The Re2005 along with the Fiat G.55 and Macchi 205 were the three best fighters made by Italy during WW2 and could certainly compete in combat with late Merlin Spitfires and Mustangs. The Re2005 was the most advanced of the three and less than 50 had been made by the time Italy surrendered in 1943. Both German and Allied test pilots praised the aircraft highly (one British pilot rated it better than the Bf109G and Macchi 205) and the Germans even used several captured ones themselves. It had a licence built DB605 engine (same as the Bf109G) and could reach 390mph, although when the Germans tested it with a German built DB605 engine, it exceeded 400mph. It was also well armed with three German MG151 20mm cannons and two Italian 12.7mm heavy machine guns. As there was so few of them made, it saw limited action and none survive today.
This is Sword’s model of the Re 2005. Sword is a manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. The kit is injection moulded in plastic and the level of detail is excellent with engraved panel lines and raised detail for the fabric covered areas of the plane. In my opinion this kit could make an excellent model in the hands of an experienced modeller. There are 3 different options for markings, 2 Italian and 1 Luftwaffe.