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      Post #66976, posted on 04-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm starting an article on the American Airlines releases of the Revell 707 and thought (for a moment) that the 707 could have been Revell's first airliner.

      I do think it was the DC7 though. Checking the Boxart Den's catalogs I see the DC7 listed in the 1956 Revell catalog which is the earliest catalog shown.

      The 1957 catalog also lists the Super G Constellation.

      The 1958 catalog adds the 707, Electra, and F-27.

      1960 added the DC8.

      1963 added the DC9, Caravelle, and Convair 990 as well as the Fairey Rotodyne which is mentioned but without an illustration.

      1966 added the 727

      1972 added the 2707, Stretch DC8, and DC10

      1976 added the 747 and L1011


      A neat trip down memory lane. A small bit of trivia is that the Sikorsky S-55 first appeared in the 1956 catalog. Revell released the kit in 1994 with SABENA markings so in hindsight one could also say that the S-55 was one of their first airliners as well.

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      Post #66979, posted on 04-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for assembling this list Ken, I can see that I bought all but three of these kits.

      Although I have to say the multiple number of 707 kits I bought more than make up for the kits I did not buy.

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      Post #66990, posted on 04-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      It's somewhat surprising that the DC-10 kit appeared before the 747 kit. I did not get my hands on a 747 kit until the spaceshuttle/747 combo was released in 1978, I think. My first DC-10 kit purchases were around the same time with the Laker DC-10-10 and Revell of Brasil Varig DC-10-30 kit being the most widely available at the southern California hobby stores I frequented.

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      Post #66993, posted on 04-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The Revell 767-300 with United/American Airlines decals. I actually bought the kit from Clint Groves at an Airliners International Show in Phoenix back in 1991. He was very ecstatic about the kits release.

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      Post #66995, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The Revell 747 came out in either 1971 or 1972. Long before 1976.

      The Revell 767 came out after I moved to South Florida in 1992. The first time I saw it was at a Ft. Lauderdale IPMS club meeting, and it was brand new out of the carton at Orange Blossom Hobbies that afternoon.

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      Post #66996, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I don't doubt that the 747 kit was released earlier than the 1976 I mentioned. All of the dates I quoted are from the Revell Catalogs posted at the Boxart Den.

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      Post #66997, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Here is the timeline of the B747 Revell:

      https://www.scalemates.com/kits/192573-revell-h-197-united-s-747-122-boeing-jumbo-jet

      In "Remembering Revell Model Kits" the B747 "Show off" was the first B747 release, 1974.
      It was surprising to me, starting with a "Show-off" model .....
      So, if they did not copy each other, these are the dates.

      Have fun!
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      Post #67000, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Very informative Revell 747 kit timeline. I guess that covers Revell USA and Europe products. I have the Revell Lodela Aerolineas Argentinas 747 kit as well.,,likely a late 70's/early '80s release date. I'm not aware of any other Revell Lodela 747 kits.

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      Post #67001, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I have built all these models at one time or another. I distinctly remember building the Revell TWA B747 as a senior in high school in 1972. That's the earliest memory of this kit, although it could have been earlier. I don't believe the aircraft went into actual service before that time, so Revell was getting a head start on the competition, maybe? My next B747 kit was the 1/100 monster from Entex ( Nitto) a couple years after that. Beautiful airplane!

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      Post #67004, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Have yet to build the "Entex monster". I have had four in my inventory for the past 35 years. "Will get to those eventually" I keep telling myself and then comes the real challenge of finding space to display them.

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      Post #67005, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I remember flying on AA DC-7 IDL/LAX late 50's and the literature in the seatback offered the AA DC-7 and Electra kits via mail order from AA. They were the Revell kits shipped in a plain box IIRC.

      The Revell TWA 747 I first purchased in 1974 in a giant retail store, so it must have a been a fairly new release. Around 1973 I remember buying my first Revell UA DC-8-61, DAL DC-10.

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      Post #67007, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      richbsmith :I don't believe the aircraft went into actual service before that time, so Revell was getting a head start on the competition, maybe?



      The first 747 service was 22 January 1970.

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      Post #67010, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Back in the day, the airplane builders were going for as much publicity on new airframes as they could get, including getting those early drawings out to the model makers as fast as they could. That's why some models differ slightly from the actual airframe produced. Now, today they sue the model companies.

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      Post #67011, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Very true. Just wish Revell of Germany was not quite so quick to the market with the A380. Maybe the engines, main gear doors, windscreen, and landing lights/anti collision lights would better duplicate the actual airframe.

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      Post #67012, posted on 04-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Ken

      I recall having that 2707 kit much earlier than that. And you forgot the Guppy in 1973.


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      Post #67013, posted on 04-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I just took the dates from the Revell catalogs.....

      Interesting how some dates/models don't necessarily match up with the catalogs.

      As to the Guppy in 1973 I'm quite certain it was originally an Otaki kit. The Revell release was in Airbus Skylink markings. The first Super Guppy Turbine was sold to Airbus in 1971 and the second in 1973. Ship 3 flew in 1979 and ship 4 in 1980. My Revell release was ship 4 so I wouldn't have expected to see it until 1980.

      It is fun going through the list of Revell airliners and listing which models and how many I have built. Three C-130's. One OOB in USCG markings which was one of my first builds as a "grown-up" Another as a MAFFS air tanker, and the third in Alaska Golden Nugget colors with Aeroclub engines and props. Also three 727's. One OOB in Mexicana colors and the other two in Northwest "DB Cooper" markings and United. A short and stretch DC8.

      I've a bunch of the 707 kits but haven't managed to finish one yet. No interest in the 990 or DC9's due to the off-scales.


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      I recall having that 2707 kit much earlier than that. And you forgot the Guppy in 1973.


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