Special Hobby 1/72 Re.2003 '1. Prototipo'
$15.00 on sale from
Scott Van Aken
Short run with photo etch and resin
The Reggiane Re.2003 was a development from the
Reggiane Re.2002 fighter bomber that first flew on 29 June 1941. It was designed
to replace the outdated IMAM Ro.37 used a the time. Unlike the Reggaine Re.2002,
it had room for a second crewman who sat behind the pilot. It was equipped with
onboard camera equipment. The Fiat A.74 RC.38 engine was intended to be used
originally, but the Piaggio P. XI RC 40 Bis was chosen instead. Only one was
ever produced, and production for a second started, but never finished.
(According to the kit instructions, the second aircraft flew on 13 September
1942 and was eventually taken over by the Luftwaffe in 1944 who had planned to
have Caproni build the plane. Ed) The Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force)
made an order of 200, but cancelled the order as Allied bombing raids made the
Air Force's focus switch to fighter aircraft.
Special Hobby has done is to take their standard Re.2002 kit and provide the
additional pieces needed to do the Re.2003. Basically, this means a new pair
of resin fuselage halves, an additional seat and interior section, and a
pair of new vacuformed canopies. Now this does mean that there are parts not
required. For instance, in the resin bits, the interior sidewall pieces are
redundant as the new resin fuselage halves have all that detail already
molded in place. It also means that the single seat plastic fuselage halves
are no longer needed. However, the sprue with those parts are included as
one still needs the engine mounting ring that is on that sprue. Much easier
to include the unneeded bits than to cut them off.
this is a typical short run kit with a considerable number of resin parts.
This includes an engine that has a block and all the cylinders separate. All
of the interior bits are also resin which includes the floor, seat and so
on. Resin is used for the exhaust, instrument panel, various intake scoops,
bulkheads, wheel wells and a number of other small parts. The photo etch
fret is specifically for this aircraft with harnesses, seat frames,
instrument panels rudder pedals and some other small parts. There are two
acetate sheets, one for the instruments and another for the small side
windows in the lower fuselage. Frankly, one can duplicate these windows with
white glue or Krystal Kleer, but they are there if you prefer.
The actual plastic parts are pretty well limited to major airframe bits.
gear doors, gear legs, wheels, and horizontal stab comprise most of what is
on the injected sprues. The level of detail is quite good as one would
expect from MPM. There are ejector towers inside the big bits, but those are
a snap to clean up. All of this is topped by a pair of nicely molded clear
Kit instructions are pretty straight forward with well done drawings and
color info from the Gunze range. This kit is a bit more complex than some
other Special Hobby offerings so it is a good idea to pay attention to the
instructions and take one's time. The small decal sheet is well done and
should work great. The lone option is the prototype in dark green over light
grey with the upper camouflage wrapping under the leading edges. There is
the usual large white fuselage band that will need to be painted on.
I knew nothing about this particular aircraft, but it looks to
be a rather interesting one and something a bit off the norm. I'm sure it will
be a pleasant build and provide a very nice model when done.
You can find this as well as many other fine kits and
accessories at GreatModels
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