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Revell Germany Embraer 195

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The Brazilian-built Embraer 195 regional jet can carry more than 100 passengers. More than 150 are in service around the world.

Molded in white plastic, Revell’s beautifully molded ERJ has fine recesssed panel lines. The thin trailing edges on the wings and stabilizers impressed me, especially the delicate shark-fin winglets incorporated with the upper wings.

Typical of Revell Germany airliners, the fuselage windows are open but no clear inserts are provided. It’s up to you to apply decal windows or use Microscale Kristal Klear or another window maker.

The GE CF34 engines comprise eight parts. I appreciate that the front of each engine is a single part; no pesky seams.

Position of the landing gear is the only option, but no stand is provided to pose the plane in the air.

Some parts show minor flash, and all six flap fairings have sink marks that require filler.

Revell Germany has improved its instructions, with color assembly drawings on glossy paper making part placement, color callouts, and decal location easy to read. Way to go, Revell Germany!

Designed by DACO and printed in Italy, the decals provide markings for a bird from Italian carrier Air Dolomiti.

The model went together without problems or filler. Be careful handling the fuselage to avoid breaking the delicate molded-on antennas.

I left off the stabilizers and wings for painting. After a coat of Tamiya white primer, I sprayed the body with GSI Creos Mr. Super Clear gloss. The decals performed perfectly, but I used a little setting solution to settle the one-piece tail marking over the rudder hinge.

Thanks to the great fit and excellent decals, I enjoyed building Revell Germany’s Embraer. It makes a colorful addition to my growing fleet.

Note: A version of this review appeared in the February 2017 issue.

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