Modeling by Juan Benitez

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

by Juan Benitez on September 2, 2017 in Aviation -- 15 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 […]

Building a Better Hornet….Improving Classic Airframe’s DH Hornet in 1/48th

by Juan Benitez on February 22, 2017 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

I’ve always been intrigued by the lines of this plane, sleek and muscular at the same time. While not used in great numbers due to the rapid pace of jet powerplant development it saw extensive use in the battle against […]

Soviet Seagull: The Beriev Be-12 Chaika in 1/72nd scale

by Juan Benitez on February 15, 2016 in Aviation -- 19 Comments

The Beriev Be-12 Chaika (Seagull) is an amphibious aircraft designed for antisubmarine warfare, maritime recon and rescue, and are now being used for fire fighting. It is a successor to the Be-6 “Madge” and first entered service with the Soviet […]

Republic P-47D “I Wanted Wings/ Stalag Luft III/ Button Nose” in 1/32nd Scale

by Juan Benitez on November 6, 2015 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

It’s been over a year since my first few posts so I have some catching up to do! We moved to a new larger home so I have a much more roomy hobby room, and as a result I can […]

P-40N-5 LuluBelle of the Burma Banshees 1/32

by Juan Benitez on July 12, 2014 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

Over the past few days I noticed that the venerable P-40 has been coming out of the woodwork, and some mighty fine works too! This one is the second one in my collection and one of my personal favorites. These […]

Trumpeter AVG Tomahawk 1/32

by Juan Benitez on July 3, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

I couldn’t help but notice a P-40 theme in the last few posts, so I am compelled to add my own rendition of this noble bird to this site! This is the Hobbycraft boxing of Trumpeter’s P-40B/Hawk 81A2 Tomahawk done […]

HobbyBoss F-84E 31st FG in 1/32 scale

by Juan Benitez on July 2, 2014 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

I’m from Ohio, born on Wright-Patterson AFB and on of my earliest memories is one of me at an Armed Forces Day airshow, sitting in the cockpit of an F-84 with a huge 50’s style flight helmet plopped on my […]

1/32 Bf 109G-6 of 8./Jg1, 1944

by Juan Benitez on June 3, 2014 in Aviation -- 25 Comments

Here is the kit that got my on my large-scale building bing, the mighty Hasegawa 109G-6! I built this kit very soon after it came out back in 2002 and is still in my collection, along with 2 others I’ve […]

Me 262A-2b 2/Kg51 1/32 Trumpeter

by Juan Benitez on May 28, 2014 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

Much has been written about the Me 262, and almost as much has been written about Trumpeter Models! Just about evrything I’ve read about the Big T’s Me 262 have been positive, and after having built this kit I’ll add […]