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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.

Zero from Zuikaku….

Just finished, Hasegawa's venerable 1/48 Zero A6M2. This is the newest boxing, Zero "Super Ace" that features a resin figure, of Testuzo Iwamoto, supposedly the 2nd highest scorer of the IJN. This guy flew from China to War's end. 3 planes he fl[...]

Airfix early Spit…

When this kit first came out I was happy to get an early model Spit with a two blader, my favorite version. It turned out to be kind of toylike, "soft" looking somehow. I dunno maybe my head is soft. The "straight" canopy lid provided had an arm[...]

Yay! Half a day today. Figured I’d post one up…Pac Coast Hurricane I….

Fabric wing model 1/32 scale. To me the early Hurricanes are the best looking-that pointy nose just does it. The Pacific Coast kit is pretty good, the only big issue being poor wing fit. It has a real good interior, nice surface detail and shape[...]

OK here it is, the wait is over for Bill Koppos’s Favorite model…and the winner is…

Special Hobby's 1/32 scale Brewster Buffalo Mark I. Ta Da! (Cue Fireworks...) The maligned Brewster has always been a fascination of mine-why, I'm not sure. I like the looks, the barrel shape, different landing gear, cool glasshouse canopy. For[...]

Thought the Wildcat thing petered out, eh? My Kid’s F4F-3….

Hobbyboss 1/48 F4F-3 "Early" built by my son, Kyle a while ago. I happen to think Hobby Boss really got this one right, and it really looks spiffy in the early wargames scheme. If I recall this one was a kit provided scheme. Looks cool with a tu[...]

You KNOW I gotta throw down on this Wildcat thing…

but it's gonna be 1/32.....Trumpeter's F4F-3 "early". Built this one as a Wake Island defender, before there was Silver Wing decals, by patching together available stuff. Engine is wired, gun bays detailed and I had to cast my own smooth-tread t[...]

Gotta keep up with the Seitz’s…1/48 P-40’s I got….

start with this'un, a 57th FG "Scorpion", a Hasegawa "K". I believe the pilot's name was Overcash, a successful Ace. Turns out this decal sheet I used was not entirely accurate, but the skull is still cool. This Sand over Olive Drab scheme is f[...]

Mr. Churchill’s tank…AFV Club 1/35 Infantry escort….

After TONS of fiddling I'm calling this done (except of course for the commander figure I'm still fooling with). AFV Club's Churchill namesake is a great kit. When I saw the boxart of this new release, festooned with spare track link "armor", I [...]

After seeing Traas’s immaculate workbench in the article below…

Just figure I would throw mine in for comparison....hmmmmm. No I'm not proud of it. Also included are a couple of views from my climate controlled painting area, which explains my propensity for one-color armor building during the winters. I gu[...]

OK, Mr. Foster, I’ll “Verse” ya with my Buetpanzer…

Built this number on accounna I liked the colors in the captured camo scheme. It's the 1/72 Emhar Mk. IV "Male" on my 5-minute western front. That's my backyard in the distance. The 1/35 in on sale at my LHS. Hmmmm BTW I like your Western front too.