RS Models 1/72 Reggiane Re.2006
Series 6 Fighter
by Philippe Martin


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A prototype (MM.540) of the Re.2006 was almost complete before the September 9, 1943 armistice with a planned top speed of 750 kph (466 mph), heavily armed with 2 x 0.50 calibre (12.7mm) MGs and 3 x 20mm cannons and powered by the DB.603, the Re.2006 would have been the fastest fighter of the period.

In 1942, the Ministero dell'Aeronautica assessed the potential of converting operational Italian fighters then equipped with radial engines (R-Programme) as well as the second series planes (C.202, Re.2001 powered by the DB.601) into a new series of more advanced aircraft powered by the Daimler-Benz DB.605, a 12-cylinder, liquid-cooled V engine, developing approximatelty 1,475 hp.

With this in mind the Reggiane Re.2006 was developed in parallel with the Re.2005 which, together with Fiat G.55 and Macchi MC.205, gave rise to the "Series 5" Italian fighters, using the Fiat 1050 RC.58I Tifone, the Italian built DB.605 licensed version. Initial copies of the licensed built version of the DB.605 developed only 1,375 hp because of materials substitution and varying fuel quality, however this was corrected in subsequent copies.

Given the success achieved by the "Series 5" planes and with the aim of achieving a further increase in performance, Italian manufacturers examined the possibility of mating these planes with the Daimler-Benz DB.603 engine, capable of generating 1,750 hp in what was to become the "Series 6" fighters (G.56, C.206/7, Re.2006). On May 9, 1943 Reggiane obtained orders for the construction of two prototypes (MM.540 and MM.541).

Work began the same year, however the development program was delayed and finally cancelled by German authorities following the Italian armistice. However the designer, Ing. Antonio Alessio, dispatched the only prototype under construction to a different location (MM.540 which, due to the unavailability of the DB.603 remained engineless) in order to avoid further interference and work again resumed under German control in 1944.

In October 1944, Caproni dispatched the MM.540 to Taliedo and on October 12, 1944, the prototype arrived at its new location and remained there to the end of the war.

Following the end of the war in 1946, allied authorities ordered the aircraft destroyed but was instead transferred to the Politecnico di Milano which requested the plane for study and instructional purposes.









Construction

There weren't any significant assembly difficulties with this kit, however some parts were a little too big such as the supercharger intake and the propeller hub. The kit supplied propeller for this version is wrong, its too big and turns upside down and must be replaced completely. Strangely the instructions provide no option for the only true color scheme the plane was painted in, namely an anti-corrosion yellow. Moving parts such as the elevators and ailerons were painted in the type F-1 scheme (VOS2+GAC1).



Technical Data

Aircraft: Caproni-Reggiane Re. 2006
Manufacturer: Officine Meccaniche 'Reggiane' S.p.A. (Caproni)
Type: Fighter
Year: 1943
Engine: Daimler Benz DB 603A, 12-cylinder V, liquid cooled, 1,750hp
Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
Length: 32 ft 2 in (9.8 m)
Height: 12 ft 4 in (3.75 m)
Weight: 8,708 lb (3,950 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 466 mph (750 km/h) at 26,250 ft (8,000 m)
Ceiling: 39,370 ft (12,000 m)
Range: 684 miles (1,100 km)
Armament: 2 x 12.7 mm SAFATs (0.5 in), 3 x 20mm MG 151/20 canons
Crew: 1

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