Bell X-1, 1/32 Revell
I bought this kit at a club day just as everyone was packing up ,why ?,because I didn’t want to go home empty handed and instantly regretted it ,so anyway it came home with me and sat on the shelf of hasty decisions for a while while I completed another build, every time I looked in its direction the bright box art caught my eye and so it was elevated up the list of kits to be built to top spot.
This is a kit which provides a pleasant interlude between more lengthy complex builds having a small parts count and being a good chunky size it also adds a splash of colour in the collection, the cockpit has a reasonable amount of detail only really requiring to have the wireing added to the back of the control panel as it is clearly visible through the canopy and you will really need to swap the kit pitot’s ,all three for fine gauge needles as they are grossly overscale, and the panel lines will need to be removed and rescribed as I did or just left off altogether.
The kit does come with a seated Yeager figure which I omitted but would benefit greatly from a standing figure so the well known publicity shot could be recreated.
If you are considering this kit for your collection be warned you will need plenty of lead for balance .
Its real pity there is not a kit of the vastly superior British aircraft the Miles M.52 which for reasons we won’t go into here (a’hem) was never completed even though it was a matter of weeks from test flight, oh what could have been…
Hope you like it ,N
P.S. I added the little details on the tail wings as well.
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