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|Title and Author
||Reggiane Re 2006 - A True Story
by Alessandro Barteletti
||Soft cover, 128 pages plus covers,
colour and b&w photos
||USD$18.95 from Pacific
||English and Italian text; ample
detail of prototype and photographs of components; technical drawings;
||Single example produced - somewhat
esoteric subject. Limited opportunties to model the subject.
|| Recommended for Regia Aeronautica
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The recent release of several mainstream and limited-run Italian WWII
aircraft models has rekindled a broad interest in aircraft of the Regia
One aircraft that has not had much exposure is the Reggiane Re 2006.
Re 2006 was intended to be the ultimate Reggiane fighter, powered by the DB603
engine. One prototype was built, but it never flew and was never photographed.
Jerry Boucher has assembled the details of the aircraft and created a "virtual
colourised" image of the sleek Re 2006 for the cover of the book.
Alessandro Barteletti's book comprises 128 page. Text is presented in both
Italian and English on alternate facing pages. Despite the scarcity of resources
and records, the author has assembled enough data and documents to put forward
his ideas about the aircraft. The text is supported by first-hand accounts of
key figures who were associated with the single Re 2006 prototype. A further
chapter explains the delays and frustrations associated with obtaining the DB603
Surprisingly, despite the lack of photographs of the real aircraft, two 1/72
scale models have been released. One is from a company called "Old Wings" (the
name probably loses something in the translation) and the other from Polish
firm, "RS Models". Both kits are resin. The book describes the contents of the
kits and makes some observations about potential colours and markings.
An Appendix comprising extracts from the Italian document, "Directives for
the Planning of New Prototypes" completes this book.
The pages are scattered with photographs, line drawings, technical document
facsimiles and a few colour profiles.