I have had this kit for… Well, I have no idea. Long. 10+ years for sure. Maybe even 15.
Heja was the Hungarian license produced version of the Italian Re.2000. The Royal Hungarian Air Force used the original Italian planes on the eastern front, but the Hungarian made planes were used for training only. There are only a few records of real missions. One of these happened in April 1944, when the allied forces started their strategic bombing campaign of Hungary. North of the lake Balaton lies a small grass airfield, still in use by a flying club. During the war, it was one of the airforce bases, used by Ju-86 bombers and later by various training squadrons. On 13.04.1944, a group of P-38 fighters attacked the airfield, and the Hungarian trainers scrambled to intercept the allied planes. The Hungarians were outnumbered, and their planes were absolutely not on pair with the twin engined Lightning. However, all of them managed to return to the base, some of them with some damage. One of these planes was the V5+39.
The colours of this plane are debated. On the photos, it looks like a single tone upper camouflage, but the typical version was a brown-green wave pattern.
The authors of the book “Hungarian Fighter Colors” also concluded that V5+39 had a single tone upper camouflage.
I focus now on my Po-2 build, but I should be able to finish this kit. Typical early Special Hobby, a lot of resin and fiddly parts.
Archive photos: Fortepan.hu under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence
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