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Reggiane Re.2000

by John C. Valo

 

Reggiane Re.2000

 


Classic Airframes' Reggiane Re 2000 is available online from Squadron.com

 

Background

 

Designed in 1938, the Reggiane Re.2000 reflected the influence of the American aviation industry on its design, obviously strongly following the lines and proportions of the Seversky P-35.

Early flights demonstrated comparable and occasionally superior performance to its Italian contemporaries, the Fiat G.50 and Macchi MC.200. Unfortunately, the Piaggio radial engine was notoriously unreliable, leading to a number of aircraft losses through mechanical failures. The Italian authorities also objected to certain structural arrangements, and insisted the aircraft was too vulnerable to enemy fire to be accepted as a fighter. This, along with the powerplant problems, doomed the aircraft to never seeing quantity production.

 



Most of the aircraft produced served with the air forces of Hungary and Sweden. Italian use was very limited in Sicily from 1941-42.

Re-engined with a license-built copy of the Daimler-Benz 601 inline engine, the basic design found a new lease on life as the Re.2001.



 

The Model



Classic Airframes recently released an excellent 1/48 scale kit of the Re.2001, and now has provided modelers the opportunity to build its progenitor, the Re.2000, in the same scale.

Typically for Classic Airframes, the kit consists of two injection-molded plastic sprues, two vacuformed canopies, and well-cast resin cockpit, engine and various small details.

All resin parts are nicely detailed, and I had no problems with fit. The instructions suggest assembling the cockpit parts as a tub, then inserting this into the fuselage. I deviated from the instructions and taped the cockpit walls in place on the fuselage sides and used them to determine the position of the remaining parts before committing them to glue.

 

 

Click on the thumbnails below to view larger pictures of the engine and cockpit components:



The resin engine has nicely molded individual cylinders which look great when assembled. I added the prominent pushrods with stretched sprue. The assembled engine fits tightly into the cowling with just a little sanding on the cylinder heads.

The balance of assembly is very straightforward, and similar to the Re.2001 as reviewed by Brett Green on HyperScale and Lynn Ritger on Modeling Madness. I suggest reading both these reviews as they will provide additional suggestions for assembly and detailing that apply to both the 2000 and 2001.

 

 

Painting and Marking Options



An option is provided to build either a Serie I aircraft with a glazed rear cockpit fairing or a Serie III aircraft with rear vision cutouts in a solid cockpit fairing as on the Re.2001. The parts for either version fit very well. Microscale decals are provided with markings provided for seven aircraft: one Hungarian Serie I, one Swedish Serie I, one Italian Serie I and four Italian Serie III planes.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images of the decals:



I elected to build the white cowled Serie I bird based at Cosimo in 1941. A photo of this aircaft shows the camouflage to be very soft with large, patchy mottles. I sprayed the entire uppersurface in Dark Olive, then oversprayed it in a soft, almost translucent mottle of 'Giallo Mimetico', a color very similar to British Middlestone. The decals performed perfectly.

 

 

Finishing Touches



A part is provided to attach to the top of the glazed fairing, which I believe represents a small radio antenna insulator. I am under the impression that not all aircraft were fitted with radios, and after studying the photo of this aircraft again, I elected to eliminate the aerial entirely from the model.

Unlike the colored clear parts provided in the Re.2001 kit for the bulbous navigation lights, these are provided in the Re.2000 as resin parts. I simply stole the extras provided in the Re.2001 to use on this model.

Oddly, the Re.2000 appears to have carried two pitot tubes, a straight one on the port wing and a kinked one on the starboard wing. Adding these completed the job.

The model is surprisingly attractive, and in three dimensions, the Re.2000 is considerably more elegant than I had anticipated. It makes an interesting comparison to the P-35 when placed side-by-side.

 

 

I highly recommend this kit to most modelers, even those of modest experience - This is another good candidate for a first limited-run kit, along with the Re.2001 - it depends if you like radials or inlines!

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Article Copyright 2001 by John C. Valo
Page Created 08 November 2001
Last updated 04 June 2007

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