Reggiane Re-2000 export
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH72101 Re-2000 /Heja I.
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.
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
||Rare subject, highly
detailed and excellent and highly colourful decals.
||Cowling is part of
fuselage making it hard to open flaps, vac-formed canopies
may put some modellers off.
||Recommended to all but
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Re-2000 is available online from
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
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.
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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