Homepage Text - July 2008

Thursday,   July 31  2008 

Scott Vomacka gets things going today with his attractive 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18C.  Scott did quite a bit of kitbashing on his Hornet as well as adding aftermarket goodies and finishing it off with Twobobs decals for the "Golden Dragons".   


Raul Corral has been busy doing a conversion on his 1/48 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109 G6/AS.  Raul finished his model with much skill and finished it in the markings for a Luftwaffe ace. 


Steve Eggers is here with quite the in-flight diorama of the MPC Incom T-65 X-Wing Fighter.  Steve provides some very interesting history on the X-wing which I know will be an interest to all you sci-fi fans out there.  Steve also goes into very fascinating detail about building this great looking X-wing fighter and it's Death star base.  


Agnieszka Kuś is back today from Poland with her 1/48 Italeri OH-13 Coast Guard.  Agnieszka did an excellent job on her chopper and finished it on a  water base.  


I have a review of the new 1/144 Jolly Rogers Final Tomcat Cruise decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This sheet includes markings for 2 different Tomcats.  1/144 decals rock!!!   


Ken Duffey is here with a review of the 1/72 & 1/48 Flanker Stencil data decal sheet from Begemot Decals

Wednesday,   July 30  2008

  Vanuatu Independence Day 

Mark Chen joins us today from Singapore with his 1/48 Tamiya F-16C Block 30 “Arctic Bandit”.  Mark did some extra detailing and scratchbuilding and finished his Viper in the cool looking 3 colour paint scheme used in Alaska.   


Ray Hemenway has done a stellar job on his 1/28 Revell Triplane.  Ray finished his Tri-plane in the markings of the plane that Werner Voss lost his life in.   


Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with his flawless 1/48 FM Vautour IIB.  Rafi finished this classic jet in Israeli markings.  I love seeing Rafi's latest model.


Igor Svetlov (IS) has been busy getting all the details right on his 1/72 Hasegawa Dewoitine D.520C1.  Igor did scratchbuilding and used aftermarket parts on his D.520 to turn it in quite the colourful model of this French fighter.


Alexandre Jay dropped by today with his A6M5 artwork.   Alexandre chose to draw a crashed landed Zero and did quite the fine job on it.  


Tuesday,   July 29  2008 

Eduardo M begins today with a selection of photos of models from the recent IPMS Mar del Plata – Argentina XXIII Modelshow & Contest.  No doubt about it....there are some very talented modellers living in Argentina.   


Karl W Branson has done a stellar job on his 1/48 Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.3.  Karl had a grand time building his Meteor and added some scratchbuilt details and fixed a few things before finishing his Meteor in the classic late WW2 camo colours of the RAF.  No doubt about it this is one classy looking Meteor and beautifully finished.   


Maurizio Bressan joins us with his 1/48 Italeri USCG HH-60J Jayhawk.  This Jayhawk caused quite the stir on the ARC Discussion forums and today Maurizio is here to tell you about his attractive looking USCG Jayhawk and all about some of the super detailing he did to create it.


Franz Galli is here with a shape looking 1/144 Minicraft Boeing 737-400.  Franz did an excellent job on his 737 and finished it in the red, white and blue colours of British Airways.   


Ben Taggart is here to give you a close up look at the wonderful job he did on his  1/32 21st Century Toys Bf-109F-4/B.  Luftwaffe camo is difficult to do but Ben pulled it off with excellent results.  


I have a review of the new  1/48 F/A-18A-D Hornet Stencils decal sheet from MAW Decals.  This decal sheet includes airframe stencils, flare dispenser, ejection seats stencils, landing gears stencils, full weapons markings for popular F/A-18 weapons loads and so much more.  This is a very well loaded sheet.

Monday,  July 28  2008

  Peru Independence Day 

No update today.  I spent 7 hours on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday shoveling roadbase for under the patio and walkways as part of the re-landscaping in my backyard.  Needless to say I'm quite tired and headed off to bed early on Sunday.  

Sunday,   July 27  2008 

Yvan Vansteenkiste dropped by the ARC Corporate office in Belgium today with a  very special 1/32 Tamiya Greek F16 C.  Yvan used his high skill level to turn this into a  stunning model of a Greek F-16. 


