Flying Machines 1/48 Reggiane Re.2005
Series 5 Fighter
by Chris Busbridge
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The culmination of a design formula initiated with the Re.2000, the Reggiane Re.2005 combined great speed, maneuverability and heavy armament that could well have tilted the balance of air power in the Mediterranean. However like so many good Italian war progammes of the time, the industrial output of these powerful machines never reached any significant numbers to have influenced the final outcome of the war.  Following the Italian Armistice, surviving aircraft were incorporated in the Luftwaffe and ANR, some purportedly having been used in the defense of Romanian oil fields while others were reported to have been in use in the defense of Berlin during the final phases of the war.

Having built Falcons RE.2005 (and converted another Falcon kit into the sole RE.2006), Flying Machines 'Sagittario' is a much easier kit to build by comparison. The overall attention to detail is quite something, of particular note is the realistic depth of the rear tail wheel well (no blanking plate used here!) and the high level of detail found in both the cockpit and the main wheel wells. The time taken working up the wing assembly is time well spent. This involved thinning the trailing edge of the wing parts and the edges of the wheel well aperture, plus sanding down the roof of the resin wheels wells as thin as possible.

One other trick, which I use quite often, is to attach the top wing parts to the fuselage first, offering up the one piece lower wing to maintain correct dihedral and alignment. Only when the glue has set does the lower wing get its dose. This ensures a neat join along the wing fillet. The rest of the model is quick to put together. Two additional tweaks I carried out was to open up the nose gun troughs and to build up the height of the cockpit sills in order to get the canopy to fit.

I used the
WEM Regia Aeronautica ColourCoats line for the colour scheme. The only point of concern was the decals. As I applied them, it seemed to me that some elements were oversized, such as the wing fasce markings and ID numerals. So much so, I was compelled to replace the wing markings. Despite a nice glossy finish to the paint, there was still a bit of silvering.

I kept the aircraft clean. Photos show that they also had quite a high sheen.

This model is by far the best RE.2005 kit produced and really captures the look of what many consider to be Italy's foremost aircraft design of WWII, even though only 49 or so were made.
Technical Data:
Caproni-Reggaine Re.2005
Manufacturer: Officine Meccaniche 'Reggaine' S.p.A. (Caproni)
Year: 1943
Engine: Damiler Benz DB 605A, 12-cyclinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,475hp
36 ft 1 in (11.0 m)
28 ft 8 in (8.73 m)
10 ft 4 in (3.15 m)
7,970 lb (3,610 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed:
421 mph (678 km/h) at 22,800 ft (6,949 m)
39,400 ft (12,000 m)
780 miles (1,250 km)
2 machine guns; 3 x 20mm cannons

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March 24, 2006
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