Reggiane was set up by the Caproni company to build aircraft under license. They started production of their own aircraft when ing. Longhi returned from the USA. Their first design, the RE.2000, is a close copy of the Seversky P.35 ing. Longhi worked on while in America. All subsequent Reggianes showed a logical evolution of this design that culminated in the sublime RE.2005, considered by many as the supreme Italian fighter aircraft. They now build cranes and lifting devices!

RE.2000. A sound aircraft that lost out to the G.50 and C.200 in selection trails, probably because of its advanced fueling system. Most were exported to Sweden, but a few were held back when the Air Ministry realised they had a shortage of aircraft in its inventory! This aircraft is well served in 1/72. The elderly inaccurate Supermodel kit, which has since resurfaced as a ‘re-tooled’ Italeri kit, is best ignored. MPM, through their Special Hobby brand, released a wide range of types, including the  Serie 1, Heja 1 & Serie III. All are based in the same tooling and are as good as we can expect in this scale, with an incredible level of cockpit detail that even surpasses some 1/48 models. Although Italeri’s re-tooled Supermodel RE.2000 kit has improved engraved panel detail, no effort has been made to correct the dimensions of the kit, in particular the severely undersized cowling and therefore reduced diameter of the fuselage. Excellent quality models in 1/48 are the Italian Classic resin kit and Classic Airframe kit, even though they will be hard to source. There is a very useful Aviolibri guide (IBN Editore No.6) on how to get the most out of the RE.2000, written by Maurizio de Terlizzi.

RE.2001. Alitaliane produced a range of 1/72 scale resin kits of indifferent quality, including the Delta engined variant, all seemingly based on the elderly Supermodel 1/72 kit. All now are OOP. All too briefly, the RE.2001 appeared in 1/48th from E.P. Originals as a high quality resin kit that was well worth it's high purchase price. Classic Airframe also produced a very nice 1/48th scale multi-media kit which sold out very quickly. Supply is very limited in all scales for this aircraft, although Sword have released two very good looking 1/72 kits, including the Caccia Notturna version. Ali d'Italia have printed a very good reference book for this aircraft.

RE.2002. Just like the RE.2001, this aircraft is rare in kit form. The E.P. Originals 1/48 resin kit was, at one time, only decent model available but has been OOP for some time now. The Supermodels RE.2002 1/72 kit shows its age and although Alitaliane produced a 1/48 resin kit of RE.2002, it disappeared all too quickly. Italeri have since released a 1/48th scale kit but, despite including a useful reference booklet, the model appears to have major problems, with cowling, spinner and serious cockpit spine shape errors. Quickboost produced a corrected spine and Vector Resin have released various correct sets. Sword have produced a good looking injection moulded 1/72 kit as part of its Reggiane range.

RE.2003. The RE.2003 was intended for the reconnaissance role. One prototype was built, based on an RE.2002 that was fitted out with a tandem cockpit and glazing. RS Models produced a very disappointing 1/72 resin kit and is OOP, so will not be missed. Both Special Hobby and AZ Models released better multimedia kits, but they are based on the RE.2000. The AZ Models kit has delicate, restrained panel detail although the SH kit has superior cockpit detail. Of the two, I'd favour the AZ Models kit.

RE.2004. The RE.2004 was an unfinished RE.2001 prototype powered by a 24 cylinder Zeta X engine. It was abandoned in favour of the RE.2005. Was once available as an Italian WIngs 1/72 resin kit.

RE.2005. A very popular subject for both kit maker and modeller alike. A very fast machine which had that perfect blend of grace and power. Pavla released an accurate 1/72 injection multi-media kit, although most of the resin parts, especially the wheel wells, were a poor fit. Cunarmodel, Dujin and LF Models have also produced 1/72 resin kits of variable quality. Both RS Models & Sword have released 1/72 kits of good quality. In 1/48 scale, Falcon produced a vac-form kit which they subsequently re-released as a limited run, low-pressure injection kit that required some modelling skill to overcome the crude moulding technology. Flying Machines released a superb 1/48 multi media injection kit, using resin detail parts. It is extremely accurate and highly recommended. Another good choice is the Pacific Coast Models 1/32 injection moulded kit, also with resin and photo etch detail parts. I had a small part to play in this kit, being responsible for the decal sheet artwork.

RE.2006. A popular ‘what-if’ subject. The RE.2006 was a highly secret project, where a RE.2005 was taken from the production line and re-designed to fit around the very powerful DB 603 engine. It was scrapped before it ever got a chance to fly. Available in 1/72 from RS Models as a limited run injection kit. I used a 1/48 Falcon kit as a basis for an RE.2006 conversion project.

RE.2007. The RE.2007 is a bit of a mystery. It's most likely designation was for a two seater mail plane, for which a wooden wind tunnel model was made. The OOP resin 1/72 RS Models RE.2007 jet fighter should only be considered as pure conjecture.