extended to keep the proportionality of the overall model.

 

3) Aside from the reduction gear case, for its time the R-2800 engine was pretty good.

 

4) Accurate front main gear doors.

 

5) Relatively low parts count

 

6) Good (for the time) depiction of fabric covering on control surfaces.

 

7) Did i mention its cheap?

 

Minuses:

 

Fuselage:

 

Engine reduction gear housing: Looks like some kind of inflatable pornographic characature of a real reduction gearcase.

 

Cowl Flaps: molded in partly opened position and gappy in between flaps. In fact, the whole mounting of the cowling is tenuous at best.

 

General lack or mis-location of panel lines on the whole model in general. On wing undersides, the inboard flap line isnt symmetrical left to right, leaving you wondering which is correct.

 

Minimalist representation of the characteristic backfire plates, exhaust pipe installation and the intercooler flap. The exhaust array looks like two Norelco razors flying in formation.

 

Cockpit: there is one, but it has a floor and bears little resemblance to the real thing.

 

Grooves for sliding canopy too deep.

 

Propeller: Blades good, hub bad.

 

Wings:

 

Oil cooler inlets very simplified; oil cooler flaps represented by thick plateaus on the lower wing.

 

Wheel wells: No detail to begin with; rear wall too far back and front lip needs to be extended forward. Landing gear struts skinny and wheels and tyres are toy like.

 

Right hand wing joins wing center section with almost twice as much dihedral as the left.

 

Machine gun muzzles too far inboard; i think the ejector chutes are in the right place.

 

Outboard wing 63 gallon wing tank filler caps missing. Wing fold geometry in general is not representative of real aircraft.

 

No attempt made to depict the hinge fairings for the single slotted flaps.

 

Horizontal stabilizers have "forward-sweeping" elevators.

 

General overall structural weakness, particularly the wing center section and the wing-fuselage joint is particularly tenuous and does not hold up to stress at all.

 

I think that if you were to build the Revell kit- and get it across the finish line, you will get something that looks a lot like a Corsair. If you then build the Tamiya kit, you will say to yourself, "This is everything Revell SHOULD have done in making a Corsair, but didn't".

 

I think this kit started out as an attempt to "Swing for the Fences"...much like the F4F Wildcat... and then halfway thru development the designers were told they were spending too much time on it...just get it done quick as you can and throw it over the wall.

 

Life is too short to build shitty models, but if you can't stomach the price of the Tamiya kit.... i'd still probably pick the Revell kit over the Trumpeter based on what i know now. But it would be a lot of work to bring it up to a standard where it is competitive on the contest level.

 

-d-

Edited by David Hansen

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The thing is, it's the best ******* model I have ever built (tops the Meng Bradley which is the best armor kit I have ever built and one it all at MosquitoCon's armor division in Jersey two years ago). The Revell would be like paddling upriver with one oar vs. taking a motor boat: there's just no comparison. You'll get upstream, but in the meantime, someone who took the motorboat will have eaten all the food, drunk all the bourbon and dated all the women.

 

Yep.  And not only is it better than any other manufacturer's kit, it's better than any of Tamiya's other "super kits."  For a kit of this complexity to build with so little fuss is an engineering triumph.

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Yep.  And not only is it better than any other manufacturer's kit, it's better than any of Tamiya's other "super kits."  For a kit of this complexity to build with so little fuss is an engineering triumph.

What he said (drops microphone and walks off).

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Any good?

 

It'll look every bit a Corsair when you're done  :)

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