Tigre del Aire joins us from Colombia with his 1/72 A-37.  Tigre del Aire took a previously built kit and gave it a complete makeover with a  colourful camo scheme   


Saturday,   July 26  2008

  Liberia Independence Day 

  Maldives Independence Day 

Andy Harsanto has done an amazing amount of detailing and scratchbuilding to create his 1/48 Hasegawa Hovering Harrier GR MK.7.  Andy was very careful to get the mechanical details correct as a Harrier would appear when hovering.  He goes into some very helpful details in his article explaining the process.    


Tigre del Aire  joins us from warm Colombia with his 1/72 Airfix Il-2 M3 Sturmovik.  Tigre del Aire added extra detail and finished his Sturmovik in one of the more colourful paint job I've seen on a Sturmovik.   


Friday,   July 25  2008 

John Wolstenholme starts today with the 4th and final part of his series on super detailing his 1/32 Academy F/A-18A.  Today John details the gearbays, crew ladder, fuel probe and so much more.  


Gabriel Stern is here with another of his creative designs from aviation history.  This is his Scratch-built 1/72 McClary "A" motorglider 1929 which is one very wacky aircraft and as usual Gabriel's article is an amusing read.   


David Qu joins us with his very nicely done 1/48 Academy F-16.  This is David's first model using an airbrush and when you read his article you will see he had the classic problems we all get when building a model and things don't go right.  I do like how his F-16 turned out and I look forward to seeing more of his models on ARC in the future.    


Armin Knes has done a fine job building and finishing his 1/48 MPM Petljakow Pe-2 FT.  Armin is amassing quite the collection of Russian/Soviet aircraft and this latest beauty was a pleasure to see.


Kit Leung is here with a brightly painted 1/72 Hasegawa Mitsubishi XT-2.  Kit rescribed the panel lines and detailed this Japanese trainer with resin seats to complete the detailing.  


Here is a preview of the new 1/48 TA-4J/F & A-4F/M Skyhawks decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet features eight VF-126/Topgun FIGHTERTOWN SCOOTERS.


I have a review of the new 1/48 F/A-18F VFA-154 Black Knights decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This decal sheet includes 4 different Black Knight jets including a hi-vis CAG jet.

Thursday,   July 24  2008

John Wolstenholme is here with part 3 of his 4 part series on building his 1/32 Academy F/A-18A.  Today John shows you how to super detail the landing gear and gear bays as well as reworking the flaps and flap hinges.  Lovely work John. 


Angelo M Picardo is a Paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service and today he is here with his very nicely done 1/72 Medicopter 117.  Angelo has access for a special boxing of this chopper in the Paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service markings and in his article there is a link where you can buy this model with these rare markings.  


Danny Braverman is here with his eye popping 1/48 Airfix Lightning F.6.  Danny used a resin cockpit with a flawless painting job to dress up his Lightning and then collected various decals to get a full set of the markings he wanted and the final topper is the paint and weathering job on this lightning.  Amazing.   


PHAN NGUYEN Hoang Nguyen joins us today with his second model on ARC.  This particular 1/48 Tamiya Skyraider A1-H is in South Vietnamese markings and features a full weapons load and one heck of a well done paint and weathering job.   


Pete Morgan has done a stellar piece of work on his 1/72 Hasegawa Harrier GR7.  This is of course the British version of the Harrier and Pete captured the look of the Brit Harrier very well.  Of course the weathering and weapons help to bring this gem to life.


I have a review of the new 1/48 F/A-18 C VFA-37 Ragin' Bulls decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 9 different 1/48 F/A-18C's in mostly high viz CAG or CO paint schemes.

Eurocopter 117. East Anglian Air Ambulance by Angelo M Picardo

Wednesday,   July 23  2008 
No update today.  I've been attempting to get some work done on my backyard.

Tuesday,   July 22  2008 

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese F-105 photos were taken by Scott Wilson. 


John Wolstenholme starts off today with part 2 of his 4 part article on super detailing his 1/32 Academy F/A-18A.  Today John focuses on the exhaust, flap, tails and a few other areas.  The level of detail John has added to his Hornet has to be seen to be believed.


