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@billkoppos Bill Koppos

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66 years of age, Modeling since birth. Do planes, armor, have a ship started. World War 2 is main interest but will stray back in time, never forward. Competition shooting, collecting Military rifles, and reading History occupy the non-modeling time. I was a mechanic by trade, now retired and loving it. Married 39 years to a lovely long-suffering woman and have one 33-year old kid, who builds better models than me.

Charles Mcgee, Tuskegee and 332 F.G. hero, dies at 102.

Charles Mcgee fits the title "Superhero" much better than any comic book character. I won't get long winded, just post the AP article which sums up his story OK. And his P-51B "Kitten", named for his Wife. Once tough, [...]

M3 Medium, General Lee goes to Russia. 1/35 Takom

When the United States was dragged into the Big one, everybody started to yell for help from the giant U.S. manufacturing colossus. Problem was, the colossus was not quite geared up yet with sufficient weaponry to send. We did send what [...]

First one of the Year. Polish 7TP 1/35 scale IGB.

Well how 'bout that? I finished a model. As it says, first finished this year. I have many going, but getting them done, is another story. I have always liked the looks and color scheme of this puppy. The 7TP was Poland's heavy hitter, a [...]

Curtiss glory daze…Hawk 75 China 1937

Haven't done much lately so I'll bore you with an oldie from 2012. Special Hobby 1/32 Hawk 75 converted to resemble the "Hawk 75 demonstrator" that Madame Chiang Kai Shek of China bought for Claire Chennault, leader of the [...]

Year in review. The year to forget 2020.

Finally got some Modeling Mojo, for a bad reason. Was not working during the original Covid lockdown, so I actually built some models. Amazing how much more energy one has when he is not getting up at 5:00 5 days. So I actually have a year [...]

2 KV's, 46 years between.

18 year old Bill finally gets his driver license. You know, I don't even remember how I acquired model kits prior to this. When we lived in Queens (New Yawk) there was a local hardware store (Vics) that had kits. The one I think about was [...]

Hasegawa 1/32 Kawanishi Shiden-Kai. From the Empire Of Japan Group Build.

Felina! (recognize that, Breaking Bad people?) Best finale ever from the best show ever. Anyway this is my finale, less spectacular for sure, but the Shiden-Kai is done. Hasegawa makes it so easy to do a nice looking model. Only screw-ups [...]

70’s vintage Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-43 Hayabusa

Finished 15 years after her purchase is this 1/32 Hasegawa Ki-43-II Hayabusa. The old Hase kit is really showing it's age, but now that I did all this work to this one, i'm sure a new tool release is not far off. It came with an Eduard [...]

Babs, harbinger of doom

If in Spring 1942 one of these was sighted over your base, it meant hell was coming to breakfast. The C5M2 was only made in small numbers and was used for a short time, but it was part of a deadly system. The land based Kokutais Of the [...]

First airplane since 2016?

Yep turns out tis true. Last aircraft post here was the Airfix Defiant in October 2016. Wow. Anyway, here she is, Trumpeter's fairly new 1/32 P-40F. I waited a while for a P-40F and greeted the Trumpeter with mixed reviews. Surface detail [...]