Reggiane 2000 serie III. 1:48 SMER (ex Artiplast) + scratch
I started this kit as an experiment as I always wanted an 1:48 copy af this little fighter, but beside SMER (Artiplast originated in the early '60s) the only kit in this scale is from CA. I saw this week a Classic Airframes Reggiane 2000 kit on evilbay but when I clicked away to safer sites (i.e. where I can't buy model kit) that tended somewhere well over 90USD - holy c...p! The ex artiplast is notorious as a bad kit that doesn't build well and You can't see it built often (but there are some good examples on the net). The experiment was on that how bad is this kit in reality and what can I do with this?
There were a lot of work to achieve this but to be honest with the product the basics are there and at least I could hone my scracthbuilding and updating skills. I only kept the main parts and altered heavily nearly all parts. Made new interior, engine, canopy, wheel wells, landing gears, rescribed/riveted the whole thing, altered the engine cowling etc... As Hungarian AF used this type in the WW2 in Russia heavily I will made a serie I from another kit and also a Hungarian built MÁVAG Héja II which based on this type (but You have to REALLY change a lot of things so I try to collect some mojo for that). So I made resin copies all of my alterations so I can use them later on my other builds (I hope).
I didn't want to alter more the kit hence the serie III. and Italian painting scheme. I really like this colorful appearance (it's just like a kind of parrot isn' it?). The plane used by the 377 Squadriglia in Sicily in 1942 as a night fighter. The Sezione II. painted their planes' cowlings red while Sezione I. painted theirs black. I thought that the black cowling would be too "Zeroish" so I chose red. On these planes the early three colour scheme were touched up heavily with (most likely) Verde oliva scuro 2 (dark olive green - Italian sounds great!). Hope You like it, all C&C are welcome as usual 🙂