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@jebenite1 Juan Benitez

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I am an avid builder of anything BIG….like a Gato sub, or a Type 9 u-boot, or aircraft in 1/32 scale! I mainly specialize in WW2 aircraft but Wingnut Wings have stolen my soul ( WW1 in the air was a passion of my dad’s ). I still dabble in 1/48th and 1/72 subjects when the mood strikes though.

Peter Three Eight! Trumpeter’s 1/32 P-38 Lightning

Much has been written about the P-38 over the decades. One of the USAAF's premier fighters, especially in the Pacific and Asian theaters where long range, heavy armament and tough construction resulted in the USAAF wresting control of the air f[...]

WNW Hansa Brandenburg W12 in 1/32

Designed by the famed Ernst Heinkel in late 1916, the W-12 was developed as a 2-seat patrol and recon seaplane for the German Imperial Navy and gave excellent account of itself in combat with RNAS patrol craft and airships in the North Sea and [...]

100th Anniversary of the RAF: Tamiya’s “Old” 1/48th Spitfire Mk1

Here, on this last day of this group build, I finally sat down to submit this very appropriate addition to the group! Tamiya's first issue Spitfire Mk1, which I bought when it first came out waaaay back in the early 1990's, along with an assort[...]

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

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 as always lays somewhere in between. I'll e[...]

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

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 gray. I washed the plane, let [...]

1/48 Yak-28 by Bobcat

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 parts, the anti-flutter wing[...]

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

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 something up.......[...]

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

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 get these thingies toge[...]

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

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 the inserts that give th[...]

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

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. So I followed the kit steps pretty [...]