Reggiane Re 2000
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH72098 Re-2000 Serie III
light grey plastic parts on two sprues, 37 cream coloured
resin parts on thirteen casting blocks, many PE parts on one
Eduard fret, optional injected (1) or vac-formed (2)
canopies, decals for three Italian aircraft plus 12 page A5
instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 12 build
diagrams and 3 pages of paint/decal drawings.
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
||Rare subject, highly
detailed and excellent and highly colourful decals; very
||Cowling is part of
fuselage making it hard to open flaps, vac-formed canopies
may put some modellers off.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Re-2000 is available online from
The designer of the Re 2000, Roberto G.
Longhi, originally worked for Seversky in the USA on the P-35, hence the
similarity to this aircraft. Although foreign governments placed orders
for it, the Italians were not all that impressed and only took 25
This is the third model of the Re 2000 that Special Hobby have released.
The first two were the Series I (SP72079) and the Export Model (SP72101)
which I have previously reviewed here on Hyperscale so I wont go into
much in the way of describing the basic model.
This kit is much the same with the main
difference, apart from box art, decals and instructions, being the
canopies. The first two had the hump behind the canopy as part of the
vac-formed items as it was in the original aircraft. In this kit, that
hump is part of the fuselage and Special Hobby supply a resin part along
with a very clear and thin injection moulded canopy which makes this one
a little bit more modeller friendly.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
However, they also give you the two vac-formed
canopies from the earlier kits and if they are to your preference,
suggest you cut the rear part off which gives you even more options. I
would be inclined to use a combination of both, injected windscreen, vac-formed
hood and resin hump. That way, I could have the canopy open and show off
all that lovely interior detail.
The decal are for three Reggia Aeronautica aircraft. The first is in
Sand and Dark Green blotch over Light Blue-Grey under-side with a Black
cowling based in Sicily, December 1941. Next is in Dark Green with Light
Blue-Grey under-side, White nose and tail band, same location and time
while the third is in the same scheme as the first but at Catania
airfield, 1941. All national markings and stencils are supplied however,
there is nothing on the decal sheet to say who they are printed by but
as the quality is as usual from Special Hobby, I would assume they are
In my opinion, this is the best of the three produced so far because of
that injected canopy but I still get the shakes every time I look at
that Eduard PE fret, but thatís just me.
Recommended to the more experienced modellers.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 April, 2006
Last updated 26 April, 2006
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