Revell of Germany’s latest items of the months of October feature some really varied models due to suit a wide audience – the good thing is most of them have been built up to show us a little of their quality. Let’s have a look.
Revell New kits for October 2014
The 408 examples made by Thyssen-Henschel of the Spähpanzer 2 LUCHS were used from 1975 onwards in the Federal German Army tank reconnaissance units. The all-wheel drive LUCHS (Lynx) is well armoured, has NBC protection and a special feature of this vehicle is a station for a second rear-facing driver. The vehicle that was upgraded with an improved ammunition feed system was given the designation LUCHS A1.
Up until the first combat capability upgrade to the LUCHS A2 in 1985 (this included the incorporation of thermal night vision equipment replacing the original IR/white light searchlight), the LUCHS was fully amphibious and could negotiate water obstacles independently with its rear-mounted propellers and forward trim vane. It is armed with an Rh 202 Mk 20 mm machine cannon and a 7.62 mm AA MG. The crew consists of front-facing driver, gunner, rear-facing driver/radio operator and commander.
- Structural details on surface
- Rotating turret
- Optional parts for A1 and A2 versions
- True-to-original rotating rubber wheels
- Hatches can be built open or closed
- Gun mount with MG
- Detailed simulated kit
- Warning light
Length 218 mm
Number of parts 224
- Authentic decal set for following versions:
- SpPz 2 LUCHS A1, 4./Pz Aufkl Btl 2, Hessisch Lichtenau, 1980 / 1985
- SpPz 2 LUCHS A2, BrigSpZg 12, Übung Royal Sword, 1990
- SpPz 2 LUCHS A2, Pz Aufkl KP 120, Macedonien, 1999
- SpPz 2 LUCHS A2, Multinationale Brigade Süd, KFOR, Kosovo, 2000
More than 1000 Fuchs (Fox) TPz 1 (APC) have been delivered to the Bundeswehr since 1979. The lightly armoured, all-wheel drive and amphibious transport vehicle has proven itself in numerous conflicts. The Fuchs can be fitted with various role kits depending on its required task. The Eloka Hummel (Bumblebee) role fit has a distinctive antenna array on the roof. The corresponding jammer disrupts enemy communications. The NBC reconnaissance role fit is used to detect nuclear and chemical warfare agents. The special shape of the NBC Tail allows sampling from within the vehicle whilst maintaining full NBC protection.
number of parts167
- Optional construction as the Electronic Warfare Hummel or the NBC
- Reconnaissance Vehicle
- Recessed engravings
- Detailed chassis
- Faithfully reproduced wheels with detailed tyre profiles
- Smoke grenade dischargers
- Authentic decal set for following versions:
- Übung in Munster, 2003
- 3. Kompanie, ABC-Abwehr Btl.7
The Buccaneer was one of the Royal Navy's carrier-based ground attack aircraft. The aircraft was initially intended to be a nuclear bomber but from 1970 was also put into service by the RAF in the S Mk.2B version with an enlarged bomb-bay containing an additional fuel tank and air-to-surface missiles as weapons. During the 1991 Gulf War, 12 Buccaneers from Scotland were transferred to the Allied base in Muharraq, Bahrain and deployed into Iraq for laser-based target marking for remotely controlled bombs.
Length 268 mm
Number of parts 45
Wingspan 186 mm
- Historical kit (ex Matchbox)
- Textured Surfaces
- 2 pilot figures
- Landing gear optionally extended or retracted
- In-flight refuelling probe
- Authentic decal set for following version:
- HS Buccaneer S Mk.2, XW533 A, Miss Jolly Roger/Fiona , 208th Squadron, RAF, OP Granby -Desert Storm, Muharraq AB, Bahrain, March 1991
The“Le Suroît is a French Marine Research Vessel operated by the Ifremer Marine Research Institute. The ship rose to fame in 1985 when it was involved in a two-ship expedition to search for the wreck of the Titanic. The wreck was found on 1 September 1985 thanks in part to the then novel Sonar (Sonar Acoustique Remorque, in short: SAR). It is located at position 41° 43 '55 N, 49° 56' 45 W at a depth of 3803 metres (12475 ft). The tow-able side-scan sonar was at this time able to produce images of the seabed in unprecedented quality.
Length 282 mm
Number of parts124
- Stage of construction 1985
- Two-piece hull
- Authentic propulsion system
- Detailed superstructures and decks
- All around deck railings
- Rear gibbet
- Display stand
- Authentic decal set Titanic Expedition, 1985
The racing version of the BMW M1 was launched in 1978. The road version that had been exhibited at the Paris Motor Show had been altered to comply with Group 4 rules. The engine had also been upgraded: it now had 24 valves giving it 460 bhp. The top speed of the M1 Pro-Car was about 310 kph.
The car came to the forefront of the European Formula 1 Grand Prix races from 1979 onwards. In these Pro-Car races, 20 absolutely identical M1 cars raced against each other, 15 of which were driven by private drivers, the other 5 by F1 pilots. All the M1s had the same spoiler and aileron to improve road-holding. Thus driving skills, not technology, decided the winning or losing positions.
