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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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"P-61 Fun"
parisfrisby (Prescott Valley, AZ)
This is one fun build. The parts fit pretty good, nothing a little work can't fix, and the detail is more than satisfactory. The size is impressive so make sure you got the space to display it.! The canopy is a challenge to mask and paint but that is what the hobby is all about. A crew is included which is a nice touch. I really liked this kit and believe that any problems can be overcome with a little patience.

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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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"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!

"poor fit on main canopy"
jimwoodward1943 (Broken Arrow, OK)
Poor fit on main canopy and poor instructions - Revell should do a better job on writing the assembly instructions or have a technical writer do their work for them. Assembly should be written in stages with better pics of the parts after put in place - I would recommend only for experience builders

"Challenging Widow"
kajoe55 (Oklahoma)
Is this a good kit? Yes. Is it good for the price? Absolutely! Will it eventually build into a nice kit? I think that depends upon your skill level. The fit is generally okay but count on some issues with at the wing root and with the rear boom. Flash is an issue. One of the maintainers has a hole in both his front and back. The canopy is a bit of a nightmare. Its great to have the options to have windows open, but....the fit, especially for the radar operators rear position was poor. I highly encourage you to put in the side windows for the radar operator before you put the fuselage together as its tough to get them in without marring the clear plastic. I had to pack weight into the nose (eliminating the change to leave the radar displayed AND the right side engine) to have her sit on the nose gear properly. That said, the final product is really cool. One could argue all day for flat or gloss black. I split the middle and painted overall semi-gloss with the rudders and flaps flat black showing more distress. I also highlighted with silver for wear and tear on the wing leading edges and areas where maintenance would work, especially those open engine covers. Finally the decals with my kit didn't have the red lines for the upper wing area. Hopefully mine was a mistake, and if needed, you could paint them but...putting those decals down requires some experience and patience. So, this kit has its challenges, and you will be potentially frustrated, but stick with it - this is a beautiful kit when completed. As always, HAVE FUN (and mutter under your breath about the canopy issues).


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

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