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P-61 Black Widow

This is the 1/48 scale P-61 Black Widow plastic model airplane kit by Revell.

Revell-Monogram P-61 Black Widow Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #857546
 Revell-Monogram # rmx857546
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Revell-Monogram Item # rmx857546
Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pieces: 130
  • Wingspan: 16 1/2"
  • Length: 12"
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 857546
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"A good effort from Revell."
Patrick (Sydney, Australia)
I reviewed other Revell kits and I stated in one that you get what you pay for. At US$19.95, I can't complain about the price, but the kit needs improvement. 1. The instructions are vague and omitted the installation of a couple of parts. The decal instructions are poor to say the least. Revell, go buy a Trumpter model and see how they do it with color drawings and precise pointers. When fitting the decals, ignore the instructions and look online for photos or refer to the pictures on the side of the box. 2. The front forward (pilot) canopy top was not sized for correct fitment for a closed position. I used canopy glue, which dries clear to fill in the gaps if you want a wheels-up model as I created. Use a toothpick to dab the glue into the gaps. Also use the same method to fill other gaps where the canopy doesn't fit flush with the fuselage. 3. Fitment of parts was surprisingly quite good! As previously mentioned, I created a wheels-up model and the wheel bay doors fit well in the closed position. The optional external fuel tanks fit satisfactorily; to fit them, you need to cut a slot and hole in the underside of the wings where the molding is thin which is easy to locate. I chose not to glue the nose cone on because behind it is the radar gear, and it was a shame to cover it up. The nose fits snugly enough dry so that it doesn't fall off. 4. The decals are quick to separate from the sheet, so you need to be diligent when applying them. When applying the red and white stripe decals to the rudders, use a toothpick to push the decal into the seams. The quality of the decals is good; they aren't too delicate in that they don't tear easily. 5. Cockpit detail is quite good and if you are keen, spend some time to detail the gauges and interior. You could go the extra mile and make your own seat harnesses. Refer to online photos of cockpits and emulate the real thing. 6. Sprues had lots of flash so you need to be patient to clean the parts. For a kit under US$20, I am satisfied with the quality of the product. The instructions are the worst part of this kit, but if you are diligent and refer to online sources, you can build a very presentable representation. I bought from Hobbylinc the Polar Lights Universal Dome Base to mount the plane in flight, so this model works well as a wheels-up or grounded plane. Enjoy your modelling!

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  • Detailed engines, cowlings w/removable panels.
  • Detailed landing gear and wheel wells.
  • Cockpit contains floor instrument panels, pilot seats and controls.
  • Rear cockpit with navigator/radio operator's positions.
  • Detailed gun bay w/20mm cannon and flaps may be posed up or down.
  • P-61B fuel tank option.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pieces: 130
  • Wingspan: 16 1/2"
  • Length: 12"
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 857546

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This was my first WWII Twin engine aircraft. I tried my best to do it, it was not that hard. Take your time with the large interior and the guns, turrets , landing gear, step ladder (s) and canopy glass. My mistake was I left body in black and did not paint it. I recommend black spray paint/ or airbrush you can even buy on this site. Need also zinc chromate green/mustard yellow is ok for interior. Also, the small red decal lines on body take your A huge and nicely detailed model by standards you cannot go wrong with Revell-Monogram for quality and price

"Not bad"
I built this kit with my brother as a kid and I thought I would give it a try as an adult for a trip down memory lane. While not a bad kit for a kid to through together and then use more as a toy, as an adult I had a few issues. I had a few minor fit issues and one wing was a little warped. However with some time I was able to make it into a model that was good enough for my amateur mind to find acceptable. Great value for the price

"great kit but has problems."
P-61 Black Widow was a great plane but the kit has some problems. like some of the glass doesn't want to fit. also if you like me I like to hang my models on our ceiling (its 10 tall) and so for realism I put my landing gears in (or try) : ) but I had to cut and use lots of putty to get them to go in : (


A longtime favorite with modelers, the Black Widow was the foremost American night fighter in WWII. This huge, black, 38,000 lb. airplane is complete with removable nose, radar, engine, detailed cockpits and rotating top turret.


  • #1: P-61B #403 "Times A Wastin," 418th NFS, Pacific Theatre, 1944.
  • #2: P-61A #25536 "Husslin Hussy."

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