This is a good model at a great price. This model is rather old. There is a mark stamped on one of the parts saying it's from the 1970's. So the technology back then isn't so advanced as it is today. Glueing the parts were easy but not all the parts fit perfectly. I had to use a lot of putty to fill in the seams. But overall, the model looked authentic and it was really fun to build and paint.
I recommend this to models of all skills to build. There isn't a lot of parts that will drive a beginner crazy and the details are good enough to satisfy more experienced modelers.
The Revell kit is a reissue of the original Monogram kits from the early 80s. It has a lot of detail that Monogram was noted for in its 1/48 scale kits from the '70s through '90s but this one was not quite so well engineered. There is a lot of clamping and filling that is going to need doing to put this one together. It isn't a matter of age, I built one when it first came out and then most recently built another. Same issues with fit. Especially around the wing to engine nacelles and the tail gunner position. The bomb bay is a little sparse and the interior lacks a bulkhead or two (but on the other hand....it is really difficult to see inside the fuselage between the bomb bay and the rear gunner stations. You cannot drop the flaps on the wings without MAJOR modifications including cutting and filling. An important airplane from WW2 that needs a new modern release. Still, it looks good once you have finished and painted it.
Pros: the b-26 had a good many options, including the tail gunner's canopy and 2 belly guns that can also be substituted as windows. The human figures have good options including a great dorsal gunner figure. The entire plane has amazing detail, but the most detail was on the decals, especially the "mild & bitter" set. Although the "barracuda" has an awesome shark face on the nose which was really quite easy. It has an interesting setup, which actually seams quite difficult, is easyier than all 1 piece( which was on my p-40b tigershark). Cons: the landing gear/Bombay doors are somewhat of a challenge. Also the belly guns really are frustrating and, without a doubt, should be substituted for the windows because at all vantage points they don't look usable at all. Except for these small nuisances, I would hands down recommend this brilliant model.
I really enjoyed building this model; I built the "Mild and Bitter" variant (as my title post stupidly references). Of course, I'm a huge fan of WWII bombers so I have quite a bias. I have no complaints partwise; everything fit well and I had no problems with gluing. It isn't the hardest model I've ever built, being at an intermediate level. The only hard part is the wind shield, which can be very tedious to paint if you don't have a small enough brush. The actual plane has a white underbelly, which isn't in the product picture but may be in the instruction