Revell/Lodela 1/144 scale WW2 single engined aircraft series

Revell 1/144 Bf109E overview (36.6kB) The first european Revell release of this series was back in 1973.
Revell Germany acquired the patterns for a series of 28 1/144 scale single engined WW2 aircraft from the Mexican Lodela factory (a.k.a. Revell Mexico), which in turn had acquired the patterns from Revell Japan (which later became Gunze Sangyo).
The 1973 releases already show signs mold wear and of retooling so I assume the patterns are of even earlier japanese manufacture.

Revell Germany re-released twelve of the kits in the series in 1992 (it was rumored that the patterns for the other kits were corroded beyond repair).
In 2012 eight of the surviving kits (cat nrs. 04912 - 04919) were again re-released, followed by another eight kits in 2013 (cat nrs. 04928 - 04935).

Revell 1/144 1973 Spitfire overview (39.7kB) The 1973 release was called '1/144 scale MINI Series'.
There was a 'jelly bean' containing glue included in the box, 'exploded view'-style instructions were printed on the back of the box and decals were shared among multiple kits (e.g. the Spitfire and the Hurricane kits contained the same decal sheet). Initially the Revell Germany kits contained decals printed in Germany, later both the German and UK kits contained decals printed in the UK. The UK printed decals list the numbers of all kits containing that sheet, whereas the German printed decals only list a single kit number.
Display stands initially were black, this was later changed to transparent.
The kits released by Revell Germany came in boxes as shown on the picture with instructions in German on the back of the box and a separate sheet with translated instructions inside, the kits released by Revell UK came in boxes with a slightly different look and with instructions on the back of the box in English.
This series was first released by Revell Japan, this picture from a Japanese auction shows that the design of the boxes was very similar to that of the 1973 Revell Gemany release.

Revell 1/144 1992 Fw-190A overview (44.6kB) The 1992 release was called 'Mini 1:144'.
The size of the boxes was the same as the 1973 release, this time a small metal tube of glue was included and a small sheet with instructions was included in the box.
The parts of several models in the series showed traces of rust, but there was not much excessive flash surrounding the parts.
Decal designs were improved compared to the 1973 release and each kit now came with its own unique set.

Revell 1/144 2012 P-39Q overview (41.9kB) The 2012 release was called 'Micro Wings' (Revell had already used the name 'Mini Wings' for a series of prepainted snap together kits), this time no glue was included so the boxes were made slightly smaller than before. A larger and fully revised instruction sheet with much improved painting instructions was included in the box.

For the 2012 and 2013 releases the decal designs were again improved offering more details and better accuracy.

The kits in the 2012/2013 release were all in good shape: there was some flash but no deformed parts and no signs of corroded patterns.

Kit collectors take note: most 'Micro Wings' boxes were printed in two versions, the first release came with five-digit Email Color paint codes, later this was changed to generic two-digit Revell paint codes.

Catalog NumberType
1973  1992 2012/2013 
H-1001----------Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Kanko 'Kate'
H-1002----------Aichi D3A1 Type 99 Kanbaku 'Val'
H-1003----------Yokosuka D4Y1/2 Suisei 'Judy'
H-1004----------Kawanishi N1K1 Shiden 'George'
H-1005----------Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa 'Oscar'
H-1006----------Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki 'Tojo'
H-1007----------Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien 'Tony'
H-1008----------Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate 'Frank'
H-1009----------Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 21 Zero-Sen 'Zeke'
H-1010----------Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden 'Jack'
H-1011----------Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai 'George'
H-1012----------Nakajima C6N2 Saiun 'Myrt'
H-10130400104912Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I
H-10140401504913Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
H-10150402604914Hawker Typhoon Mk.I B
H-10160403804915Hawker Tempest Mk.V
H-10170404504916Messerschmitt Bf.109E
H-10180404604917Focke Wulf Fw.190A-8
H-10190404704918Junkers Ju.87B Stuka
H-10200404804919Messerschmitt Me.262A
H-10210407804928North American P-51B Mustang
H-10220409704929Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
H-10230409804930Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair
H-10240409904931Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
H-1025-----04932Curtiss P-40E Warhawk
H-1026-----04933Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
H-1027-----04934Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
H-1028-----04935Bell P-39Q Airacobra

kits H-1001 to H-1004 and H-1009 to H-1012 were discontinued after 1974,
kits H-1005 to H-1008 were discontinued after 1975,
kits H-1013 to H-1028 were discontinued after 1979.
kits 040** were available from 1992 to 1996.
Kits 04912, 04914, 04916, 04917 and 04918 were discontinued after 2nd quarter of 2015, the remaining 'Micro Wings' kits were discontinued once stock was depleted.

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