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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.

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 Chinese Air Force in 1[...]

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 end r[...]

2 KV’s, 46 years between.

1973. 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 here w[...]

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 photo etc[...]

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 Japane[...]

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 d[...]

I’m baaaaaack, Bronco 1/35 British A-9 Cruiser (Hello, Schultz)

First Model finished in over a year. Got plenty of excuses but you don't want to hear 'em. Been starting them and God knows still buying them, just don't get round to finishing them. Finally got the bug to complete this paragon of British a[...]

I actually finished something….Csaba 39 m

The 39M is a Hungarian armored car of early WW2. The 1/35 scale kit is from Hobby Boss, I never expected to see one of these from a mainstream molder, but it fits nicely in my armored car collection. My kid got it for me on Father's Day, so I fi[...]

Midway Marauder

Saw that Greg Kittinger wants to do a Midway B-26. Here was my interpretation, done a couple of years ago. "Susie-Q" was an early bird with short wings and different tail gun position. Valom had a kit of it, it got crucified by the critics when [...]