Revell started out in California in 1943, making plastic models ranging from ships to cars to washing machines and growing in popularity as the kit-building hobby took off throughout the 1950's. Along the way, it branched out into railway accessories, diecast cars and model-building accessories, including a wide range of paints. After an illustrious history, the US end was purchased by longtime rival Monogram and the two are now produced under the same umbrella.
In 1956, however, a German subsidiary was formed in Bunde, West Germany and in the 1970's, European Revell started developing its own model kits. While the parent company's American-oriented models were popular in Europe, there was a gap in the market for models of European vehicles, ships and similar that would be popular with European modelmakers.
Box art for the Revell Audi R8
Revell Germany officially separated from Revell-Monogram in September 2006, and now makes a wide range of model kits in varying scales, and encompassing a wide range of subjects, including aeroplanes, road and racing cars, Star Wars tie-ins and military vehicles. In addition, the company produces slot cars and diecast vehicles, airbrushes and modelling accessories, Radio Controlled models and products like MagCliks for little girls, the fantasy figure series Epixx and Kick-o-Mania football/soccer toys.
Among the 1/24-scale model car kits produced by the company, one of the most recent is the Audi R8. With a parts count of 106, the kit is an excellent example of the quality of models produced by the company.
Various angles on the fully-built Revell Audi R8 model kit
The kit features a fully-detailed interior with textured seats and authentic dash, detailed multi-part engine with separate exhaust assembly, chromed replica alloy wheels, opening rear engine cover, steerable front wheels, detailed chassis and a full selection of decals. You can see a video of it being built below:
To congratulate Audi on their Centenary, Revell have donated one of their R8 kits as featured above to the Toy Collector/Audi charity forum auction in support of the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults. Bidding is now open in the Toy Collector forum.