The Aftermarket Trap: Italieri Reggiane 2002.
The Italieri 1/48th scale Reggiane Re.2002 kit is “fine.” It’s a “fine” kit that goes together with no fit issues and you can slap paint on it and be happy with it. But “fine” stops at being a model kit that you can glue together and have fun with, because if you are someone with AMS like me, you dive in and realize this is a mess of issues and you just have to try to fix them. Originally I bought this from a swap meet to “throw together”. But when I started it, well, you know how it goes.
The first thing that should raise alarm bells for you is Italieri includes a reference photo book with this kit. The plastic parts look nothing like the aircraft in the photos. This book does nothing but show you how whoever made this kit probably designed it by casual glances. Dry fitting reveals something just isn’t right. I look online, and low and behold, Vector sells resin updates for this kit. So I buy them. While I’m at it, let’s scratch build my own interior. Brake lines, new hump, rescribed panel lines, spend a few days trying to figure out the correct flap arrangement (there was a picture of it in the book the whole time).
I end with a project that cost three or four times as much as I got the kit. There’s a Quickboost hump, SBS seat, Vector cowl, prop and engine (which I spent more time than I want to admit on and you can’t see a lick of) in there. And I’m pretty sure the color of Hataka paint I used is wrong. So now I sit here and look at this thing, and I wonder.
Err, it might sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I had fun; if I didn’t I wouldn’t do this to myself over and over. … right? Right. Thanks for looking.
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