I think Revell kits are the most widespread in the world today, and indeed they probably already were in the 80's. They were the only Western kits regularly available in communist Czechoslovakia. They were relatively rare compared to KP, Smer, and KVZ, but more common than ZTS––most hobby shops and some toy stores had one, maybe a few, behind the counter (but then ALL kits were behind the counter in those days). I recall they were actually expensive. Interestingly, the quality––of the small models, at least––wasn't much better. Details were more fine and true to scale, and the fit was a little better. But the interiors were still minimal, and the models pocked with sinkholes and ejector pin marks just like the domestic stuff. But they came from the west, and it was the way they were presented––in crisp, bright colored boxes, with photos of crisply finished model prototypes on the sides and top––that spoke quality. The pilot figures, crucially, looked like normally proportioned and posed humans, hands furiously clenching tiny plastic control columns. My mom once promised me a kit if I took a swim lesson when I was six. The swim lesson was terrible, I was simply flung in the water under the shouts of a stern coach. I sunk. I emerged to find safety, and Revell's 1/72 P-47, on dry land.