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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.

2014 IPMS USA Nats Hampton Virginia – Pics

Here are some of the entries at this year’s IPMS USA Nats gathering. A well run smooth show, very large venue, I heard something on the order of 4500 entries. The pictures in this installment show mostly airplanes and props at that, stuff tha[...]

Made It! Gladiator finished on last day. Well almost….

No longer a work in progress, The Silver Wing's 1/32 Gloster Sea Gladiator is ready to take to Virginia and the Nationals. Everything is done, all the little details, EXCEPT for the antennas. These will be left off to finish down there, as they [...]

Deja Vu all over again…49th FG P-40N

Saw Ralph's model, and said hey that looks familiar. This is the Hasegawa 1/48 version, decals came from an aftermarket sheet, sorry I don't recall the maker. They do look sweet in NMF too bad the P-40Q didn't catch on....

Last of the V8 Interceptors…. Aoshima 1/24 Mad Max 2

One of my favorite Moving pictures has been Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior. I saw this one in '81 when it came out, and was bowled over with the nasties, machines, a young Mel Gibson at full tough, and overall atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic Austr[...]

Modeling for FUN? Are you crazy? My Kid’s Emily flying boat.

Well I forget how long ago it was, must be 10 years ago, I bought my then 15 year old kid a Hasegawa Emily I found cheap while browsing the LHS. He always liked flying boats since he caught my modeling bug early on. Problem is this kit is OLD an[...]

Arizona trip-Flying Spads and Bristols…

Howdy campers, here's some shots of my brother's R/C aircraft in their natural element. The scene is a club flying field in the expanse of the Sonoran Desert just outside Tucson. The Spad 13 is 1/6, a highly modified kit and the Bristol 1/8, IIR[...]

Modeling on vacation-the Arizona experience

Just flew in from Tucson, Arizona, and boy, are my arms tired. Went out there to visit my brother and his wife, and of course, had to find a way to work models into it. Can't survive a week without the glue, as you all well know. My sonny-son Ky[...]

For December 7th

The day all Hell broke loose, and changed the lives of millions. This 1/32 Special Hobby P-36 represents one of the few U.S. machines to gain the air that morning. Lt. Phil Rasmussen managed to take off (legend says still in his pajamas) and kno[...]

Good idea, Tom, for the USMC’s birthday…

what better representative than the defenders of Wake Island. An epic defense if there ever was one, Wake's Marines were the only ones to successfully repel an island invasion. A big part was the fierce attacks of the island's few F4F Wildcats. [...]

Special Hobby 1/32 Fiat G-50

Here it is, SH's newest big scale offering, Fiat's first monoplane. Some may say it is,ah, lacking in pulchritude (how about THAT one?) but it grew on me as I built it and now I think she is bellissimo. Not too hard a build, the tough part being[...]