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Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete II | Italeri 1:48
Kendzior
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Krakow, Poland
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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 03:08 PM UTC
Hi All,

This time I'd like to share few photos of my recently finished Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete II, in the livery of a machine from 239. Squadriglia, 102. Gruppo, 5. Stormo d’Assalto, stationed at Palata airstrip in February 1944.

The Italeri’s kit does not bear strong resemblance with the actual aircraft (fat wings, strange engine fairings, strange fairing on the fuselage behind the cockpit, on my kit replaced with QB resin part) or finesse of the details (huge “rivets”). Fit of some parts is also quite problematic (especially in the engine area and clear canopy).

However, there is no choice, the only alternative is the same model in the Tamiya’s box. Of course, there are beautiful resin aftermarket sets produced by Vector, thanks to which the model is much closer to the original and gets the higher level of detail, but my goal was different – I wanted to practice reconstitution of the overlapping panels – the characteristic technology used by Reggiane, but also Nakajima, PZL, Grumman … – how it came out, you may judge yourself.

As usual, more photos at my blog.



















Best regards
Hubert
rdt1953
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 03:17 PM UTC
Hubert - nicely done - beautiful paintwork !
Richard
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 05:07 PM UTC
Very nice work indeed! Excellent finish and detailing.

How about some close up photos to allow surface detail to be more visible? That panel overlap sounds interesting but need to see it better

Cheers
Pedro
thegirl
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:05 AM UTC
Now that does look sharp , well done !



Terri
Scrodes
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:13 AM UTC
Bellisimo! (?)


Great looking finish.
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Friday, May 05, 2017 - 05:09 AM UTC
Hubert,
Very nice. Along the fuselage I can see how you applied the overlapping technique.

Gaz
Kendzior
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Krakow, Poland
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Posted: Friday, May 05, 2017 - 10:35 AM UTC
Many thanks for all nice comments, really glad that you like the way it turned out

As for the overlapping panels, few close-ups and under construction shots below:

















The effect was achieved by spraying edges of the panels with Gunze's Surfacer 500 diluted with their Levelling Thinner.

Next as usual, blackbasing with Surfacer 1500 and paints from Italeri and Lifecolor range (well, Italian plane, Italian kit, so Italian paints were a must ).

Best regards
Hubert
magnusf
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Posted: Friday, May 05, 2017 - 12:33 PM UTC
Hubert! Lovely aircraft and a very ambitious build, I've never seen that panel trick before!



Magnus
spiralcity
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Monday, May 08, 2017 - 01:35 PM UTC
Nice work on a very interesting subject.
Removed by original poster on 05/09/17 - 10:29:34 (GMT).
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Monday, May 08, 2017 - 03:29 PM UTC
[quote] I've never seen that panel trick before! [quote]

Same goes for me, very interesting method, with impressive results.
You've made a very eye-catching model from a rather dull camouflage scheme...not many can achieve this

Cheers
Pedro
Kendzior
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Krakow, Poland
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Posted: Monday, May 08, 2017 - 03:50 PM UTC
Many thanks for all so nice comments

The trick isn't my invention, just saw what Bernhard did building his fabulous PZL.37 and couldn't resist trying it.
The same will be applied to my Hayabusas.

Best regards
Hubert