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Guillermo Rojas Bazan


Guillermo Rojas Bazan is one of world most famous professional scale modelers. His models adorn aviation museums and private collections in many countries around the Globe. Photos and articles about his models have been published in modelling and general interest magazines as well as in the web, evoking the admiration of modelers all over the world.

The person who initiated his interest in modelling, which evolved from the youth hobby to the profession was his father. He himself was a modeler known in Buenos Aires, Argentina, building metal models, which were once popular in the local press. No wonder, that Guillermo brought up in such a modelling environment developed a desire to follow his father's footsteps. He built his first model in the age of 8. It was a cardboard fully scratched Martin B-10!

As was to be seen in the future Guillermo inherited from his father excellent manual talents and artistic skills. His later models were better and better and the range of materials used broadened. He used various species of wood, metals and finally reached for aluminium alloys which are currently his favourite material.

1981 marked a breakthrough in his career. He sold his first model then and was soon employed in Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica as a graphic artist, designer and builder of airplane models. Almost simultaneously he was granted a contract from Instituto Aeronaval to build a collection of models illustrating the development of Argentinian naval aviation. All those models - 87 of them in 40th scale, are in permanent exhibition in the Museo Naval de la Nación.

Model collection in Museo Naval de la Nacion. Vickers Viking from this collection

In 1988 Guillermo emigrated from Argentina to Europe and resided in Spain. In that period he began a colaboration with art galleries from London which ordered models for serious European and USA collectors.

In 1990 he met and later married Argentine-born Clarissa, who was living and working in Israel as a social worker. The couple soon emigrated to the USA and settled down with their son Roy in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Guillermo Rojas Bazan has already built numerous various aircraft and helicopter models in the scale ranging between 1/72 to 1/10. Among them are models built in 1994-2009 for Fine Art Models used as patterns for the production of high class limited model series for collectors.

Currently he specialises in the construction of very true miniature copies of propeller driven aircraft from the 1925-1945 period. They are built mostly from aluminium sheets of various thickness using very carefully analysed documentation including factory manuals and drawings as well as photos of prototypes. In every case he aims at the realism of his models and to this end he applies methods as close to the original production technique as possible. For instance, the aluminium surface of the models is formed panel after panel. He also uses thermal treatment of aluminium sheets and hand made riveting. If possible he avoids painting effects aimed at imitation of surface shading and details. If the situation requires he also uses fabric for the sections where real aircraft were covered with it. Many of his models have various mechanised elements like ailerons, flaps, elevators and rudders controlled from the cockpit as well as electric installation for navigation lights, etc.

Due to the precision of Guillermo's models one can get an impression that they were built using a sophisticated equipment for metal forming. Quite contrary - it comes out that the only electric gear he uses in his modelling workshop is a compressor for airbrushing! He does not use any aftermarket detailing sets so popular nowadays. All his models are originally hand made scratch.

He likes to work at night because, as he puts it, night allows for a full concentration, necessary in such precise operations. For 9 year his cat pet Mishi was his companion and he devoted to her a warm memory section in his website.

The newest models built by Guillermo Rojas Bazan feature precision of much higher standard than typical models found in museum collections. They are true copies of real aircraft, build as the prototypes with full internal structure and equipment. An emotional opinion expressed by Mike Knepper - the author of one of many articles published in the world press devoted to Bazan's models points it out perfectly:

These models are fine art, requiring the same level of skill necessary to create a museum-quality painting or sculpture. Some might scoff that they´re ¨just model airplanes,¨ but that´s like saying Mozart´s strings quartets are ¨nice tunes.¨ We´re talking the Mozart of modeling here.

One more, equally spectacular opinion was heard from a former pilot flying P-51 Mustang when he saw the model:

It´s like looking at the real aircraft through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars.

1/15 scale North American P-51D Mustang

The curator of aviation model section from National Air and Space Museum in Washington having seen Bazan's masterpieces regretted

Where was Guillermo when we were asked to make a model for President Bush? (it concerned the model of Grumman TBM Avenger from San Jacinto carrier flown by George H. W. Bush during WW2)

His models were considered the world best by United States Air Force Museum, Model Department of Auction House Christie and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Faculty of University of Notre Dame among others.

Models built by Guillermo Rojas Bazan arouse the admiration of Polish modellers visiting his website. Thanks to the courtesy of their creator, who made the photos available to us, we can now present some of them to the Polish public.

Details of 1/15 scale Ju 87B


1/24 scale Stearman PT-17 with an electrical system that operates the navigation lights and prop, and fully functional controls in both cockpits



1/15 scale Boeing B-17G Sleepy Time Gal


1/15 scale North American B-25J Mitchell in natural aluminium



1/15 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E


1/15 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G



1/15 scale Messerschmitt Bf 110C



1/15 scale Vought F4U-1 Corsair with operating ailerons, elevator and rudder control by stick and pedals from the cockpit; an electrical system that operates the propeller, navigation, landing, identification and cockpit lights as well as workable wing flaps, cowling flaps and folding wings



1/15 scale Focke Wulf Fw 190A and Focke Wulf Fw 190D



1/15 scale Junkers G24





1/15 scale Vought OS2U Kingfisher



1/15 scale Loockheed P-38 Lightning




1/15 scale Curtiss P-40B with details of its engine Allison V-1710-33




1/15 scale Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless



The newest model built by Guillermo Rojas Bazan - 1/15 scale Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero with Nakajima Sakae 12 engine


Polish text: Andrzej Ziober

Translation: Przemysław Litewka

Photos with captions: Guillermo Rojas Bazan