Tolga ULGUR is here today with his most recent masterpiece.  This is Tolga's 1/48 Dragon Junkers JU-88A4 in one of the more interesting camo schemes I've seen on a Ju-88.  Tolga added full but subtle weathering to his Ju-88 to complete the look of realism.  Check out the photos of the instrument panel and cockpit....amazing work.     


Jeremias Nicolas Luchina is here with something very unique.  This is his 1/48 Aconcagua AT-63 Pampa II with some added gearbay detailing and finished of in Argentine markings with an attractive camo scheme.


Fernando I. Moreno Villa has taken the older 1/72 Monogram F8F-1 Bearcat kit and with some careful work he has turned it into quite the fine looking Bearcat.  Fernando improved the simplistic cockpit with some scratchbuilt detailing and dropped the control surfaces and did other work to upgrade this older kit.  He then finished it off in a multi-shade baremetal finish.  


Konley Kelley is back today with his 1/72 Revell Martin B-26B photographed in one of his digital masterpieces.  He finished his B-26 with Zotz decals and then posed it completing a bombing mission during WW2.  It is always a treat to see Konley's latest work. 


Monday,   July 21  2008

  Belgium Independence Day 


This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Click here to read the latest from Twobobs.  Bob has some very BIG news in his newsletter regarding the IPMS Nationals....Bob will have THREE Citizen Eco-Drive, Blue Angels Skyhawk watches to raffle off at the show! These watches are no-joke and they go for $475.00/each retail!  Read Bobs newletter to find out how to enter.  Also Bob has news on his IPMS Nats specials. 


John Wolstenholme kicks things off with his 4 part article on building his 1/32 Academy F/A-18A Part 1.  John's Hornet has caused quite the stir in the ARC forums and John figured it would be good to get the whole story into the ARC Gallery section.  You will be impressed at the level of detail John added to hius big F/A-18.  


Tony Feredo has been busy building his big 1/32 Hasegawa Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar).  Tony is a talented modellers and this Ki-43 has all the added detail and careful weathering Tony is well known for.  This one is a beauty.  


Frontpenny Wenjin Xu joins us from China with a beautifully done two seater 1/72 Intech Me-262B-1a.  Frontpenny rescribed the panel lines to improved the look of this good looking little Me-262. 


Serge Dompierre is here with his classic French bent wing dive bomber from May of 1940.  This is his 1/48 Azur Loire Nieuport LN 411 done up in the usually high quality that Serge is well known for.  


Radek Lhotsky is here with a  book review.  This is  K.u.k. Luftfahrtruppe Photo Album 1914-18 Volume 1 by Petr Oharon Tesar is a compilation of what REVI published in the past 10 years on the pages of their magazine.  

Sunday,   July 20  2008

  Colombia Independence Day 

  USA Moon Landing  - First Human on the Moon  (1969) 

Sabri Sencer has done a beautiful job building his 1/48 Revell F-84F.   Sabri gave his F-84 a perfect multi-shade bare metal finish.


Gokhan Eren has done a wonderful finishing and weathering his 1/72 Italeri F-100F.  You have to check out the weathering on this one.....it's amazing.   


Sabri Sencer has done a great job detailing and finishing his 1/72 RF-84F.  This is one sharper looking jet with a great looking camo paint job.  


Izzet Celkoba joins us with his 1/144 Minicraft C-47.  Panel lines are shaded and the camo paint job looks excellent.   


Friday,   July 18  2008 
There will not be an update on Saturday.

Anders Nowotny has pushed the limits with this tiny chopper.  This is his AS350B-1 Ecureuil Scale 1: ...finger.  If you look carefully you will see it is sitting on a bottle cap.  Anders has very steady hands and excellent eyes to scratch build this micro tiny chopper. 


Naor Aviv shows great skill at weathering with his 1/48 Hasegawa F4U-5N Corsair.  Naor built this Corsair out of the box but it is the painting and weathering that makes this model stand out with a look of realism.  


Tigre del Aire visits us today from Colombia with his 1/72 Heller Saab J-32 Lansen.  Tigre del Aire gave his Swedish jet a full weapons load to bring his model to life.  A good looking model of this Saab jet.     


Alexandre Jay joins us today with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Academy P-39N built out of the box with a careful application of weathering and paint chipping on his Soviet P-39.  Welcome to ARC Alexandre!!!     


