Matthew Porter takes a nostalgic dive into the hobby with Revell's recent re-boxing of the Monogram 1/48 B-24D Liberator.


Nothing says Christmas morning in the early 1980s more than receiving one of the spectacular Monogram four-engine bomber 1/48 super kits.
When Monogram kits hit the shelves in the late 1970s they were a revelation in terms of scale, detail and subject choice, exemplified by its quarter-scale B-17s, B-24s and B-29s. Monogram's Consolidated B-24 was first released as a turret-nosed B-24J in 1976, a glass-fronted B-24D following in 1983. I have had original versions of these classic Monogram kits in my stash for years, yet have resisted building them, so when Revell reissued the B-24D at the end of 2022 it was time to take the plunge and see how the kit compares, some 40 years later. I just hope my rose-tinted memories aren’t shattered by the cold, hard reality of 1980s design and moulding.

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