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@davids_models David Kopielski

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Aerospace engineer who enjoys building 1/48 aircraft and 1/350 ships.
Personal website: https://davidsscalemodels.com/

1/48 Hasegawa F-104C Starfighter “Snoopy Sniper” 1966

The 1/48 Hasegawa 1/48 F-104C is finished. It was detailed with the Eduard photo etch set. For the scheme I am built it as a Viet Nam aircraft. The Caracal decals set (#CD48102) was used to complete the scheme with the tri-camouflage version of [...]

1/48 Tamiya AR-196A Arado Seaplane

This is the Tamiya 1/48 Arado AR-196A German seaplane. It is a re-box of the Italeri kit. I did the scheme as one of the aircraft that was used on the Bismarck battleship. The Arado Ar 196 was a shipboard reconnaissance low-wing monoplane aircra[...]

!/48 Hasegawa KI-43-II Hayabusa (Oscar)

Here is an older build I did on the 1/48 Hasegawa KI-43-II. The instrument panel was part of the Eduard photo etch set. The kit engine I added the push rods to the engine. The camouflage was done by thinning the paint in an aluminum dish and usi[...]

1/48 Hasegawa Aichi B7A2 (Grace) Attack Bomber

This was the subject I built for the "Empire of Japan" group build. It was a Japanese dive bomber/torpedo aircraft with a gull wing configuration. I built it as the torpedo version from the 752nd Naval Flying Group. Overall this is a nice kit to[...]

Trumpeter 1/48 ERA-3B Skywarrior from VAQ-33

This was an interesting kit to build. Some of the things to watch for if you build this are some of the antennas are not included I the kit. The main landing gear can be challenging as noted before. The side APUs will need to be modified. If you[...]

1/48 Airfix Spitfire Mk.1 – 303 Squadron

This is one of my earlier builds. I used the Airfix 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1 and the Topcolors decal set for Polish Spitfires. This decal set covers scheme’s for aircraft used by the 303 squadron. The 303 Squadron was piloted by Polish pil[...]

How To: Weathering with pastel chalk.

Typically I weather my models using artist pastel chalk. With the chalk you can vary the depth of your weathering. For jet exhaust I used black, brown, light gray, and a touch of blue. Using multiple colors gives a nice blended look. The “tools”[...]

1/48 Eduard MIG-21PFM – Polish Air Force

This build is the Eduard MIG-21PFM. I used the kit decals for the Polish Air Force MIG from 1996. It was a fun kit to build and it is built right out of the box. The ProfiPack comes with the photo etch accessory for the cockpit and exhaust can. [...]

1/48 Tamiya Brewster Buffalo – U.S. Navy VS-102

This build was a nice easy build of the Brewster Buffalo dressed in U.S. Navy colors of VS-102. Some photo etch details were added. I also used the Quickboost resin engine and super detailed it. The engine fit pretty well with only some minor ad[...]

1/48 Hobbyboss A-7E from VA-37

During my service in the U.S. Navy in the early 1980’s I was attached to an A-7E squadron designated VA-37 at NAS Cecil Field. I purchased the Hobby Boss A-7E kit as well as the Eduard detail set and Microscale decals for my squadron. I built t[...]