by Jean Barby
1/48 scale Re.2001 is available online from Squadron.com
I remember, as a kid already in love with plastic models, when I discovered
this lovely Italian bird on the shelves of a big store in Marseilles, France.
When Classic Airframe released the "Falcone" in 48th scale: I knew I had to
Documentation on Italian aircraft was scarse until recently, but a wealth of
new references have helped me to identify and correct what I consider to be the
main mistake of Classic Airframes' otherwise excellent kit.
The wing ailerons are 1 mm too long, and the flaps underneath are completely
wrong both in size and outline. They should be separated in the middle line of
the airframe by a thin space, and their shape should follow the contour of the
fuselage. This design was featured on all the Reggiane figthers from the Re.2000
onward to the Re.2005.
There is nothing difficult required to correct the error with the flaps. I
used super glue to fill the gaps on the ailerons. Plastic card and evergreen
strips were employed to build new flaps. These minor tasks will give the
modeller some fun on a rainy afternoon
The seat and harness should be replaced too, but I only realised this after
the model was finished!
The wheels are from True Details for the MC 202/Fiat G-50.
The plane is from the 358 Squadiglia, based in Sicily during the Malta
The pictures were taken by François Verdu from Replic magazine.
Click the thumbnails below to view
Article Copyright © 2001 by Jean Barby
Images Copyright © 2001 by François Verdu
Page Created 30 December 2001
Last updated 04 June 2007
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