World War II
Revell Aircraft Model Making: Aircraft in World War II
The history of aviation is marked by successes and failures. It was a minor sensation for people at the beginning of the 20th century when the first attempts at flight were achieved. The planes were propelled by propellers, and the flight itself was a great risk, not only during wartime. By the Second World War, technology had developed considerably: The classic biplanes were largely a thing of the past. Single and multi-engined fighter planes, transport planes and bombers came into use. This development is reflected in Revell's product range. Among others, the company offers replicas of the Hawker Hurricane and the Fw190.
The time of the aviation pioneers
In the heady days of aviation's early days, the two world wars represent cruel eras. Nevertheless, they should not be neglected in the history of aviation. Under pressure and with high motivation, engineers on all sides implemented ever new technical achievements. The individual model series developed rapidly. One example is the Fw190, which could handle a total bomb load of 700 kg. In 1944, this model was produced in large numbers. At Revell Modellbau, the aeroplanes of that time are reproduced in great detail. The aircraft are distinguished by their characteristic shape and authentic colouring and painting. The propellers and the rudders can be made movable. In addition, some models have equipment, such as replicas of bombs or firing devices.
Selecting the appropriate difficulty level
To make it easier to choose the right model kit, Revell divides the products into different difficulty levels. Beginners start with a low level. The more experience they gain, the higher the category they can select. The classification into the different levels is based, among other things, on the number of parts and the size of the individual components.
In addition to aircraft, Revell also offers replicas of military vehicles, among other things. Some vehicles are equipped with a motor so that model pilots can control the model by remote control. But even without such a remote control, the Revell models are real eye-catchers: placed in the showcase or on the shelf, they remind us of the beginnings of aviation and the dreams of the developers. At the same time, they make it clear what grandiose improvements aviation technology has undergone up to the present day.
Paint, stick and design
Revell model kits are very detailed. Especially in higher difficulty levels, it is part of the job to paint or glue the aircraft. Historically authentic colours are used for this purpose. Assembling the models certainly requires a sure instinct. However, anyone can learn how to assemble them, and Revell already has kits for children in its range. Model building is therefore a hobby for the whole family and ensures unforgettable hours together in the living room. For some models, there is freedom of choice: before assembling, model building enthusiasts decide on a particular variant. For example, depending on the kit and the buyer's preferences, there is the option of assembling the tail wheel in the retracted or extended position. This turns the hobbyists into real tinkerers and gives the models an individual touch.