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@billkoppos Bill Koppos

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65 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 am a mechanic by trade, for the famous Village of Amityville, Long Island. (Yep, the “Amityville Horror” place). Married 38 years to a lovely long-suffering woman and have one 32-year old kid, who builds better models than me.

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[...]

Imitation-sincerest form of flattery?

When the invading Wehrmacht encountered the Soviet union's T-34 tank for the first time, panic ensued. Here was a monster that deflected anti-tank rounds with ease, with mud-beating wide tracks, high mileage diesel power, and a nice long 7.62 mm[...]

French metal-Tamiya Somua S-35

The new kit from Tamiya, as usual a beauty. Built out of the box, including the figure.(Which I did no justice to). Perfect fit and snap together track links make this an easy one. The most work went into masking the color scheme, representing t[...]

to exhaustion….

Missed Battle of Britain Day by one, but I dredged up this OLD build, and attempt to create a scene. Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane, 303 (Polish) squadron decals. Wow 75 years, salute to all who persevered through it, military and civilian.

On to Berlin!

Adding to Maxim Bylkin' "theme" I dredged up this old biscuit. It's a 1/72 Dragon T-34-85 with "bedspring" armor. The bedsprings were actually metal grids with brackets welded up as early stand-off armor, to defeat Panzerfausts, the terror of ur[...]

It’s not to late… to Whippet… Whippet good…

Sorry my Devo is showing. My first finished model in a while is Emhar's old 1/35 Whippet, a Christmas gift from my kid. A British WW1 "exploitation" "tank", this was designed to be the fast vehicle to drive thru holes punched in the line by the [...]

Oh Boy, a treat for you! Dredging up BoB and BoF oldies…

Too lazy to build new for the group build but I sure do have subjects that fit. Do need more though, a Stuka is absent from my shelves, and really need a Curtiss French Hawk.