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Reggiane Re-2000 export
Heja I

 

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH72101 Re-2000 /Heja I.
Export Version
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$22.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Rare subject, highly detailed and excellent and highly colourful decals.
Disadvantages: Cowling is part of fuselage making it hard to open flaps, vac-formed canopies may put some modellers off.
Recommendation: Recommended to all but beginners.


Reviewed by Glen Porter


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

FirstLook

 

This package contains the same parts as the Special Hobby Re 2000 (kit no.72079) that I reviewed here on Hyperscale earlier this year, except that the decals are for 4 Hungarian aircraft. Therefore, the comments I made back then are relevant here as well.

 

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:


The Hungarian Government was very impressed with the Re 2000, and ordered 70 of them for their Air Force. The first example in the kit, V.4+21, was flown by 1/Lt Istvan Horthy, Hungary's Vice Regent, from Ilovskoye airfield on the Eastern Front in 1942. This fighter, in standard Italian camouflage (sand with dark green blotches and grey underside), had national markings in six places, horizontal tri-colour (red, white and green) on the fin and rudder plus yellow fuselage band and underside wing tips.

 



The next aircraft, V.4+60, is in the same scheme and with the same national marking, was flown by an unidentified pilot from Kolozsvar in 1942.

The third, is again, in the same sand, green and grey camouflage but with no Hungarian cosses, and instead has V-shapes in red, white and green, from the trailing edge of the main planes, about 2/3s the way out, top and bottom, pointing towards the leading edge and the same on the fin and rudder. The code is V.407 with no +.

Last but not least, is V.4+40, with identical camouflage and markings as the first two, also from Ilovskoye but in 1943.

The last two aircraft have much denser mottling than the first two.

Like the original kit, the decal sheet in this one is not marked as being printed by Aviprint, but is just as good with excellent register and minimum carrier film.

Again, I have no hesitation in recommending this kit to anyone with experience in multi-media kits.

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 22 November, 2005
Last updated 22 November, 2005

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