I have a review of the new  1/32 F-16C Blue Fox Bandits decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features three Lizard and Flanker scheme jets from the 18th AGRS at Eielson AFB.  These markings represent the final configuration schemes of these jets.


I have a review of the new  1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 or 1/24 Camel decal sheet from Spada DecalsThis decal sheet features Camels of No 3 Naval Sqdn. & 112 Sqdn. including one flown by a Canadian and another RAF machine with a Swastika.

Thursday,   July 17  2008

  Iraq - Old National Day 

Floyd Werner is here with an announcement about his 1/35th scale Kiowa Warrior Upgrade Set.  Floyd knows this chopper very well.  This is a limited run set.  Click here for more details.  


Massimo Busolini begins today with his amazing 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G Starfighter.  Have a close look at the weathering job on this F-104......Busolini did an amazing job.     


Jim Birchfield has done a marvelous job building and weathering his 1/48 Tamiya A-1E Douglas Skyraider.  Jim used a conversion set and did plenty of work on his Skyraider as you see in the photos and his article.  The end results are stellar.   


Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with his flawless 1/48 Hasegawa SH-3H Sea King.  Rafi really did capture the look of the real Sea King in his model.  The interior detail and the exterior finish really brings this model alive.


Pete Morgan is here with his eye catching in-flight 1/72 Revell Tornado GR4A that he built for a friend.  Pete built this beauty mostly out of the box with some scratch building and kit bashing to complete his RAF Tornado conversion.  Pete's Tornado turned out exceptionally well. 


Jeremias Nicolas Luchina has been very busy building and finishing his 1/72 Octopus Grumman Duck.  This is a resin kit with some short comings but Jeremias stuck with it and ended up with a  great looking model in Argentina markings.   


I have a p review of the new 1/32 AIM-9/AIM-120 CATM/ACMI Markings decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.


I have a review of the new 1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom II Stencils - Part 2 decal sheet from AirDOC (Aircraft Documents).


John King III is here with an inbox preview of the 1/144 Revell Tornado ECR & IDS

Wednesday,   July 16  2008 

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos by Chris Ayre from Twobobs.  Chris has taken some absolutely GORGEOUS pics of some RAF Tucano's and Hawks. 


Zoran Verhovšek has really created something special with his 1/48 Special Hobby Fokker B.II diorama.  Zoran found the Special Hobby Fokker B.II to be a very good quality kit and he then went on to create this modelling masterpiece.  Have a good look and enjoy.   


Peter Athanasopoulos joins us from sunny Greece with his 1/48 Heller Mirage 2000-5Mk2.  Peter converted this kit to the Hellenic Air Force version of the aircrafy which reqired a fair bit of work and then he finished it off with his usual high level of skill.  I love these Hellenic Air Force blue paint schemes.   


Eric Hargett has a passion for the Phantom and you will see when you have  close look at his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II.  Eric added resin seats to dress up the cockpit as well as aftermarket decals, but the real eye popper is the painting and weathering Eric did on his Phantom to replicate this Vietnam War era Phantom complete with a full weapons load and drop tanks.  Eric got it all right.    


Mike Regan is here with his finely done 1/48 Tamiya Mosquito FB.VI.  Mike includes some very interesting his story behind this special Mosquito and it's activities during WW2 as an airliner.  Mike added resin goodies from Ultracast and decals from Liveries Unlimited to finish off this special Mossie Airliner.


I have a preview of the new 1/48 F-16C 60 Years of Fightin' Illini decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features a 60th Anniversary Scheme from the Illinois ANG is the signature jet on this sheet. 


Radek Lhotsky is here with his review of the 1/72 Foreign Messerschmitt, Pt.3 decal sheet from Rising DecalsThis sheet features Spanish Emils. 

Tuesday,   July 15  2008 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Click here to read the latest from Twobobs.  Bob has some news on some cool upcoming decals as well as the latest news regarding the 2008 IPMS US National convention.


Richard "RJ" Tucker is one of the ARC'ers from the very early days and this is his impressive 1/72 Fujimi A-4F Skyhawk.  RJ tells the history of a harrowing mission over North Vietnam by this Skyhawk before telling what he did to create this little gem.  Nice one RJ.  


