Homepage Text - July 2019

Wednesday,  July 31  2019
Andrew Desautels is here with the third model in his Wild Weasel series.  This is his 1/72 F-105G Wild Weasel with a resin cockpit and other modifications to improve on the accuracy of his F-105G Wild Weasel.  Andrew finished it as a Vietnam War jet using decals from 2 different manufacturers including sharks mouth markings.  Andrew explains more of the Wild Weasel history for this jet as well as the improved weapons load.  I'm really enjoying his Wild Weasel series.

Carl Jarosz has done an exceptional job on his 1/144 Skyline Models Boeing 737-400 Western Pacific Airlines “Spirit of Durango” Livery.  This was a complicated build due to the big artwork decals, but Carl pulled it off with skill and determination.  A beautiful build.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Alamo Missiles from ZactomodelsThese Alamo -C and -D missiles are perfect for the 1/32 Flanker and MiG-29.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Meteor Pitot Tube from Master


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Tuesday,  July 30  2019

Vanuatu Independence Day

I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to ARC Moderator Mad Mike Happy Birthday Mike!!!

Andrew Desautels starts today with his 2nd Wild Weasel in his series of 5.  This is his 1/72 EF-105F Wild Weasel with many mods to make it an accurate EF-105F Wild Weasel.  Andrew also used the Pavla resin cockpit to improve the cockpit detailing and added a weapons load to show the true purpose of this jet.  Andrew finished it in a SEA camo scheme as seen in Vietnam with a nicely done weathering job.  I'm really am enjoying Andrew's Wild Weasel series and it is interesting to read his background history on these Wild Weasel jets.

Scott Vomacka is here with his stunning bare metal foil 1/48 Trumpeter F-100F Super Sabre.  Scott added resin seats to dress up the cockpit but it is his bare metal finish and colorful markings that really make this model stand out.  Scott has some well honed talent at applying foil finishes to his models.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Ta 152 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit. 


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  July 29  2019
Andrew Desautels is here with the 1st of 5 Wild Weasel models.  This is his 1/72 AMT F-100F Wild Weasel with resin seats and finished in SEA camo using a cool choice of colors that Andrew explains in his article.  Andrew tells the story of the early Wild Weasels during the Vietnam War.  Beautiful work Andrew.

Denis Bugakov is here on ARC for the first time today.  This is a flawless and highly detailed build of the 1/48 Hasegawa+Aires A-4F Skyhawk.  Denis added plenty of detail and further detailed his model with so a very very effective mods and then gave this Skyhawk a great looking paint scheme.  Amazing work Denis, welcome to ARC.

Here's a product article for the 2" Mini Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 AN/ ALQ-131 (deep) ECM pod from Eduard Model Accessories.  This pod was used on the A-7, A-10, F-4, F-16, F-111, C-130 aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IXc Undercarriage Covers from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit. 


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Sunday,  July 28  2019

Peru Independence Day


Saturday,  July 27  2019

Korean War Armistice Date 1953


Friday,  July 26  2019

Liberia Independence Day

Maldives Independence Day

Bob TheDoc has put exceptional effort into his 1/72 Eduard MiG-21MF.  This particular build if to mark the 20th anniversary of 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' (Kargil Victory Day).  Bob used some home printed decals to complete the markings on this beauty. 

Bob Leonard joins us today with his heavily weathered 1/72 Hasegawa Martin B-26B Marauder that served in the ETO.  Bob chose the markings for a bomber called "Rat Poison" that survived quite a few missions.  His weathering job looks excellent and shows how busy these bombers were during WW2.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-14A early style wheels from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 T-38 Talon / F-5B / RF-5A, E, S - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Beechcraft Staggerwing Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Roden kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  July 25  2019
No update today.  Had to work double shifts at my jobs.

Wednesday,  July 24  2019
Shawn “Phantom" Weiler  gets things fired up today with his 1/72 Heller Boeing 707 - CC-137 wearing RCAF livery using aftermarket decals.  Shawn chose my favourite paint scheme for his RCAF 707.. 

Dragan Cvetic did a stunning job weathering his 1/72 Special Hobby Mirage F-EQ.  Dragan added scratchbuilt details to the cockpit and a better pitot tube.  The paint scheme and markings are for an Iraqi jet.  I love the look of this F-1. 

