1947 was a much simpler time but there were complex problems to be solved. 'Let's put a rocket motor in a small fuselage shaped like a 50 caliber bullet and see if we can maintain controlled flight, faster than the speed of sound'. Sounds simple enough.
Looking back now, the X-1 was simple in shape, power and design and we are still learning from those tests.
Revell has re-released the X-1 as a model kit that captures that simplicity with great detail.
My thanks go out to Revell for providing this kit for review and to IPMS USA for letting me do the review.
In the Box
There are 49 parts in this kit molded in gray and 2 clear. At 1/32 scale, the parts are big and easy to handle and assemble for young, small hands or us 'more experienced' folks with sausages for fingers. A few of the bigger parts separated themselves from the sprues in shipping.
The instruction booklet is simple, large, clear and well organized. There is a short history of the X-1 program and a complete color and marking application guide.