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HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI Q Qweenie, 128 Sq, RAF, Wyton, England late 1944

by Juan Benitez on December 14, 2017 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

Here is the completed model of HK’s rendition of the Mighty Mosquito B Mk XVI. I have read a number of less than glowing reviews as well as a number of equally glowing reviews on this kit and the truth […]

HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI build Pt. 6

by Juan Benitez on December 6, 2017 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Now the fun part of building, the paint and decaling! I had previously blown up a set of Tamiya color plans to 1/32, and cut frisket masks for the standard Day bomber scheme of Dark green/Ocean gray over Medium sea […]

1/48 Yak-28 by Bobcat

by Juan Benitez on November 29, 2017 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

Just a quick peek at my build of Bobcat’s amazing Yak-28. Just a beautifully molded and detailed kit of this Oh-So-Soviet era “60’s interceptor. This is a Fun kit to build! Just be careful of all the sharp and pointy […]

HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI build Pt. 5

by Juan Benitez on November 22, 2017 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

Now on to the cowls. After assembling the distinctive MkXVI lower cowls, I painted all the cowls to make life easier when applying the paint job, I wouldn’t have to worry so much about masking the landing gear without tearing […]

HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI build Pt. 4

by Juan Benitez on November 22, 2017 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

So after having read the many fine articles in my references and online about how fragile and touchy the main gear assemblies were for this kit I decided to approach these parts very carefully and examine a better way to […]

HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI build Pt. 3

by Juan Benitez on November 17, 2017 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Oh That Wing! Just a short update today. I deviated form the assembly sequence and assembled the wing before anything else, it’s so big it was getting in the way. I assembled it per the instructions, by first adding all […]

HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI build Pt. 2

by Juan Benitez on November 16, 2017 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Before I started work on this plane I went thru the instructions with a fine tooth comb looking for pitfalls and making sure I don’t miss parts or placement. This gave me an idea on how I wanted to proceed. […]

HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI build

by Juan Benitez on November 16, 2017 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

So much has been written/said/shown about the Mossie this plane needs no introduction! The aptly named “Wooden Wonder” did everything it was designed to do…..and a whole lot more. My first exposure to the Mossie was the intro scene of […]

1/32 Dragon P-51D, 360th FS, 356th FG, The Mighty 8th

by Juan Benitez on September 2, 2017 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

This P-51 represents another one of those unsung heroes of WW2, Lt (later Capt) Preston Easley. A West Point graduate, he flew 57 missions in Europe in both P-47’s and P-51’s, and finished the war with a DFC and 5 […]

1/32 Dragon Bf110E of 5.NJG 4, 1942

by Juan Benitez on August 31, 2017 in Aviation -- 33 Comments

The Me Bf110 needs no introduction for most modelers; the distinctive twin tail, twin engines and slender fuselage made for a very handsome looking airplane, albeit one that was a failure in its original intended role of Destroyer in the […]