PJ joins us from from Brazil with his award winning 1/48 Trumpeter F-9F Panther.   PJ did an exceptionally nice job on the weathering on his Panther.  He finished it in Argentine Navy markings.  


Alan Williamson is back today with his 1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback.  Alan did quite the job on his P-47 including weathering, noseart and a diorama base with figures and a vehicle.  The markings represent a Jug from March 1944.   


I have a preview of the new 1/48 AIM-9/AIM-120 CATM/ACMI Markings decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  Here's you chance to dress up your weapons on your next jet.   


Albert Moore joins us today with a review of the new 1/48 CH-53E Heavy Haulers 22nd MEU decal sheet from Flying Leathernecks Decals.  This decal sheet features markings for featuring markings for eight aircraft of the 22nd MEU and also comes with a CD with reference photos.   


I have a review of the new  1/72 HAL Gnat F.1/Ajeet F.2 model kit from Pro Resin.  I LOVE these little resin kits.   

Monday,   July 14  2008

  France National Day 

  • No update today.  I'm catching up on archiving in the review section.
  • Mid Atlantic Plastic Model Swap Meet July 19 in Brandywine, MD  Click here for more details
  • IPMS US Nationals begins in a few weeks.  ARC is helping to sponsor the Twobobs party.  Have a beer courtesy of ARC.  I'll provide a list of all the sponsors once the list is finalized.
Sunday,   July 13  2008 

Burt Gustafson has been busy building his 1/72 Italeri F-22 Raptor.  This kit isn't the best fitting kit, but that didn't stop Burt from turning out a very beautiful Raptor in 1/72.   


Pierre Christian Baudru is here with his 1/72 Revell P-47D-25 done up in Brazilian markings complete with noseart.  Pierre finished off his P-47 with subtle weathering to complete the realism.   


Saturday,   July 12  2008

  Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day 

Jacey Guo gets your Saturday update started with this sharp looking 1/72 Hasegawa F-20 Tigershark built out of the box and finished off in a  What if adversary scheme.   


Michael Presley is here with something very special.  This is his 1/48 Classic Airframes de Havilland F.Mk.3 Hornet finished to an impeccable standard.  Classic Airframes kits are best suited to the experienced modeller, but as Michael shows.....they do build up into stunning models in the hands of  a patient experienced modeller.   


Friday,   July 11  2008

  Mongolia National Celebration Day 

I've completed fixing the dead links on the walkaround section.  All 1,068 walkarounds should be fully functional now.  I clicked each link to make sure they all worked.   

Stephen Prior gets your Friday update started with his 1/72 Airfix Nimrod MR.2P.  This was a much anticipated kit and Stephen did it up if fine style in the markings and sexy noseart of a  plane that served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Granby.    


Mark L. Rossmann has a very high opinion of the 1/48 Eduard P-39Q and today he's here with his own.  Mark tells about the history of this aircraft.  He finished this gem in French WW2 markings.  


Terry Chan has done an outstanding job on his multi-shaded  bare metal 1/72 AMT XB-35 Flying Wing Bomber.  Terry tells the history behind this classic flying wing and then goes into exacting detail about how to build this early flying wing.  Beautiful job Terry.  


Tony Feredo dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in the Philippines with his 1/48 Hasegawa J2M3 Raiden.  Tony chose to build a Raiden that served and was captured in the Philippines.  Tony built his Japanese Navy fighter out of the box and it is Tony's weathering job that makes his Raiden come alive.  


Raymond C5saprkcatcher Utter joins us with his very nicely done 1/48 Hobbycraft F-94B.  Raymond started with the A model and converted it to a B model then sorted out the paint scheme and markings for 339th Test Squadron to help create a selection of models for the squadron to display.  Gotta' love that.


I have a preview of the new 1/48 F-16C/D Blue Fox Bandits decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features markings for four Lizard, Flanker and Arctic scheme jets from the 18th AGRS at Eielson AFB including single and two seaters.


I have a p review of the new 1/72 F-14A VF-154 Black Knights decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This sheet includes four VF-154 Tomcats and enough stencils to build 2 of them.


I have a review of the new 1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II Stencils - Part 2  decal sheet from AirDOC (Aircraft Documents).  These are beautifully done and finely printed stencils.

