1/48 Reggiane Re. 2005
This is the recent Special Hobby kit. This is one of those planes that I've always wanted on the shelf and was surprised to see SH and Sword release kits simultaneously. The kit built up very nicely. It features a well detailed cockpit that I only added a set of Eduard seat belts to. Unfortunately, the injection molded canopy is one piece and can't be posed open. More on the canopy...I actually started this model in August, but lost the canopy. I found it with my left foot. Not good. An online search revealed a vacuform alternative made by Jay‘s Models. Never heard of Jay's and it didn't state which kit it was for. I went ahead and ordered one from BNA Modelworld in Australia. It's nicely done and is of the same quality as a Falcon product. It fit pretty decently and solved my problem.
The wheel wells are well detailed on this model and I was really impressed with how they built up. The only thing that gives this kit away as limited run is the fact that you need to sand the roof of said wheel wells to get them inside the wings. Not a big deal.
I finished it with Humbrol enamels that the Stormo! Italian aviation website recommends. Special Hobby advises you to paint the spinner red on this ANR example. I doubt Italian fascists would have used an Allied ID marking on their planes. I found a pic of this plane online and it appears the same tone as the rest of the plane to me . Green it was!
EZ line for the antenna and it was done. This is a nice kit that I really enjoyed.