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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.

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.

My version of a big Japanese girl…

J2M3 Raiden, Hasegawa's new 1/32 effort, done last year. A marvelous kit, a real box-shaker. Built OOB, spent more time on the cockpit "good luck doll' than the paint job. Looking forward muchly to Hasegawa's upcoming NIK2 Shiden hopefully later[...]

It will never fly…….. Koppos Favorite # 2….

I always have been interested in the North African campaigns, WW2. The vehicles involved just hit me, and the way they get covered in their environment makes fun modeling. A tank I've always wanted in kit form came out last year. As weird as it[...]

Gone but not forgotten…Colorful Curtiss…

For something different, I built this Classic Airframes 1/48 Cuban Hawk. A true representative of 1930's color. This airplane had an interesting history, being flown by an American acrobatic pilot in the employ of the Cuban Airforce. It was my o[...]

The wait is over for Bill Koppos’s Third-favorite model…..

of all time....so far. I never said it had to be one of my best models, just a favorite. The P-40 happens to be my favorite airplane so it's appropriate. It is the first model since my return to the hobby I considered "pretty good" and just alw[...]