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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.

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[...]

Fanera-2 (MicroMir 1/72)

This model is my entry for the "iModeler at the Movies" group build (if you missed announcement, here is the link – join and participate!). NIAI-1 "Fanera-2" (fanera/фанера means plywood) was a soviet light civil airplane of mid thirties. As [...]

Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. F (FlyHawk 1/72)

Tiny tank in tiny scale (for Armor). I don't build AFV models frequently, but sometimes it's good to change something, even in your hobby. This one looks interesting to me, especially that side doors. FlyHawk kit is nearly excellent – molding q[...]

Avro 560 (Choroszy Modelbud 1/72)

Between two World Wars there were build a lot of various airplanes – the great time of pioneering. Sure, most of that constructions did not managed to leave any significant trace in the aviation history, so they are forgotten. But we have some m[...]

Supermarine Seafang Mk.32 (Trumpeter 1/48)

First of all, I need to say that this is a "what if" build. There are two reasons for that: Trumpeter and Trumpeter. First reason is that model has a lot of issues with an accuracy, clearly visible if you're comparing with photos. Usually I don'[...]

Hurricane Mk.I early (Airfix 1/72)

Hi everybody! I have some issues with abnormal craving for early versions of a well-known aircraft – two-blade props, strange canopies like on an early Spitfire, strange camouflage patterns, and so on. And this is a very early Hurricane version [...]