RS Models 1/72 Reggiane Re 2005
By Matt Bittner
The Reggiane Re 2005 was an Italian design that was too late to make much difference in the defense against Germany. Primarily used for the defense of Rome, Naples and Sicily after the armistice with Germany, it was considered one of the most aesthetic aircraft of the war, even with its structural weakness in the rear fuselage.
- 362a Sq., Capua, October, 1943, "White 2"
- 362a Sq., Capua, October, 1943, "White 5"
- Luftdienst Kommando Italien, Maniago, February, 1944
- Aeromautica Mazionale Repubblicana, Bresso, March, 1944
All aircraft have green topsides with grey unders, while the German machine has yellow wing tips.
One item you will need to glue to one fuselage half prior to gluing the halves together is the tail wheel. I haven't found a way to glue that in after the halves are together. Once that's in and the fuselage halves are together, then you can add the rear bulkhead behind the pilot followed by the instrument panel and then the cockpit. Next glue the horizontal tail pieces on, assuring they're mounted 90 degrees to the rudder/fin but leave the tail wheel doors off until close to the end. Now your attention turns toward the wing.
This is an excellent model of the best-looking (to me, anyway) Italian WW2 fighter. RS Models has done a wonderful job recreating the Re 2005 in 1/72.
My thanks to RS Models for the review kit.