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1/48 Spirit of St Louis -- Revell

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1/48 Spirit of St Louis -- Revell
Posted by SteveFL on Monday, April 2, 2018 12:12 PM


This is the latest Spirit of St. Louis release from Revell.  All the reviews you’ve read are true.  It’s a fantastic kit and a fun build.  For $10.00 I was very impressed with the quality and level of detail.  This must be from a new tooling.  I love the extensive decal sheet which lets you finish it as it was when Lindberg made the famous trans-Atlantic trip or the version after words as part of the goodwill tour.  The spinner and cowling on the real aircraft were covered with swirl-patterned aluminum.  Revell has given you a creative option of providing this effect with segmented decals that work well.  Furthermore, included are two Charles Lindberg figures, one seated and one standing; however, you only get to use one as they are headless and only one head is included!  Even though there is an accurate decal for the instrument panel, I wanted a more 3-d look so I scratch built mine and used Mike Grant individual dial decals.  I finished all the fuel lines under the panel with solder and added a map for the pocket.  Wanted to showcase this work inside, I secured the door open; a flashlight helps a lot here.  I also flattened the wheels a bit to give the airplane a sense of weight.  Looking at photos from the actual SOSL in the Smithsonian, the control cables in the tail are prominent but not included, so I added them with wire.  Finally, I separated the ailerons with a small saw for more accuracy.  This kit comes highly recommended of an immensely important subject of aviation history.  Enjoy the pics.

Tags: civil , lindbergh , spirit
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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, April 2, 2018 1:23 PM
Well done!
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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, April 2, 2018 3:00 PM

The Spirit of St. Louis has always been a favorite of mine. I think I've seen the Jimmy Stewart movie a half dozen times on TCM. I've built the Hawk 1/72 Spirit several times and there is still one on myshelf. I will definitely be getting this kit, especially since it's in 1/48 scale. 1/48 is more suitable for these old fingers. BTW: I graduated from Lindberg High School in St. Louis county in 1965. Go Flyers!

Excellent build, Steve.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:01 AM

Really well done, congrats!


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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 3:36 AM

Thats a very nice looking build. Great detail in the pit and really like the metal effects on the cowling.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:50 AM

Ah History !

 Even though I don't like this particular Ryan aircraft . You have certainly shown me the raw beauty of it . Thank you and you did a wonderful job on her . T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 9:06 AM

Beautiful!  Do they still include the Lindberg figure in the latest release?

I built that kit about seven or eight years ago- I believe same molds but modified decals.  It is everything you say.  There is a thread in another FSM forum that blasts Revell for being junk, with inaccuracies and lacking detail.  The SoS kit is one of those gems that Revell has put out in the past ten years or so.  Just finishing their aerobatic stearman, another of the gems.  And both kits at very reasonable prices!


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by SteveFL on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:29 AM
Don, Yes, it's the same 2006 release. You still get two Charles Lindbergh figures, one seated and one standing; however you can only use one as Revell only gives you one head!!! LOL. Go figure... get it? I still highly recommend this kit and for around $10, it's a bargain. Thanks a lot.
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Posted by templar1099 on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:49 AM

That's really nice work all around.

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:36 AM

Very very nice. Love it.


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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:56 PM

Beautiful!   I am in the midst of listening to an audiobook about Lindberg, Eddie Rickenbacker and Jimmy Doolittle and I am itching to build a spad, the spirit, and a jenny!

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Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, April 7, 2018 5:04 PM

Picked up a Revell Spirit of St. Louis today at the IPMS Space Coast ModelFEST, $10.00. Might be the next kit I attempt to paint the marking on.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, April 7, 2018 6:40 PM

 beautifuly done . I like the swirls on the cowling how did you do that ? 





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