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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.

Strv m/40 L (IBG 1/72)

This Swedish tank in a small 1/72 scale was just a weekend build. As a mainly aircraft modeller, from time to time I build AFV just to not get bored, and to learn something new. For example, currently I use B&W technique for the cockpits in [...]

Spitfire HF Mk.VIII (Eduard 1/48)

Yes, it's another one boring Spitfire, but I can't resist (by the way, it's my 10th Spit ever built). I've fell in love with this high-altitude fighter in a non-standard grey/PRU blue painting scheme on the box art, so the kit was bought immedia[...]

Yak-130 of Myanmar Air Force (Zvezda 1/48)

Modern aviation is a completely new thing to me. Mainly I'm interested in airplanes of 30th till 50th, because... well, I don't know why. Maybe because of a sound of big piston engines, maybe because I like some spinning stuff, like props. Or ma[...]

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 [...]