Thursday,   July 10  2008

Invasion of Sicily - Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 

Jim Birchfield has gone to great lengths to add detail and weathering to his 1/48 Tamiya A-1J.  No doubt about it.....Jim achieved a level of realism on his Skyraider that is a treat to behold. 


Sam Chia has done an outstanding job finishing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F4S.  Sam added quite a few aftermarket goodies to his Phantom, but the paint job and weathering are what really brings it to life.  


Don Bryans is here with something very special today.  This is his 1/72 Airfix Handley-Page Halifax with a very special connection to the full sized aircraft this model represents.   


Jeff Brundt is here with his beautifully done 1/48 Trumpeter Westland Wyvern S.4 (late).  Jeff tells the history of the Wyvern and although Jeff built his almost OOB, the finished model looks very sharp in it's stripes from the 1956 Suez Crisis. 


Tigre del Aire dropped by the very warm ARC Offices in sunny Colombia with his 1/72 Heller Saab J-29 Tunnan.  Tigre del Aire has done an excellent job on his Swedish jet building it out of the box with very fine results.   


Here is a preview of the new 1/48 F-16C 79th FS 2005 TMOTA Viper decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  Tiger Meet jets ROCK!!!   


Here is a review of the new 1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 or 1/24 French Hellcat decal sheet from  Spada Decals.  This decal sheet features 10 different French Hellcats that served in Indochina in the early 1950's.   


I'm pleased to show you a VERY limited run 1/72 HL-20 (Horizontal Landing-20th type) multi-media kit from IPMS Tidewater that will be available at the 2008 IPMS Nationals in the coming weeks.  Cost is $30 and all proceeds go to the club. 

Wednesday,   July 9  2008

  Argentina Independence Day 

Alfonso Pereira is here to mark this special day with his 1/48 Heritage Aviation FMA IA-58 Pucará.  Alfonso added some extra detailing, but it appears this resin kit already comes nicely detailed.  In Alfonso's hands this model came out looking like a gem.      


Victor Márquez dropped by the ARC office on the Canary Islands with his this fine looking 1/32 Revell Fw-190D.  Victor has started building 1/32 kits and  I do like how his Dora turned out. 


Heinrich Spangenberg is here with a very special South African 1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage III CZ.  Heinrich chose to do the first South African Mirage III and he successful and creating an outstanding model of this black and gold demo bird.  


Tim Cvetic added some extra detail and then finished his lovely little 1/72 Airfix Fiat G50bis . in the markings for the last Fiat G50 in existence.  Tim scratchbuilt the cockpit for his little Fiat.   


Here is a preview for the 1/72 F-16C/D Blue Fox Bandits decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  Check it out....we're talking colorful camo!!!


Here is a preview for the 1/48 F/A-18C Blue Bandits decal sheet from  Fightertown Decals.   This sheet gives you a selection of F/A-18 is blue camo.


Here is a product announcement for the Uncovering the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress book from Daco Products by Danny Coremans.  Read this product announcement for a discount on this book and certain other products at Daco Products.  

Tuesday,   July 8  2008 

Stephen Hall starts things off today with his 3rd article on ARC.  This is Stephen's 1/72 Hawker Hurricane llc complete is desert camo.  Steve used drybrushing in the cockpit with good results.  I look forward to seeing more of his work on ARC.  


Tim Cvetic has done a beautiful job building his 1/48 Pro Modeler F-84G Thunderjet.   Tim built this one out of the box and finished it with the Flight Decs sheet "US Jets In Yugoslav Service".


Pascal Frey is here with some outstanding photos of his flawless 1/48 Hasegawa Kawanishi ShidenKai.  Pascal added aftermarket goodies to improve the detail of his Japanese fighter with very effective results.  Pascal then gave it a full weathering job.    


Greg Long joins us from down under with his 1/48 Italeri CH47C Chinook.  Greg put plenty of effort into make his Australian Gun ship correct and accurate which required quite a bit of work.  Greg also used some pre-painted Eduard Photo Etch to detail the cockpit.   


I have a preview of the new 1/72 and 1/32 F-16C 79th FS 2005 TMOTA decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet has just been released.


I have a review of the new  1/72 F4B-4 resin cockpit set from Starfighter Decals.  This set is designed to fit the Monogram/Accurate Miniatures Kits.


