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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Spotlight Review

"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).

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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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"great detail, great pice, but in part, same old Revell"
When I was shipped the kit, I opened it, saw the great interior detail and worried right away on how the fuselage would fit together, having had the problem in many Revell kits over the years. The detail is very good, indeed, for the interior, engine (one side) and landing gear: but, problems came up with the fuselage deck piece (warped) in the fit of the two halves of the fuselage, as well as poor fit on all major halves in the assembly. They required putty and sanding to too much a degree than should be necessary. )Also sanding black-molded plastic creates its own worries). However, once finished it makes a fine display model with a great price for the kit, It goes well next to Revell's B-25 kit Wow, is it big! one last complaint. There is beautiful detail in the forward radar, but the nose piece fits so badly that it almost has to be glued on and hide the radar. ARGG! I still like the bang for the buck, and I must commend Revell parts and service for flawless response for parts over 60 years of my building revel kits. Bravo for that.

"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.

"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.


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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