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@starfar Dmitry Stropalov

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Scale modeller, software developer, jazz and metal fan from Ukraine. Prefer aviation kits in 1/72 and 1/48 scale.

Yak-1b (Arma Hobby 1/72)

Yak-1b of a soviet ace Boris Yeremin (Борис Ерёмин), winter 42-43 year, Stalingrad. This is a new model kit of a Polish manufacturer Arma Hobby, released just a month ago. I've pre-ordered it back in August, and I've got a full kit plus overtree[...]

LET Z-37T Agro Turbo (KP 1/72)

This is my entry in the Teeth & Fangs Group Build, maybe a little bit unexpected – a non-military airplane with such nose art. LET Z-37T is a turboprop version of a Z-37 – an agricultural aircraft which was manufactured in Czechoslovakia in [...]

Another one Spitfire FR Mk.XIV (Airfix 1/48)

I know, I know, but I just can't stop building Spitfires, and it's another one in the headlines from my side – a new Airfix FR Mk.XIV. I was waiting for this kit to appear in my local hobby shop, and here is the result. Spitfires are my most fre[...]

F-20 Tigershark (Hasegawa 1/72)

F-20 was last and non-production modification of a famous F-5 fighter. It's a 1/72 Hasegawa kit, mainly OOB build excluding custom gun barrels, gun sight and seat belts. Painting scheme is the "what if" based on a late darker colors of the proto[...]

Fw-190Aa-3 in Turkish service (Zvezda 1/72)

Fw-190Aa-3 of Turkish Air Force (additional "a" means ausländisch). Turkey received up to 100 airplanes in 1942-43 as a result of a barter deal. Fw-190 were in service till the 1950, being the last German fighter used by TAF. It's a Zvezda "ea[...]

Silhouette Portrait 2 cutting plotter for scale modelers

Some time ago there was an article on iModeler regarding use of a cutter (or cutting plotter) for our hobby. At that moment, I was thinking about this for a while, especially because of my previous experience – I saw cutters in the late 90's whe[...]

Type 3 Chi-Nu (IBG 1/72)

Just a small scale model of a WWII Japanese medium tank Type 3 Ch-Nu. Kit from IBG Models (Poland) comes along nicely and it's a perfect fit for a weekend build. Also, if you play World of Tanks - you may see Chi-Nu there. Anyway, it was fun to [...]

Me 109G-6 of Swiss AF (Zvezda 1/48)

Me 109G-6, Interlaken, Switzerland, May 1944. J-701 was one of the Me 109's bought from Germany by Swiss AF. These were produced by Mtt in Regensburg, with a lot of issues and defects due to the acts of sabotage performed at the assembly line by[...]

Yak-1b (Eduard 1/48)

My final model of 2018 – Yak-1b "Liberated Donbass" of 257th IAP, Yugoslavia, late 1945. The kit by Accurate Miniatures, repackaged by Eduard with some PE parts and masks. This is completely OOB build, I've only added Pitot tube made from brass [...]

PZL P.7 (Arma Hobby 1/72)

This is the second kit from the Deluxe Set by polish manufacturer ArmaHobby (which was also known as Attack Squadron). If somebody is interested, first one is here – The kit comes very nicely without any significant issues, and I can recommend[...]