I have a review of the new  1/72 F-18A/C paint mask/plugs set from Leading Edge Models.  This set is designed to fit the Academy 1/72 F-18 kits.

Monday,   July 7  2008

  Solomon Islands National Day 

  Terrorist Subway attacks in the UK July 7 2005  

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler gets the wheels rolling here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4EJ.  Shawn now has over 100 Phantoms on ARC and I must say I like this Japanese one very much.   


Claudio Moura joins us with his marvelous looking 1/72 Academy P-40M/N.  Claudio finished his P-40 in the markings of the FAB (Brazilian Air Force)....with noseart......I've never seen that artwork before.   


Petit James is here from France with his 1/50 Heller Puma SA-330l.  It's rare to see a model of the Puma and James chose to finish his in Argentine markings as it appears during the war in 1982. 


Raja Bose is here with his Surrender Or Else! diorama that depicts a scene from a 1965 war between India and Pakistan.  Raja includes the history and story behind his diorama.


Here is a preview of the new  1/48 F-14A/B/D VF-101 Grim Reapers decal sheet  from Fightertown DecalsThis sheet includes the option to build a choice of 7 Tomcats. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 SAAB J35F J Draken decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  Draken sheets sell out fast so buy this one while you can.  It includes markings for 4 jets including ones with camo and a display bird.


I have a review of the new 1/72 Folland Gnat F.1 / FR.1 resin model kit  from Pro ResinI love these little detail rich resin kit.

Sunday,   July 6  2008

  Comoros Independence Day 

  Malawi Republic Day 

Dan McWilliams had  a good time building his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C.  Dan built his scooter mostly out of the box and ended up with a fine example of this jet with the colourful markings from the period of history.    


Saturday,   July 5  2008

  Cape Verde National Day 

  Venezuela Independence Day 

Phillip Steele is here with what has to be one of the more colourful aircraft to fly during WW1.  This is Phillip's 1/72 Revell Fokker D VII done up in a great looking scheme.   


Don Bryans has done a bang-up out of the box build on his 1/72 Airfix Handley-Page Hampden.  This particular Hampden had a tragic fate as Don tells in his article.   

Friday,   July 4  2008

  United States of America Independence Day 

I'd like to wish all my American friend at home and overseas a very Happy 4th holiday!!!  Be well, relax and have a beer while you enjoy your long holiday weekend with family and friends.  I've got a big update featuring only American aircraft.

Jim Birchfield gets this special 4th of July update off to a flying start with his 1/48 Monogram A-26B.  This beautifully weathered A-26 has history in the Bay of Pigs Invasion back in 1961.  Jim tells more about the history in his article.  


Jacey Guo joins us from Australia with his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18D Topgun.  Jacey finsihed off this F/A-18 in a Topgun paint scheme with a personal touch.  I do like how it turned out.   


Olaf Sprenger is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Revell F4U-5 Corsair with the added detail of an Eduard detail set.  Olaf chose the  1953 markings for VF-14 for his great looking Corsair. 


Serge Dompierre has been busy building his 1/48 Monogram F-8 Crusader.  Serge did an excellent job on this older kit and by adding a full weapons load and finishing it in the colourful markings from the early '70's.  


Daniele Dotti has done a marvelous job building and finishing t his 1/72 Trumpeter P-40B Kittyhawk.  Daniele chose the markings for the legendary Flying Tigers AVG (American Volunteers Group) in China 1941.  


Stanton Fodness has done an extra special job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet.  Stanton added plenty of after market detail items and finished off his Super Hornet with Fightertown decals and a full weathering job.  This is one dirty Navy bird.   


Francisco A. has put quite a bit of effort detailing his 1/72 Italeri OH-58D Kiowa.  Francisco added detail in many areas on his chopper with very good results and finished it off in US Army markings on a diorama base.  


Serge Dompierre finishes off this special update with his sharp looking 1/48 Monogram F-106.  Serge enjoys these older kits and has much success turning them into eye catching models of these classic jets.

Thursday,   July 3  2008

  Belarus Independence Day 

Today's update is a bit late.......I worked long hours in my backyard yesterday and went to bed early in the evening totally exhausted.