Here's a product article for the new 1/32 AIM-120 AMRAAM Missiles from Zactomodels. Each set includes 2 complete missiles.  Also included are optional exhausts and nosecones for training versions (CATM).


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Tuesday,  July 23  2019

Egypt National Day

Rodrigo Rendon added plenty of Eduard detail to his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4M Skyhawk and then displayed it in a great looking diorama base that reflects the USAF base in Japan.  Rodrigo added a weapons load using after market goodies and gave his Scooter a flawless weathering job.  Amazing work Rodrigo.

Shawn “Phantom” Weiler is here with a sweet one today.  This is his 1/144 Testors CC-109 Cosmopolitan made from the Testors C-131-A Samaritan.  Shawn is on a roll with his 1/144 RCAF aircraft lately.  Nicely done Shawn.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 AIM-4G missiles from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 S2F Tracker Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions This detail set is designed for the Kinetic kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  July 22  2019
Dragan Cvetic did a stellar job on his 1/72 Hasegawa F-35B.  Dragan built this one OOB and captured the look of the F-35B very well.

Shawn “phantom” Weiler is here with his colourful 1/144 Amodel CC-115 Buffalo wearing a Canadian search and rescue paint scheme.  For the markings Shawn used aftermarket decals which look excellent.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Bending Folding Blade 8 Inch from The Small Shop This Photo Etch Bending Folding Blade 8 Inch is for bending and folding PE parts. Complements the 8" Tool head Workstation (This item is included with the 8" tool).  


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Sunday,  July 21  2019

Belgium Independence Day

Andreas Gordes has done some excellent scratchbuilding on his 1/72 Dragon North-American CSM-107 Columbia.  This is the space craft that was piloted by Michael Collins during the first moon landing.  It's amazing to consider what these 3 men did 50 years ago.  Respect for them all.

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Saturday,  July 20  2019

Colombia Independence Day

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

Andreas Gordes is here to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  This is his 1/72 Dragon Grumman LM-5 Eagle built to a very high standard and looking quite convincing.  Beautiful work Andreas. 

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Friday,  July 19  2019
Model shows this weekend:

Bob Leonard is here with his very attractive 1/72 Hasegawa V-22B Osprey.  Bob chose to finish his Osprey in the markings for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force using the WW2 USN paint scheme found on the Japanese V-22's.  This is one very cool looking Osprey built to a high standard by Bob.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Exhausts from Zactomodels This detail set is designed for the Trumpeter MiG-29 kit.  These resin/photo etched exhausts are designed for the big Trumpeter MiG-29 kit and these take the model to a whole new level of extreme detailing. 


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  July 18  2019
Gary Hatherly did extensive scratch building and super detailing on his big 1/32 Tamiya F-4G Wild Weasel.  This model took 8 years to complete and the list of modification was very extensive.  Wow...enjoy his photos.

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  July 17  2019

Iraq Republic Day

No update today.

Tuesday,  July 16  2019
Carl Jarosz is here with his exceptional 1/48 Kinetic F-84F Thunderstreak in all it's bare metal glory.  Carl chose the Indiana ANG for the markings.  Carl dressed up the cockpit with a different seat and had high compliments for this Kinetic kit.  I enjoy seeing Carl's models on ARC.

Shawn “phantom” Weiler is here with a jet I flew in back in 1972.  This is his 1/144 Minicraft 707- CC-137 in RCAF markings from the early 1970's.  It's good to see this RCAF 707 on ARC, it brings back good memories of a trip to Cyprus when I was 12.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fw 190 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  July 15  2019
Alfred Calleja starts your week with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/400 Heller HMAS Melbourne that was a very involved conversion of the  Heller Arromanches kit which was a French carrier that was formerly the HMS Colossus.  Alfred did a huge amount of scratch building and completed this project in the pre-internet days when reference material was limited.  I love how this carrier model turned out and I am honored to welcome Alfred to ARC.  Beautiful work Alfred.

Dragan Cvetic is here with his great looking 1/72 Valom Md-450 Ouragan.  Dragan built this one out of the box with the addition of some aftermarket decals.  Dragan gave it sharks mouth and subtle weathering. 

