If you have ever built a model (any scale, any type) made by Revell, you'll know that this is a company that makes very good quality models at a reasonable price. I am not an expert modeler, but I have seen many articles and reviews which support that while not perfect, Revell produces (some could argue over-engineered) good, affordable models. I have many different scales of ships/tanks/planes of theirs and am very pleased.
This model of the Lancaster Bomber (RAF night bomber) is from the famous "Dam Busters" raid in which a small group of British bombers tried to destroy German dams, flood the industries nearby and shorten the war. While only partially successful in this, the crews displayed enormous courage & dedication to this mission.
In the old days of models, wing flaps would move, rudders swing, propellers spin, bomb bays open/close, landing gear retract. Those were not toys, neither is this, but it did add some fun. In this model, the flaps flap & props spin but the plane has to be displayed in landing gear down or airborne. A small observation, a sacrifice made for realism over fun.
Revell has five skill levels to help you decide if this is too complex, one being the easiest, five the most difficult. Since there almost 300 parts of this kit, it rates a five, but it's really pretty straightforward. Glue, paint & patience are not included; this is a fragile & delicate model for display and a pretty darn good one at that.
I wonder which kit the previous 5 star reviewer held in their hands?
For the same $$ I am holding an 86 part, skill level 3 kit. Not purchased through Amazon - but purporting to be a Revell 1:72 Avro Lancaster Dambuster.
The kit I obtained is clearly some old molds purchased from somewhere else and rebranded by Revell. Not Revell's normally good mid-range quality. Parts are thick and heavy and are not to scale and molded in an inferior and brittle plastic. Thick sprue injection points are almost impossible to cut cleanly without damaging the parts or detail. Though there was not a lot of flash on the parts, the fit and finish was particularly poor. I abandoned the kit as too much effort to complete to any degree of quality. I only count 86 parts in my kit.
From an accuracy standpoint - the kit suggests the Dambuster Lancaster had belly guns (it did not - though there is a part provided to omit them and fair it over) and the cockpit canopy omits the trademark side blisters which were needed to observe the spotlamps which were shone down at the water to give altitude during the bombing run. So historically - this is a poor show.
Even the Airfix kit is better than this one. If you buy the Revell one from Amazon and you get 300 parts - Go ahead and have fun like the last reviewer. If you get 86 parts - you are going to be disappointed and probably want to return the kit before you expend any effort on it.