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Reggiane Re-2000 serie I.
in servcie of Reggia Aeronautica


Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH72079 Re-2000
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 26 light grey, short run, injection moulded plastic parts on two sprues, 43 resin parts on thirteen pour blocks, 2 vacuum formed canopies [one spare], 1 photo etched fret, decals for two aircraft and a 10 page instruction booklet with history, parts plan, build diagrams and paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$21.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Rare subject, highly detailed and excellent decals.
Disadvantages: References may be a bit hard to find.
Recommendation: Recommended if you enjoy a challenge

Reviewed by Glen Porter

 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Re-2000 is available online from Squadron.com



The Reggiane Re 2000 preceded the Re 2001 and 2002 into Regia Aeronautica service, but only a small number were built.

First flown in 1939, it impressed the air forces of Hungary and Sweden. They ordered 70 and 60 respectively but apparently the Italian authorities were not so impressed, as they only ordered 25. 8 of the 25 were flown by the Italian Navy. However it was soon developed into the Re 2001 and Re 2002.

Special Hobby seems to be pursuing an Italian WWII single seater theme at the moment as this is not the first, and it would seem, not the last. Their recent Macchi MC 200 bubble top was a very nice model and this one is very similar in quality.

The plastic is top of the line for short run kits with next to no flash and very fine engraved panel lines. Unlike most kits of this type, parts will require only a minimum of clean-up. My only criticism is that the cowling has been moulded as part of the fuselage instead of separate which would have made opening the cowl flaps much easier.


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The resin includes most of the cockpit, undercarriage inserts, engine (with crankcase and 14 separate cylinders), top and bottom cowling scoops and various fine pieces such as pitot tube and radio mast, which I think would have been better supplied in plastic.

PE includes such items as instrument panel face, seat mount, seat belts, roll-over frame and various cockpit levers and wheels.

Decals, this time, don't appear to be by Aviprint but with the same quality and enough markings to complete two aircraft.


These Special Hobby kits just keep getting better and better. Although not for the beginner because of their multi media nature, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody else.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 11 April, 2005
Last updated 10 April, 2005

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