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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.

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 didn't ma[...]

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 good[...]

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 to look f[...]

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 build for me (but I've starte[...]

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 Wildcat. [...]

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 kit, but[...]

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[...]