Accurate Miniatures has released two sets that will bring back a lot of memories for older modelers, and be a great way for newer modelers to build some fun kits at a reasonable price.
One set is a re-boxing of Monogram’s 1/72 scale P-40N and P-51B. If you built these kits as a kid in the 60’s or the 70’s, you’ll feel right at home when you open the box. Even the instructions are reproductions of the originals. I took a look at this set recently when I visited my local hobby shop, Hayes Hobby House in Fayetteville, NC. It really brought back some great memories. Remember the the two piece stand with the circular base? It’s in there! (Even has “Monogram” on the base!) The decals are up-to-date sets that looked very nice. The package also includes two cut-out bases to display your finished kits on. Glen Porter did a nice review of this set over on Hyperscale, and has photos of the sprues there.
The other boxed set is the Navy’s FB-4 fighter and the Army’s P-6E, both biplanes from the 1930’s. I haven’t had a chance to look at either of these sets.
Though some folks may scratch their heads at the release of such old kits, I’m glad Accurate Miniatures has done so. Though these aren’t the most modern of kits (the molds are probably older than I am, and I recall seeing the first moon landing), they are a great trip down memory lane for modelers who’ve seen a few kits, so to speak. And for newer modelers, they’re priced reasonably enough, and will be a great introduction into this wonderful hobby of ours.
You can buy these kits from Accurate-Miniatures, your favorite online shop, or better yet- go visit your local hobby shop!