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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"Olive Drab Widow"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
I built this model several months ago and the enjoyment was great as I had built previous kits and lost them over time. I still believe that the details on this model far outreach some of todays by earlier standards of detailing. The cockpit and crew compartments are really well done for the time of Monogram way back when the model was first released. I built the kit straight from the box with no problems except that the wings needed support while being attached to the fuselage and that was a minor problem. All the other parts fit accordingly for such older molds. I again painted the model using all acrylic paints and used the Olive Drab theme as many reference photos showed the aircraft painted in that tone. Additionally I found that there was a version that actually carried a bomb on either wing and I copied what I thought was a close representation of that modification. Although an older model and re-released over time I found it to be a fun challenge.

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  • Waterslide decals for two aircraft.
  • 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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"Black, Black Widow"
This sits in the middle of my collection for a reason, it was enormously enjoyable to build and looks fantastic. It has a plethora of detail over the entire model, everything was relatively easy to install, only frustrating things were the back windows, they took some work to get in place without covering them in glue. The decals for the red stripes made no logical sense unless you cut them to length, so I skipped them and painted the red stripes on instead. Like I said, I loved building this, it was fun from the first to the last, lots of detail to keep you interested through what turned out to be a lengthy build, I would definately recommend this set.

"Do Not build this model"
tomcoco53 (Home)
Was getting toward the end when I finally threw my hands up and put the entire kit back in the box. So many poor areas to put together such as the engines. They were the poorest design I have come across. Thought Revell was better than this. P.S. Tail heavy to say the least without putting a post in the back to hold it up. No room for a lead weight in the nose.

"P-61 Black Widow"
Very simple: Yes-this is the most affordable P-61 in this scale, No-it isn't worth the money. The kit is Revell at its worst, the engines don't match, wings and fuselage do not fit together the amount of putty and time it takes to build this is not worth the end product. You can buy for instance, other manufacture's kits for under $20 and the quality is 10 times as good. Cost can no longer be an excuse for this poor of a kit. I have been building Revell aircraft you years, I normally tolerate the 70's mold's flaws, but not this time.


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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