Revell - Monogram
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Revell and Monogram were archrivals during the first "golden age" of modeling of the 1950s and 1960s. A recent show about models on the History Channel noted that they each churned out 100,000 kits a day at their peak. But decline in the industry ensued and the two companies ended up merging in 1985. In 2007, the company was bought by Hobboco, Inc., of Champaign, Illinois. These days Revell produces about 15,000 kits a day in a variety of subjects.

Early Monogram armor kits from the 1960s were produced in 1/32 scale. These can still turn up in hobby shops when someone sells their stash to the store. I picked up the Jeep and 37mm antitank gun in the spring of 2002. It's a very simple kit, suitable for youngsters, but I'd like to build a 37mm and thought this might provide a few suitable parts. But even experienced modelers enjoy these kits and add their own scratchbuilt details and corrections. Several kits were re-released in 2009, including two Shermans and the M3 Lee. Alas, they did not include the old Shep Paine illustrated construction and painting guides, which inspired legions of young modelers in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Revell's 1/35 military kits tend to be reboxes of Italeri items. They also make a respectable line of 1/72 AFVs, although some are reboxed 1/76 Matchbox kits.

Monogram/Revell 1/32 Scale

8211Jeep and 37mm Gun101 Airborne, 506 Airborne Infantry Regiment, C Co. #6

9th Armored Division, 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, HQ 9C (medical)

  11th Armored Division, MP #2
8212Amphibious Weasel 
8213Infantry Figures 
82142 1/2 Ton Truck 
8215Armored Halftrack 
8216Personnel Carrier 
4201 or 85-7851Hedge Hog Sherman M4 with Hedgerow Cutter 3rd Armored Division, 32nd Tank Regiment, “A” Company, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Tank
  1st Armored Division, 13th Armored Battalion, “C” Company, 3rd Platoon, 2nd Tank
4101M-20 Armored Car 
86-4200M4A1 Screaming Mimi (Sherman Calliope)  
7536 or 85-7850U.S. Lee Tank M3 
 Greyhound M8 
6303Attack Weasel  

Revell 1/35 Scale

M4 18T Cargo Tractor  
3078M3A1 Scout Car(Italeri kit, includes deployed canvas cover) 
3015U.S. Willys Jeep Recon WWII(Italeri kit, includes .30 MG, wire cutter bar, radio; excludes trailer) 
3055LVT-(A)1 Amtank(same as Italeri except new decals) 
3074M4A3 Sherman (75)W with T34 Calliope rocket launcher(Italeri kit) 
3086M7 Priest (same as Italeri kit, new decals)6th Armored Division, 231st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, A BatteryWest Front, 1944
  2nd French Tank Division, "Uranus"July 1944
4820M*A*S*H 4077th Medical Scene  

Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © Timothy S. Streeter