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ari-skybolt.jpgAri Krupnik took up airplane in bottles when he served as a computer specialist with Israel defense Forces. He writes, "In the mid '90s, I found myself with little free time to complete any serious scale projects. I'd been drafted into the IDF, and the military routine left little time and less space to build models. I was used to spending months on a kit, with research, superdetailing and weathering. Now I was scrambling for a way to build models in a few hours, straight out of the box, but still make them interesting.

"Squeezing airplanes through bottlenecks certainly made them interesting. I quickly found that jet fighters made some of the best subjects because there was a logical way to mount them inside the bottle: a rod of transparent or semi-transparent plastic could simulate jet exhaust, and I could hang the aircraft on it."

ipms-trophy.jpgAfter leaving the service, Ari moved to California to continue his software engineering career. In his spare time, he flies mild aerobatics in his Skybolt biplane as well as sub-ounce radio control models.

Ari was awarded first place in the small-scale aviation category at the 1997 IPMS Israel Nationals for his collectin of 9 bottles, two of which are represented on his personal web page at http://www.lib.aero/~ari/aibs/
Ari also has a strong interest in radio controlled flying.  To see several examples of his wonderful models go to http://www.lib.aero/~ari/rc/ In addition, to his interest in flying, models in bottles and radio controlled models, Ari has produced wonderful mosiacs using dominos to form the pixel shape.  See Ari's mosiacs at http://www.lib.aero/~ari/mosaics/. To learn more about Ari and his phenomimal work, go to his personal web page at http://www.lib.aero/~ari/ 


Other examples of this Artist's work - Click on a picture to enlarge