Length 191 mm
Number of parts91
- Authentic bodywork with fine surface details
- Multipart 6 cylinder engine
- Instrument panel
- 1 body-contoured seat
- Realistic representation of chassis
- Detailed wheel suspension
- Removable rear bonnet
- Decal set for the cars from Niki Lauda, 1979 in Zolder, and from Nelson Piquet, season 1979
Bentley Motors Ltd had participated in the 24-hour race at Le Mans since first race held in 1923. This brought added popularity to the Bentley brand name. Development of a model with an engine displacing approximately 4.5 litres began in 1926. The vehicle was named after this engine with which Bentley won overall victory at the 1928 Le Mans. Bentley were able to successfully defended this victory again in 1929. Some 4.5 litre models were modified prior to participating in the 1930 Le Mans race. Amongst other items, a Roots supercharger was added and positioned clearly visible in front of the radiator grill, from whence the car then became known as the Bentley 4½ litre Supercharged or Bentley Blower. The power rating of the over 4 metre long vehicle was an impressive 240 hp.
Length 183 mm
Number of parts123
- Multi-part, highly detailed engine
- Separate Roots compressor with carburettors
- Faithfully reproduced chassis parts wit integrated leaf springs
- Multi-part bodywork
- Separate, two-piece engine hood
- Intricate front light mountings including protective covers
- Rotating spoked wheels and spare wheel
- Separate, intricately suspended front and rear mud-guards
- Diverse chrome parts, including quick release wheel nuts, fuel tank cap, radiator grill, headlight casings and hand-break
- Authentic decal set for the Blower with start number 8 in the 1930 Le Mans Race
Popularly known by the nickname Wimpey, the Wellington was the most successful RAF twin-engine bomber of the Second World War. They bore the brunt of night missions, particularly during the initial phase of the war but due to increasing losses were replaced by the more powerful four-engine bombers from October 1943 onwards. More than 400 Wellington Mk.II bombers were fitted with the more powerful Merlin engine. A total of 21 Squadrons were equipped with the Wellington nearly 600 participated in the big raid on Cologne.
Length 270 mm
Number of parts151wingspan364 mm
- Structured surfaces
- Detailed cockpit
- Detailed undercarriage
- Undercarriage bays with many details
- Rotating propeller
- Rear MG turret with 4 MG’s
- Twin nose turret for the Mk.II version
- Decal set for two RAF versions.
Viking ships were remarkably fast and agile craft and allowed the Norsemen to venture as far afield as Iceland, Greenland and even North America. In the Viking epic Northmen - A Viking Saga a group Vikings are stranded with their ship on the Scottish coast - right in the middle of enemy territory. Left to their own ends, a merciless battle for life and death now ensues for the Northmen.
Contents: 1 plastic model kit, 4 Aqua Color paints, glue and paintbrush
Special edition kit of a typical Viking Ship in 1:50 scale for the movie Northmen - A Viking Saga .
- Kit of a typical Viking Ship
- Two-part hull with imitation wood grain
- Large area deck parts with many engraved details
- 64 separate, individual shields
- Typical Dragon head
- Anchor and 32 oars
- Structured sail
- Mast, yardarm and yarn for authentic rigging
- Two-piece base
- Extensive decal set for the shields and sail
1/24th scale Porsche Carrera Cabrio
The last production model with an air-cooled rear engine, Porsche almost re-designed the 911 introduced in 1993. It was known internally as the 993. Although its inheritance of the classic 911 profile was still clearly visible the car exuded a more muscular and powerful presence from its contemporary design. The bumpers and headlights were integrated into the bodywork of the car which promoted a more harmonious appearance. Technically and visually the reliable 993 is often seen as the best and most sophisticated version of the 911. The sports car was powered by a six-cylinder Boxer engine with 3.6 litres capacity producing 272 bhp. The elegant 911 Carrera Convertible accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.6 seconds and reached a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph).
- Multi-part six-cylinder engine
- Faithfully replicated chassis
- Multi-part interior with authentic dashboard and typical four-spoke steering wheel
- Separate suspension
- Multi-part body
- Rear lights as a continuous, transparent lighting strip
- Separate bonnet
- Chromed wheel rims
- Decals with international number plates (D, GB, F, NL, I, CH, B, A, E, N, S)
Landing Ships of the LSM-Class (Landing Ship Medium) were used from the middle of 1944 by the U.S. Navy in the fight against Japan in the Pacific. Totalling more than 550 ships they were the main component of the amphibious forces for landing troops and vehicles on enemy beaches. The loading capacity of a LSM roughly corresponded to a mechanized platoon. The steel hull had nine watertight bulkheads. With an anchor located at the stern, the ships could withdraw from the beach without assistance. Armour plating protected the superstructures against small arms fire. The early LSM were mostly equipped with six 20-mm Oerlikon guns for self-defence. The open-top cargo area encompassed almost the entire length of the ship and was at maximum 7.9 m (26 ft) wide. By the end of the war, nine ships were lost mainly due to kamikaze attacks. After the end of World War 2 some ships went into service with allies armed forces. In 1958 NATO partners Germany received three LSM and two LSM(R).
- Earlier stage of construction
- Two-piece hull
- Detailed propulsion system
- Movable rudder
- Detailed transport deck
- Movable front hatches and ramp
- 6 authentic 20mm Oerlikon cannons
- 6 life-rafts
- 3 M4 Sherman Main Battle Tanks
- 3 M8 Greyhound Scout Cars
- 3 CCKW 353 Trucks
- Display stand
- Camouflage instructions and decal sets for four ships:
- Landing Ship Medium USS LSM-14, Pacific, 1944
- Landing Ship Medium USS LSM-133, Pacific, 1944
- Landing Ship Medium USS LSM-201, Pacific, 1945
- Landing Ship Medium USS LSM-210, Pacific, 1945
Whew! All of these very varied kits are now on sale from Revell’s distributors around the world..