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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-9T (ICM 1/32)

After 10 months of being not able to finish anything, this new tool Yak-9T (T - tank) has finally brought me back. Thank you, ICM 🙂 The kit fits quite well. The only inconvenient thing was the wing root fairing. And the windscreen [...]

Chipmunk T.10 (Airfix 1/48)

My recently finished Chipmunk T.10 in 1/48 scale. This is a new tooled 2021 AIrfix kit. Completely OOB except masks and seat belts by FineMolds.

Spitfire Mk.Vb (Eduard 1/48)

New Spitfire Mk.Vb by Eduard in 1/48 scale. I was waiting for the trop version since I saw the sprue of Mk.I last year. And here it is, the first on out of the Eagle's Call dual combo box. Kit is no surprise – a "standard" [...]

Bf 109E-4 (SpecialHobby 1/72)

Bf 109E-4, new kit by Special Hobby in 1/72 scale. Kit goes really well, the fit is good, but check the canopy/fuselage parts before gluing. Detail level is impressive. The only aftermarket I've used was metal barrels (Master) and exhausts [...]

Mitsubishi Ka-14 (FineMolds 1/48)

Mitsubishi Ka-14 by FineMolds in 1/48 scale. One of the best model kits I've built recently. Comes together really easy and enjoyable. Highly recommended! With this build I was experimenting again with the weathering and shading, so I [...]

Arado Ar 68 E (Roden 1/48)

And this is my first biplane model kit so far. The main purpose of this build was rigging. Despite that fact, that this kit was released in 2019, it's a standard Roden kit, but now also overpriced in addition to other issues. Decals are no [...]

F-104J "Eiko" (Eduard 1/48)

This build has started with this bottle of wine more than a year ago. It was a present, and then I've realized that I'm keeping in my hands a wine produced by Gordon Cooper – a pilot, test-pilot, astronaut. And since then, I've started [...]

Spitfire Mk.I early (Eduard 1/48)

This model kit is one of my old wishes – a very early Spit with Watts two-blade propeller and the "flat" canopy in 1/48 scale. Eduard has released it's "Spitfire Story" box just two weeks ago, so it was a real quick [...]

FM-2 Wildcat (Arma Hobby 1/72)

Again this is a new model kit of a Polish manufacturer Arma Hobby, released in May this year (2020). FM-2 kit is the first variant of the F4F's, and more to come - the clear sprue contains fuselage windows not needed for this GM-built [...]

Mustang Mk.III (Tamiya 1/48)

For several years I was holding this Tamiya's Mustang on my shelf waiting to be built. And finally, it's done. I found an interesting subject – an RAF unit but with a standard birdcage canopy plus invasion stripes. Tamiya kit is a good [...]