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Pacific Coast Model Reggiane Re.2005 Sagitterio


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Here is my completed Sagitterio, it took a year to complete, which is terrible, but I did have problems with my hands and eyes which slowed down my normal glacial building speed.

There is not much in the way of AM about for this kit, but as I prefer painting markings I used some Montex masks intended for the MC202 for the national markings.

Apart from being a very attractive looking aircraft I knew very little about the subject when I bought the kit all those years ago.

But this is a summary of its history.

The Re.2005 it was one of the three Series 5 aircraft, all being powered by a licence built DB-605 engine, the Fiat RC 58 Tifone 1,475hp engine.

The three fighters were the Macchi C.205V Veltro, Fiat G.55 Centauro and Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario, none of which were built in large numbers but they were all very capable aircraft.

I found some notes on the operational use of the Re2005 on the internet.

In May of 1943, the first Sagittarios entered service with the Regia Aeronautica. The first prototype and several of the zero series aircraft were used operationally by the 362a Squadriglia, 22o Gruppo at Naples-Capodichino starting in May 1943, being used to defend Rome and Naples.

The squadron had developed a rather daring method of attacking Allied B-17s which involved diving head-on with all guns blazing, then flipping the aircraft over on its back and diving away at the last minute.

The Reggiane had good behaviour in close dogfight and , according to General Minguzzi, who flew both Re 2005 and Spitfire, was even better than the Spit in tight turns and handling.

The aircraft were all new and did not operate for very long so weathering was left alone, which suits me as I am rubbish at it.

The kit itself is a back to basic modelling type build but as with other PCM kits it does deliver in the end.

Paints used were Xtracolor with Humbrol for the detail painting, all mistakes and bodges are mine.

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Cheers

Dennis

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Dennis

Brilliant build - absolutely awesome work. I know, all to well the frustrations and issues you went through as I experienced most myself after going through chemo. Just glad you're OK and back at the bench, 

 

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15 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Dennis

Brilliant build - absolutely awesome work. I know, all to well the frustrations and issues you went through as I experienced most myself after going through chemo. Just glad you're OK and back at the bench, 

 

Thank you Peter, it really feels good to actually finish something, I am determined that I will start doing it more this year.

Cheers

Dennis

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39 minutes ago, Bomber_County said:

Dennis, flawless finish, congrats on a stunning build.

Thank you very much, I'm stunned that I finally finished after one year, must try harder in 2024.

Cheers

Dennis

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4 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

Beautifully done Dennis, it is so pleasing to see unusual subjects being built at this level, Bravo! :unworthy:

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Martin

Thank you very much Martin, sitting here looking at it in my display cabinet is very pleasing, I'm glad that PCM did make so many different subects so I will start researching to build another one probably a Macchi C200.

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Dennis

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Lovely build of a rarely seen kit Dennis. The Italians did build some nice looking aircraft (and a few munters, I'm looking at you Freccia!). Lovely smooth paint job.

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Thank you Gus, as you say the Italians did have some aircraft that showed the Italian flair for all things, the Re2005 is in my opinion one of those.

I do like the unusual, I have built some French early WW2 kits (Azur and SH) and they too are pleasing to the eye.

Cheers

Dennis

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12 hours ago, joeg said:

Hi Denis,

 

a very great and clean build of that fantastic elegant Reggiane. I think I should start mine!

 

Cheers Joachim

Thank you Joachim, go for it, it will be worth it.

Cheers

Dennis

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Brilliant build, Dennis!  I have the same kit and I’ve been giving it the side eye for years.

I know the fun of a PCM build. They can certainly be frustrating at times, but oh wow did you do this proud! 

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12 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

Brilliant build, Dennis!  I have the same kit and I’ve been giving it the side eye for years.

I know the fun of a PCM build. They can certainly be frustrating at times, but oh wow did you do this proud! 

Thank you for those kind words, I was most impressed with the end result myself.

You sure got that one right about PCM kits, some modelling skills and lots of patience required, I'm just starting the PCM C200 at the moment, after building their Hurricane, Tempest, Spitfire IX and the Re2005 one after the other, I'm on a roll.

Keeps me off the streets, anyway.

Cheers

Dennis

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15 hours ago, Spitfire said:

Thank you for those kind words, I was most impressed with the end result myself.

You sure got that one right about PCM kits, some modelling skills and lots of patience required, I'm just starting the PCM C200 at the moment, after building their Hurricane, Tempest, Spitfire IX and the Re2005 one after the other, I'm on a roll.

Keeps me off the streets, anyway.

Cheers

Dennis

And out of jail as well, I assume.  Who ever said this hobby didn’t have positive benefits on our personal lives?

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