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Revell Germany Eurofighter Typhoon

FineScale Modeler reviews the 1/72 scale plastic model aircraft kit
RELATED TOPICS: AIRCRAFT
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Revell Germany’s all-new tooling of the single-seat Eurofighter Typhoon packs a lot of details into a small package with various display options and a healthy set of ammunition choices. Though there is only one marking option, the colors of the decals really pop and add a great amount of depth to the little fighter.

The beautiful full-color instructions and logically laid-out steps made this kit fall together for me. The build starts in the same way most do, with the cockpit, and, even with a tiny cockpit, Revell Germany really crams in a lot of crisply molded features — every switch is easily visible, which makes painting and detailing go really smoothly.
 
Like the cockpit, the main body’s fit and detail are outstanding. Through smart engineering, the seam line along the back of the aircraft — which on most models needs to be filled, smoothed, and rescribed — is not a problem on this Typhoon. A separate piece for the spine covers that area perfectly and adds to the fighter’s streamlined shape.

The only thing that was a little fiddly during the build was the landing gear, which needed to be moved around a bit for a proper fit. But, actually, it was the scale thickness that made this a little finicky — not really a problem.

You get a few nice display options, such as open or closed air brake, a midair refueling spout that can be extended, and front elevons that can be positioned freely. There’s also a bounteous store of weapons.

The paint scheme and decals are brightly colored. The tail markings were large and needed a little bit of coaxing to get them into place, but I was surprised by how easily they sank into the topography with only one application of Micro Sol. The rest of the decals were even easier.

My only real complaint with the kit is that the panel lines were so shallow that any weathering or washing had to be done very carefully, as it was so easy to wipe it off during cleanup.

Revell Germany’s new Eurofighter is a great, quick build for any modeler.

I spent about 20 hours building and painting it — the definition of a weekend build for me. I would recommend it to everyone.


Note: A version of this review appeared in the July 2017 issue.

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