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The Revell and Monogram brands were born back in 1945, both on a different path, but with a shared goal of delivering quality and entertainment. Revell started out with plastic toys, one of their first was a Toy Washing Machine. Monogram on the other hand was always making kits, but at the beginning, they were making them out of balsa wood. Over the years that followed Revell and Monogram, once fierce competitors, joined as one company and today offer models from military vehicles to motorcycles and even a full line of radio controlled toys. My husband has been a car lover as long as I have known him, since age 16. He tells me that in his tween years he began building models and that really sparked his interest in cars and even helped him choose his first career as an auto technician for over 12 years.
Our youngest son is now 10 years old and like his Dad he has an interest in cars so when we were given the opportunity to have him build a few Revell models of course we jumped at the chance. Revell Model kits are available in three skill levels, Snaptite is for ages 8 and up, no glue is required, the pieces simply snap together. Skill level 2 is for ages 10 and up and level 3 is for ages 12 and up, both of these require model glue and level 3 will contain more detail/pieces than level 2.
We are always looking for things for the kids to do that does not involve some kind of electronic device and I think Ethan building models is great. It is calming, relaxing, kind of like me assembling puzzles, plus it helps with problem solving skills as he reads instructions and navigates through the builds. Kids can start off with the Snaptite models and then advance to the ones that require glue and can paint each individual component of the engine, interior and the body to customize it and make it their own for them to display. Model kits are very economical when you consider the time and quality of play, a lot cheaper than a video game. Revell Models can be purchased online from HobbyShipper.com and Michaels or find a local retailer here. Introduce your kids to modeling today and see what they can build and be sure to show Revell some love on facebook, twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.