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@billkoppos Bill Koppos

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64 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, riding my Harley and reading History occupy the non -modeling time. I am a mechanic by trade, for the famous Village of Amityville, Long Island.(Yep, the “Amityville Horror” place). Married 37 years to a lovely long-suffering woman and have one 30-year old kid, who builds better models than me.

Saab Story J21 pusher fighter

Pilot Replica's first and only release, a 1/48 Swedish Saab J21 twin-boom pusher. Actually My son Kyle built this one, I be just the poster boy. He reports it to be a pretty good build, complaints being a split wing seam and locator holes that a[...]

Mini theme, one of each….

Celebrate diversity,,, Boat (undawatta) car figger tank plane snowspeeder (try to categorize this one). Of course in 4 out of 6 categories I have only one. But I was looking at the new Polar Lights "Wizard of Oz" set but since I found out it's [...]

December iModeler prize received

I made real sure to dig a nice clear path through the 24 inches of snow for the mailman for just this occasion. Arriving today was my selected kit for the December awards, Tamiya's new M4E8 Sherman. Having recently seen "Fury" combined with the [...]

China bird…The last biplane Hawk

The Osprey "Aircraft of the aces" series of booklets has caused me lots of inspiration (and work) over the years, and the new release #126 "Aces of the Republic of China Airforce" is the latest. For years I intended to convert Hasegawa's 1970 Cl[...]

All the other kids are doing it…my 2015’s

Not many, just not as much energy last year. But I seem to have had a resurgence at year's close, so....Several cool new kits were released toward the second half of 2015 which helped...I would call Tamiya's Somua "kit of the year" the end [...]

Work benches, eh?

I challenge thee, iModelers, to show me a sloppier more disorganized bench. The saving grace to this IKEA unit is the tabletop folds up, and having 5 cats and a kitten (model destroyers) in the house, it must be folded when not in use. So I am F[...]

Have 3 Rolls’s now-watch out Leno…

Finally found the pattern 1914 version of Roden's 1/35 scale Rolls Royce armored car. (Or as Roden says, "British" armored car, liscensing, you know). This one I think is really slick because it has spoked wheels and a low-profile turret, plus a[...]

If it looks like a Turtle…

So it will be nicknamed. The Skoda PA-11 was a Czech design from the interwar years. For it's history see here: As far as the kit, it's Takom's new 1/35 release and it's a fun one. It goes together fairly easily, just needing some fiddling and[...]

Left handed modelling…BR 20 armored car.

October 29 was not a good day for yours truly. Mr. graceful managed to break his right shoulder pretty good. The right wing is going to be in a sling for a long time. Not normally a TV watcher I did a lot of that then decided that's enough of th[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 49th FG P-40N

P-40's being my fave airplane, the 49th being my fave group, a perfect combo. I always had large interest in the 49th's activities, which covered a lot of War and a lot of square miles. They flew the P-40 in various marks for a long time and wer[...]