Here's a product article for the The Nutter Set - Scale Model Nuts & Rivets from The Small Shop.  This tool is a A Revolution in Ultra Detailing! 


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Sunday,  July 14  2019

France National Day


Friday,  July 12  2019

Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day


Thursday,  July 11  2019

Mongolia National Celebration Day

Klaasjan Schuuring has built a great looking 1/32 Special Hobby Hawker Tempest II High Tech.  This is not an easy kit to build due to poor fit, but in the hands of a persistent modeler, it does build into a fine looking Tempest as you will see in Klaasjan's photos.  The addition of extra detailing parts makes this a very interesting kit to build. 

Francisco "Block50" Gutierrez joins us from Chile with his first model on ARC.  This is his amazing 1/48 G.W.H F-15I Ra´am.  Francisco had a very busy time detailing, weathering and finishing his beautiful Ra´am which included over 500 stencil decals.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 intake correction set from Zactomodels This detail set is designed for the Trumpeter Su-27B kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 PBM-5A Mariner Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Minicraft kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  July 10  2019

Invasion of Sicily - Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 

Mike Muth has done a stunning job on the big 1/32 Wingnut Wings Fokker E. III.  Mike chose the markings for the aircraft flown by German Ace Ernst Udet.  Everything about this model is a treat to see.

Dragan Cvetic has done an impressive job on the 1/72 Testors YF-23.  Dragan added detailing to the cockpit and gave it a flawless paint job and markings from Caracal Decals.

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Tuesday,  July 9  2019

Argentina Independence Day


Monday,  July 8  2019
Carl Jarosz starts your week with his colorful 1/48 Hasegawa a F-18F Super Hornet VFA-41 Black Aces.  This is a CAG bird Carl that added resin seats and scratchbuilt engine FOD covers before giving it a subtle weathering job fitting a CAG jet.  This one is perfect.

Shawn “phantom” Weiler also joins us with his colourful 1/48 Italeri CC-130E Hercules.  Shawn gives some insight into the build process.  I do like that he chose the earlier more colourful C-130 paint scheme used by the RCAF using some aftermarket decals to get the exact airframe he wanted.  I love it.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Bending Folding Blade 5 Inch from The Small Shop. This tool is for bending and folding PE parts. Complements the 5 Speed Tool head Workstation (This item is included with the 5 Speed tool).


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Sunday,  July 7  2019

Solomon Islands National Day


Saturday,  July 6  2019

Comoros Independence Day

Malawi Republic Day


Friday,  July 5  2019

Cape Verde National Day

Venezuela Independence Day

Patrick Vossenberg is here with  his stunning 1/48 Hasegawa/Eduard A-4F Skyhawk that was intended for yesterday.  Patrick added quite a bit of extra detailing using resin and photo etch and a gave his Skyhawk a full weapons load and an impressive weathering job.  Enjoy his photos. 

Byron Leal is here with his second model on ARC.  This is his 1/48 AH-1S Cobra finished in desert camo and Israeli markings.  Well done Bryon, I love it.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 T-38 Talon / F-5 Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels from MasterThe gun barrels are hollow on the end.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  July 4  2019

United States of America Independence Day

Rwanda Liberation Day

    Happy 4th  to all the ARC Americans 

No update today.  I got roped into working a double shift at my jobs today.

Wednesday,   July  3  2019  
No update today.

Tuesday,  July 2  2019

Orlando Sucre Rosales is a very special modeller from Caracas, Venezuela and today he is here with his 1/144 Academy Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina.  This was a challenging build as you will read in Orlando's article, but he stuck with it and created a truly excellent looking PBY.


Mike Krahn has created something very special.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya / Lone Star Models XP-72 with the contra-rotating propeller and a fantastic looking bare metal finish.  Mike also scratchbuilt seatbelts to complete the cockpit.

Here's a product article for the 8" Mk R Multi-head Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small ShopSecures parts up to 8" long – Second largest Photo Etch Bender on the Market!

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  July 1  2019

Burundi Independence Day

Canada  Day

Rwanda Independence Day

    Happy Canada Day to all the ARC Canucks 

I'm taking today off and enjoying Canada Day with my wife and daughter.