Louis Chang joins us with this 1/48 Grand Phoenix Firefly MK1.  Louis is a very skilled modeller and you will see that when you look at his Firefly. 


Ray Hemenway is here with something a bit different.  This is Ray's 1/150 Doyusha U-209.   Now the cool part about this sub is that it actually does work.  Nicely done Ray!!!


Tony Feredo joins us from the warm Philippines with his 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-61 Hien.  Tony's Ki-61 is an aircraft that served in the Philippines during WW2.  Tony gave his Tony photos etch seat belts....some painted makings but the item that caught my eye was the field applied sugar came camo Tony applied.  I've never heard of this and it came out looking very well.    


Sabri Sencer joins us with a beautifully done 1/48 Tamiya MIG-15 Bis.  Sabri gave this Mig a bare metal finish in different shades for different panels and the panel line highlighting looks perfect.  A very good looking model of this classic  jet.  


Here is a preview for the 1/32 F-14A Adversary Bad Cats decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This sheet features Topgun and NSAWC Tomcats.


Wednesday,   July 2  2008 

Bruce Grayson gets your Wednesday update started with his 1/72 Airfix Fw-190D-9.  Bruce built his Dora mostly out of the box with a little bit of scratchbuilt detailing.  Bruce has high regards for this Airfix kit and his Fw-190 came out looking darn nice. 


Leslie Choy has done a lovely job on his 1/72 Airfix BAC TSR2.  Leslie built this one out of the box and had very few problems.


Austin Kennedy is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/72 Hobby Boss UH-60A finished in desert camo and US markings.  Austin's UH-60 came out looking very good with it's careful weathering job.  Welcome to ARC Austin!!!  I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future.


Jim Guthrie joins us today with his first article on ARC.  This is Jim's 1/72 Hasegawa Martin Marlin  built out of the box with fantastic results.  This is a rare plane that I don't see finished models of and it's a treat to have Jim's Marlin on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Jim!!!.   I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future.  


I have a review of the new  1/32 P-51B Mustang in the ETO - Part 1 decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  You get sexy noseart and D-Day stripes included on the 3 Mustangs this decal sheet.  


Here is a preview of the new 1/48 F-14A/D Test Cats decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet features F-14's with NAWC-AD, VX-23, VX-4 AIMVAL/ACEVAL.  There are only 250 of these decal sheets so they will sell out fast. 


Tuesday,   July 1  2008

  Burundi Independence Day 

  Canada  Day 

  Rwanda Independence Day 

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese Eurofighter photos were taken by John Gabor. 


Stephen Prior starts this special Canada Day update with his 1/48 Hasegawa CF-104 Starfighter.  Stephen added some aftermarket resin goodies and kit decals to complete this eye popping Tiger Meet Canadian Starfighter.   


Graham Symmonds has taken on an impressive project when he built the 1/144 Anigrand Craftwork CC-177 Globemaster III.  Graham put plenty of effort and some scratchbuilding into his big cargo plane and finished it off in Canadian markings.  Wow....this one came out looking very well.


Serge Dompierre is here with his sharp looking 1/48 Academy Canadair Sabre Mk-5.  Serge finished his Sabre in the camo that was common for these jets when they were based in Europe.  These really are a fine looking jets with their camo and colourful tail markings. 


Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with a great looking 1/48 Monogram CC-129 Dakota that he built for a friends Dad.  Shawn built one of these before so this article is called Part 2.  Shawn finished this one in post war Canadian markings. 


Chuck Sawyer got everything right on his 1/32 Academy CF-18.  Chuck had to convert a F-18C to an A model with the Canadian mods and then he finished it off with a resin cockpit, full weapons load and Canadian markings and full weathering.  Wow....this one came out looking exactly like the real jet.


Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is back with another Canadian aircraft today.  This is his 1/48 Academy CH-113 Voyageur in early '60's Canadian markings.  It's good to see this chopper in these marking and paint scheme....nice one Shawn. 


Juan Carlos Gómez has dropped by today with his 1/48 ESCI F-104.  This is an older kit but that didn't stop Juan Carlos from finishing his Canadian CF-104 in fine style.  


Guy Lemieux is here with something different.  This is his What-if 1/48 Italeri Tornado CADV  in Canadian markings.  I must admit I love the look of the Tornado in Canadian markings.