1/48 Reggiane Re. 2001
This is the new Sword kit. It’s a completely new mold and shares nothing with the old Classic Airframes model of this plane. The plastic moldings on this kit are top notch, smooth surfaced, and fit well. The only things that indicate that it’s a limited run kit are lack of locator pins, vague landing gear attachments, and butt joined stabilizers. I drilled the later out and strengthened them with brass pins. Everything fit together very nicely on this model, better then some mainstream kits that I’ve built. I drilled out the gun ports, added Eduard seat harnesses, and made the antenna wiring from EZ line. I used Humbrol enamels for everything except the topside green. That is Xtracolor RLM 70, which is a decent match for Italian Verde Olivia Scuro. I think it looks better then the Humbrol #91 that I used on my Re. 2005. The kit decals were excellent. I did learn that two of the three options offered have inaccurate codes done in gray. They should be blue. I chose the final option with correct codes in white. A light coat of Testors semi-gloss clear and some pastel exhaust stains finished it up. It represents a Reggiane based in Sicily that was involved in the Malta campaign. This was a very enjoyable project that built quickly. Highly recommended.
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