Ronald Sanctuary built this 1/144 scale Beechcraft V35B Bonanza with tarmac base. Ron’s 1/144 scale airplanes are all scratch built using castings. Some of the castings come from other modelers, such as those made by Donald Schmenk, while others are carved and cast by Ron himself. He has also built a variety of different vehicles in other scales, such as 1/87 scale cars and boats.

Ron has been involved in aviation for most of his career, either as a pilot or instructor, for both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. He became interested in building models in the early 60s. Each of his models have full interiors (even for aircraft where you can’t see the interior). He begins by hollowing out the fuselage then adds in the interior details—from instrument panels and flight controls to passenger seating and galleys. Every detail (landing gear, props, antennas, windows, seats, instrument panels, controls, etc.) is handmade and installed in the proper orientation for the aircraft being modeled, taking about 3 months per model to complete.

Exhibit added: February 21, 2018 - Last modified: April 27, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship