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1/72 Sword Reggiane Re.2000 GA

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Here is my Reggiane Re.2000 from the Sword kit. Overall an OK kit, fit wasn't too bad though fitting the engine in the cowling was a pain. Pretty much OOB, though I did risk cutting open and thinning the canopy (after first checking a vacform replacement was available!

 

Supplied decals are TechMod ... which I have a love/hate relationship with ... beautifully printed and very thing, not a hint of silvering, which could have been a real problem with the clear areas on the national insignia. But a real pain to apply - all too easy to fold one over on itself, which is pretty much unrecoverable. Density is pretty good, though I wish now I had opted to paint the cross on the rudder.

 

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Of course the real interest in making this one was the paint job. After looking for usable images and artwork, I tried to emulate Schema A from the Stormo colour guide 

 

Attempt no 1 was to freehand it with an airbrush, but I just couldn't get the feathering tight enough ... I think it needs to have a harder edge than say a Luftwaffe mottle. Attempt no 2 had me using green as the base colour, then using blutak to mask out the green mottles, then repeat for the maroon. This worked a bit better, but the spacing wasn't right. I found it hard to visualise how much space to leave in the first round of masking. So attempt no 3, I added ALL the mottle masks, then removed those marked red, sprayed, the reapplied the 2nd colour mask

 

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Here it is with all blu tack applied. The red blobs were removed, and maroon paint applied. Then the red blobs stuck back on and final yellow coats added.

 

I think the mottling should have been denser, but by then I'd had enough!

 

The red cowling was a bit of a conundrum. The Sword instructions called for a 'dark red', but I could find no reference to this in the usual sources. In the end I went for Japanese hinomaru red which, based on no evidence whatsoever, looks right to my eyes!

 

All paints are Colourcoats.

 

Cheers,

 

Colin

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That was definitely labor intensive! That red cowling sure negates the intricate camouflage! Nice model. Kit engine too big to fit inside the cowling?

Mike

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Great result. You have some patience with the mottling! It's always a difficult choice isn't it? You are determined to go free hand with the airbrush but it's so difficult. I think in this case after 2 attempts i would have resorted to the hairy stick! Haha. Lovely end result though 👍

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20 minutes ago, 72modeler said:

Kit engine too big to fit inside the cowling?

No - more that the location was extremely vague - I think as Sword suggest it, the engine would sit too far back in the cowling. Hard to get a good attachment. In fact engine broke free while trying to attach the prop. fun and games re-fixing it without spoiling everything!

 

Cheers,

Colin

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Very neat model and kudos for the camouflage! I don't think that I'd have thought of your clever (and work intensive) solution.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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