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Reggiane Re 2000

 

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH72098 Re-2000 Serie III
Export Version
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 26 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.
Price: USD$22.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Rare subject, highly detailed and excellent and highly colourful decals; very clear canopies.
Disadvantages: Cowling is part of fuselage making it hard to open flaps, vac-formed canopies may put some modellers off.
Recommendation: Recommended for experienced modellers.


Reviewed by Glen Porter


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

FirstLook

 

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 examples.

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.

 

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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 by Aviprint.

 



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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