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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.

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 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[...]

Trying to keep the sharks coming….

Hasegawa P-40M. 1/48 scale. I think this is one of the meaner looking mouths. 112 Squadron, Italy 1943.Resin seat and wheels added. Pilot from old Tamiya Buffalo kit.

So we’re getting toothy are we……my Shark week entry….

Hasegawa's 1/32 P-40E, done up as Colonel Robert Scott's first mount in the CBI theatre. She's pretty much Out of the box except for etched seat harnesses and elastic brake lines. I had to remove the excess windshield frame on the left side of t[...]

Fill ‘er up…1/48 Hasegawa Ki-44 gets gassed.

I had built the 1/48 Isuzu petrol truck with the Ki-45 Kawasaki "Nick" it came with, and thought it would work well with the Shoki too. So I set up this quick scene using a generic base, a couple of drums and a bicycle from an Eduard japanese gr[...]

As promised…No. 4 of my favorite Five…..1/32 Sparrowhawk…

What you've all been waiting for with baited breath. Fourth fave is the William's Brothers Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk. I just like to go back and look at this colorful, clean unique machine. For a kit it's age and type it did not go together bad at[...]

Kitten with bite…a Red Tail

Tuskegee P-51B flown by Major Charles McGee, veteran of 3 wars. Tamiya 1/48 kit, Warbird decals. Alclad finish. Poor pictures. Sorry, all I have right now.

I got my eyes on you…the Eyeball 109…

My contribution to 109 mania, Hasegawa's 1/32 109G-6 Cannonenboot. Built right out of the box for some online thing a while ago. A nice easy-build kit indeed. Flown by a pilot Saurer or something like that, killed going after B-17's at Schweinfu[...]