Bell X-1 Revell 1/32
You know when you are trolling around the net, casting for kits and get a few nibbles, then one keeps nibbling and finally bites? That was this one. At first when i looked at it, it seemed to basic. A rebox of the original '88 kit with new artwork and decals, only 51 pieces. I kept it as an open tab alongside several others and that bright orange rocket just kept on biting on the line, so i decided to pull it in.
To keep with sparseness of the kit she got zero weathering, just a touch of preshading under the 10/1 Tamiya Orange/Red colour. The rear of the gauge panel was empty so some pieces of sprue and wire filled out that void and some wiring detail added inside. Besides that she is oob and clean. Minimal filler was needed for the upper and lower fuselage seams.
A nice quick christmas build that stands out in the cabinet and even with her non swept wings, that bullet shape looks amazingly fast amongst my props. One can only imagine the feeling Chuck would have had sitting in this whilst slung under the belly of a B29 waiting to ignite and shoot across the sky. Incredible stuff.
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