Revell 1/144 Embraer 195 'Air Dolomiti'
KIT #: 04884
PRICE: $12.95 SRP
DECALS: One option
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: New tool kit (2016)


The Embraer E-Jet family is a series of narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jet airliners produced by Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer. Launched at the Paris Air Show in 1999, and entering production in 2002, the aircraft series has been a commercial success. The aircraft is used by mainline and regional airlines around the world. As of 30 September 2015, there is a backlog of 263 firm orders for the E-Jets, 433 options and 1158 units delivered.

The E190/195 models are a larger stretch of the E170/175 models fitted with a new, larger wing, larger horizontal stabilizer and a new engine, the GE CF34-10E, rated at 18,500 lb (82.30 kN). These aircraft compete with the Bombardier CRJ-1000 and CS100, the Boeing 717-200 and 737-600, and the Airbus A318. It can carry up to 100 passengers in a two-class configuration or up to 124 in single-class high density configuration.

The first flight of the E190 was on March 12, 2004 (PP-XMA), with the first flight of the E195 (PP-XMJ) on December 7 of the same year. The launch customer of the E190 was New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue with 100 orders options in 2003 and took its first delivery in 2005. British low-cost carrier Flybe launched the E195 operations on 22 September 2006. With 14 orders and 12 options airline was the first operator of this type of aircraft.

As the 190/195 models are of mainline aircraft size, many airlines operate them as such, fitting them with a business class section and operating them themselves, instead of having them flown by a regional airline partner. For example, Air Canada operates 45 E190 aircraft fitted with 9 business-class and 88 economy-class seats as part of its primary fleet. JetBlue and American Airlines also operate the E190 as part of their own fleet thus allowing airlines increased crewing flexibility by having the ability of cabin crews to work aboard narrow-body or widebody aircraft.


The other day, I was in the LHS and noticed this one on the shelf. I also noticed that it was very reasonably priced and since I like Revell airliner kits, I picked it up. One thing I noticed is that Revell AG has apparently launched a new look to their boxes. Gone is the blue with stripes box, replaced with one the boldly states the scale, skill level and other kit stats on the left side of the box.

On the back of the box is an image of the completed kit with close up detail images, a shot of the sprues, and a series of small rectangles, each with a color of Revell paint and the Revell paint number inside it. Yes, we still have to deal with proprietary paint information. On the inside is an all new instruction sheet on semi-glossy paper and in color to boot. Gone is the newsprint quality instructions. These instructions are also in booklet form and stapled in the center. Instructions are still all pictograms and that has not changed.

The kit itself is molded on two white sprues with a small sprue of clear for the windscreen. The fuselage halves have open windows over which one will place decals for the window outlines. I have discovered over the years that modelers are split regarding having open windows or a solid fuselage where one uses decals to represent the windows. I prefer the latter as it allows for different window patterns, but do acknowledge that it is impossible to get the windows crooked when the are already molded in place.

20 grams of weight are going to be required to keep this one from tail sitting and while it shows the weight going in front of the nice cockpit  piece, there is no way you'll get that to fit in what is a tiny space. Nose gear well is molded in the fuselage halves and there is a separate main gear well that fits into an insert that will be plugged into the underside of the fuselage. I'm sure this was done to allow for the shorter fuselage kits to be molded and still use the rest of the tooling.

Wings are molded in upper and lower halves with the upper half containing the control surfaces and the wing tip. This is the best way to do this sort of thing. Building up the engines takes a bit and the instructions show the various parts being painted prior to assembly. I like that the kit provides a single piece forward engine cowling. This extends back to the engine fan, eliminating the need to try to fill seams on the inside of the cowling.

Revell provides an in-flight option for those who wish to mount their model on a stand. No stand is provided, but this shouldn't be an issue for the dedicated. For gear down, there are nicely molded landing gear and wheels.

The livery for this boxing is the Italian airline Air Dolomiti. This is basically an all white fuselage with light gray wings and stabilizers with metal leading edges. The scheme is a good choice as there are not a lot of broad decal expanses to deal with save the tail. For that reason, one should wait to install the tail planes until after decals have been applied. Perhaps even waiting to glue on the wings wouldn't be a bad idea either. Decals  are properly glossy and the sheet states they were "designed by Daco and printed in Italy by Revell, a Hobbico subsidiary".


A brief web search turned up not only a number of aftermarket decals for this plane, but the fact that this is not the first 195 kitted. There is at least one other kit out there that appears to be resin and one from Russia of undetermined make-up. That Revell decided to do this one indicates that not only may we see other variants, but other liveries as well. If you like airliners or just want something a bit different from the norm, I can recommend this one to you.


May 2016


Thanks to me for picking this one up at the LHS.

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