Scratch Built - 1/32 Reggiane Re.2000GA (Grande Autonoma)
Long Range Fighter
by Luca Bossi
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Technical Specifcations:

Aircraft:
Caproni-Reggaine Re.2000
Manufacturer:
Officine Meccaniche 'Reggaine' S.p.A. (Caproni)
Type: Fighter
Year: 1939
Engine: Piaggio P.XI RC 40, 14-cyclinder radial, air-cooled, 986hp
Wingspan:
36.0 ft 1 in  (11.0 m)
Length:
26.0 ft 2 1/2 in (7.99 m)
Height:
10.0 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Weight:
6,290 lb (2,850 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed:
329 mph (530 km/h) at 16,400 ft (5,000 m)
Ceiling:
34,450 ft (10,500 m)
Range:
870 miles (1,400 km)
Armament:
2 x 12.7 mm (0.5 in) BREDA-SAFAT machine guns
Crew:
1
March, 2011
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Construction
This is my scratchbuild in vacuum built 1/32 Scale Reggiane Re 2000 GA. The vertical and orizontal rudder, pilot seat and wheels, are resin copies from the Pacific Coast Models RE 2005.   This is a RE 2000 GA, of 23° Gruppo Caccia Terrestre, 377a Sq. CT, 1a Sezione (black engine), Catania airfield (Sicily – November 1941).

Colours and Markings
The camouflage reference is show in “Sergio Govi, il caccia RE 2000 e la storia delle Reggiane , Giorgio Apostolo Editore – Pg 56“ and “Squadron Signal in Action Series n. 177” in annex . The airplane is shown with a dark band around the white fuselage band and dark mobile rudder. The airplane was in the standard metropolitan colors in "Verde Scuro Tipo 2" and grey.  After the factory modification in GA ( long range ), the airplane recived in Palermo Boccadifalco , a camouflage similar to C1B preserving Regia fuselage band and Savoia rudder cross, and yellow engin cooling band , re-painted in black after a few days, in Trapni ora Catania airport.

- Giallo Mimetico 1-3 = Humbrol H94
- Verde Mimetico 3 = Tamya XF26
- Marrone Mimetico 1-2-53193 = Tamya XF68
- Grigio Mimetico = Tamya XF19

References
- Sergio Govi , il caccia RE 2000 e la storia delle Reggiane , Giorgio Apostolo Editore.
- Squadron Signal in Action Series n. 177 - Reggiane Fighters.
- Nicola Malizia “ IL REGGIANE 2000 “ Edizioni dell’ Ateneo e Bizzarri
- Ali e Colori n. 6  - Caccia Reggiane - La Bancarella Aeronautica ,Sergio Brioschi drawings .
- a lot of foto.
Background
The Reggiane 2000 was a modern aircraft constructed entirely of metal under the general direction of the Ing. Longhi. Following Longhi’s experiences in the United States he began design of this stellar aircraft; introducing new construction techniques to the Reggiane firm such as the use of aluminum and the construction of wings as a single piece. Looking at the aircraft there are some obvious similarities to the Seversky P- 35; however the Re. 2000 was significantly more powerful and modern in its design. Comparative tests against the Me.109 E indicated the Re.2000 was more maneuverable and more stable in flight; in combat simulations with the Me.109 the Re.2000 demonstrated its marked superiority. However unfortunately the Falco’s engine, as it was christened, a Piaggio P.IX R.C. 40, was not always reliable; a handicap of the aircraft that it would carry to the end of its career. Unfortunately in spite of test flights and results the Regia Aeronautica was still undecided, pointing out the location of the fuel tanks represented a serious risk to pilots (a similar issue with the P-47); this particular problem however did not deter foreign interest in the aircraft which included purchase orders from Sweden, Hungary and Britain. The purchase order from Britain would eventually be canceled because of war.

Following the construction of the prototype, there followed four variants of the aircraft: an interceptor, a catapult launched version for the Regia Marina, the ‘bis’ and the G.A. (Grande Autonomia, Long Range Fighter). The ‘bis’ version was a transition aircraft before the definitive G.A. was put into production, brandishing a large additional fuel tank located behind the pilots seat as well as replacing the all glass canopy with the typical Italian scalloped headrest for safety purposes. The Re. 2000 was used by the newly formed Experimental Squadron of the 23o Gruppo, 3o Stormo based at Comiso and the 377a Sq., an Independent Squadron based at Palermo, Bocca di Falco Airforce Base and also with a section at Trapani. The 377a Sq. used the Re. 2000 extensively, and as it turned out was the only RA operating unit completely equipped with the fighter, having received the entire assignment to the Regia Aeronautica (18 aircraft); except those catapult types destined for use on the great battleships. From their deployment in Sicily, the Re. 2000 operated against Malta, dividing its missions into convoy escort, ground attack, the attacking of ports and interception.