Mávag Héja II
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH 72100 - Mávag Héja II
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 45 parts in yellow
resin; 1 photo etched fret; acetate film with printed
2 vacform parts; decals for
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
||Excellent use of
multimedia, superb resin, two canopies, thin decals.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Hobby's 1/72 scale Mávag Héja II is available online from
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
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.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
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
Some photos do in fact show this
area covered so check your subject carefully.
Two schemes are provided on the
Re 2000 Héja II, damaged after colliding with a P-38, April 1944,
pilot Kass Ferenc.
Re 2000 Héja II, 74th aircraft built by MAVAG, August
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
Page Created 07 June, 2005
Last updated 06 June, 2005
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