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Mávag Héja II


Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH 72100 - Mávag Héja II  
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 25 parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 45 parts in yellow resin; 1 photo etched fret; acetate film with printed instruments; 2 vacform parts; decals for two aircraft.
Price: USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent use of multimedia, superb resin, two canopies, thin decals.
Recommendation: Recommended.

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner

 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Mávag Héja II is available online from Squadron.com



Special Hobby carries on down the path of the unusual with their release of the Mávag Héja II.  

The history of this aircraft began when Roberto G Longhi designed the Reggiane Re 2000. This aircraft, which was of all metal construction, impressed the Air Forces of both Sweden and Hungary. The Hungarian examples were designated the Héja II after the MAVAG factory modified the originals with the licence built Gnome-Rhone Mistral Major WMK-14B engine.

Nearly two hundred of these fighters were delivered with the Hungarian Air Force taking delivery in 1943. 





Two plastic sprues great the modeller this time and a total of twenty-five parts are offered. All pieces are well moulded with very thin trailing edges where necessary.

The detail is good but the panel lines are a little wider than we are used to seeing in this scale. An extra coat or two of paint should see things right here. 



The resin items are what really sets this kit apart from the others in the range. They are superb. A full interior is provided with seat, sidewalls, floor, bulkhead and even the machine gun butts. The detail on these parts being more than you expect in this scale. Further items in this medium are the lovely radial engine (complete with separate cylinders), cowling, wheel wells, propeller hub, and other assorted details. 


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The photo-etched fret is made by Eduard and adds yet more detail to the cockpit. Here we find the levers, instrument panel (for which film faces are also provided), seat belts, seat frame, and rudder pedals amongst other items. 

Two vac-formed canopies are supplied, one being a spare in case you destroy it during the cutting process. Thank you Special Hobby. 

The instruction sheet is very clear about how to go about assembling the kit although some paints are mentioned by Gunze Sangyo numbers only. 

The eagle-eyed modeller will note that although the box art shows all portions of the canopy to be clear, the instruction indicate the rearmost portion to be in “aluminium”.

Some photos do in fact show this area covered so check your subject carefully.


Two schemes are provided on the instruction sheet. 

a)      Re 2000 Héja II, damaged after colliding with a P-38, April 1944, pilot Kass Ferenc.

b)      Re 2000 Héja II, 74th aircraft built by MAVAG, August 1943 



The decal sheet is beautifully printed with all items in perfect register. The carrier film is very thin and the colour density looks good.





This is one very detailed kit. With the supplied resin and photo-etched parts, the modeller can be assured of creating a very impressive replica. 

Kits of this type do not “fall” together though so patience is needed to make sure everything fits before applying the glue.  


Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 07 June, 2005
Last updated 06 June, 2005

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