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Yellow Submarine

MPC Yellow Submarine Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2012 Manufacturer MPC/Round 2
Subject Yellow Submarine Scale N/A
Kit Number 759 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Another rare kit back on the shelf Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $48.99

First Look

Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine

Round2 Models continues to reissue a nice array of kits that haven't seen the light of day in decades. Here is an old classic that dates back before Paul McCartney was in a group called 'Wings'. MPC produced a kit based upon the 1968 Beatles movie 'Yellow Submarine' which was all but fogotten in the decades that followed.

Molded in yellow styrene, the kit is presented as two hull halves plus two trees of parts and one additional tree of chromed parts. The kit was intended to appeal to Beatles fans as well as young fans/modelers as it is very simple in construction and features a rubber-band-powered propeller that will allow the sub to cruise through the pool (or bathtub). The two hatches (one on either side) open to reveal interior animated snapshots from inside the sub and decals provide options for empty portholes or portholes with the Beatles' faces.

If you do build this boat for water, you might want to put some sealed bubble in the conning tower as well as the ballast called for in the instructions to keep the boat upright as well as from heading straight to the bottom. You'll also want to apply a liberal coat of clear over those decals to keep them in place in the water as well.

This will be a fun kit to modelers of all ages to play with. This particular release comes at a higher price as it is contained in a collector's tin (that could double for a lunch box) where the younger modelers will want to wait for the less expensive release in a normal box.

My sincere thanks to Round2 Models for this review sample