your week with his 1/48
Tamiya Spitfire Mk1. Louis added his
usual skillfully done scratchbuilding along with some Eduard photo
etch seatbelts and carefully applied weathering to complete his
Ojados Gonzalez has done a
marvelous job building and finishing his 1/48
Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II.
Juan used Eduard Photo Etch all around his Harrier and finished it
off in Spanish Navy markings and displayed it on a Spanish Navy
carrier deck display base.
Burns has been
busy building the big
Airfix Messerschmitt Bf-109E-3. Lee
chose the 1940 markings for German Ace Josef 'Pip' Priller and went
the extra mile on the rich detail prospects of this older kit with
very pleasing results. The paint scheme is for the yellow
nosed 109's with a gently application of weathering to tone things
here with his very classy looking
Heller RF-84F Thunderflash. Dennis
has high regards for this old kit and his finished models shows off
the lines of this jet very well. It's a treat to see
this RF-84F Thunderflash.
have a review of he new 1/48
A-10A Barksdale's Dogpatchers decal sheet
This sheets includes 10....yes 10 different A-10s
from the 47th FS from Barksdale AFB. LA.....all with nosea art from
the popular American comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp comic strip.
The prototype A-10A+ SATCOM jet is included in this decal sheet.
has done a first class job on his bare metal
1/72 Monogram F-104C Starfighter.
John has a helpful masking tip if you are using Model Master Buffing
Metalizers for your next bare metal finish.
Héctor Fabian Vidales
(Pinino 13) joins us from Argentina
with his 1/72 Italeri Messerchmitt Me 210.
did quite the job carefully weathering his Me 210 to achieve very
realistic looking results.
Mar 29 2008
has done an
exceptionally nice job on his 1/72 Hobby Boss A-7A.
Nick got all the details looking right and finished it off with a
hi-viz paint scheme with just the right amount of weathering.
Check out the cockpit.....Nick did a stunning job in there.
enjoyable time building this 1/72 Revell Ka-52 "Alligator".
Vivek captures the look of the Ka-52 "Alligator" very well.
Mar 28 2008
I'm pleased to announce the
new Two Mikes website at www.twomikesresin.com
Go have a look, they have some product on there and more product will be
released in the coming months. I added their site to the ARC links
starts today with his very nicely done
1/72 Heller RC/135A Pacer Swan
that Charles built for a friend. Charles
started with the Heller KC/135A kit and did a bit of work to convert
it to the RC/135A and finished it off with extra decals for a very
has done a
marvelous job finishing his 1/48 Kitech Hawker Sea Fury FB11.
Jason built his Sea fury mostly out of the box and then finished it
off with a masterful paint job and weathering.
very smart detailing on his 1/48 Revell F/A-18E.
If you read his article you'll get some very good ideas about thing
to try if you build this kit. And the patchy paint job has the
exact look of a Navy bird after some time at sea.
Serge Dompierre joins
us with 1/28 Revell Sopwith Camel F-1.
Serge did a fantastic job on his big Sopwith Camel and finished it off
in the markings for the Canadian pilot that was shooting at the Red
Baron the moment he was shot down. The demise of the Red Baron
is credited to the Canadian pilot as well as an Australian gunner on
the ground with recent tests showing the Aussie gunner having a
No update today......I
spent all Wednesday going across the border in the US with a U-Haul
pick-up truck and car transporter trailer to officially "Export"
my newly acquired '73 Triumph GT6 from the US and "Import" it
into Canada. I'm pleased to say the whole day went perfectly and by
7pm I went to bed and slept 12 hours straight.....which I haven't done in
a very long time (years?). It is good to finally have the car home
in my garage. I'll get some pictures of the poor little thing and
post them on ARC as soon as the rain stops.
Hal Marshman Sr starts
things off today with his article on Deutsches Afrika Korps Uniforms.
If you're adding figures to a diorama.....this info will answer many of
very busy building his 1/48 Eduard Fw-190-8.
THis 190 is loaded with detail including gun and engine
compartments. Alan tells some of the possible tricks to
building this kit. I must say I REALLY liked the level of
detail Alan achieved.
Max Tollens Jr.
has done a
marvelous job building and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4M Skyhawk.
Max added aftermarket goodies to improve the detail and accuracy on
his Skyhawk and finished it off with aftermarket decals.
has gone to great
lengths to detail his
1/48 Revell B-1B Lancer.
If you're planning on building the BIG BONE....then you've got to
sit back and read Alan's article and check out his photos.
Very nice indeed.
busy scratchbuilding and adding aftermarket details to his
1/48 Tamiya P-51D.
Pascal has also taken some first class photos of his Mustang.
Greece Independence Day
Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier landings (1944)
starts this special Greek update with
his 1/32 Revell
Thanos has put a huge amount of effort scratchbuilding detail for
his Typhoon and in 1/32 you can add a lot of detail if you are as
talented as Thanos.
has been careful getting the details
accurate on his 1/72 Revell (Esci) F-5B Freedom Fighter.
beauty is in Hellenic
markings and various panels are different colours showing part
scavenged from other planes.
Excellent work Yiannis.
has done a "work of art"
creating his 1/32 Revell P-38 Lightning
This plane has plenty of detail in it's beaten up state in this
is here with a very special 1/48 Hasegawa A-7E.
This is the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) "Mount Olympus" A-7.
added extra detail and made the decals and markings
himself.....which is not an easy job. The finished model looks
Giannis Doxas is
here with his award winning 1/48 C-130H Hercules.
Giannis did a HUGE amount of scratchbuilding on this Hercules and you
must sit back and grab a coffee or tea and have a long look at the
photos.....the detail work is unbelievable.
has done a lovely job adding
aftermarket items to improve the detail on his
1/72 Hasegawa F-4E.
Nikos tells the history behind these ex-American F-4's and their
service in the Hellenic Air Force (HAF)
No update today......I've
been busy all Easter weekend with my kids.
200 hours building and finishing his 1/32 Academy F-16 CG/CJ.
Andy jazzed up the cockpit with some aftermarket goodies, which is
critical in a kit this size.
has done an
exceptionally nice job weathering his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair.
Get a good look at this one, she's a beauty.
Mar 22 2008
today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Corsair II A-7E.
Paolo replaced the kit cockpit with an Aries resin pit and went with
the Twobobs decals to get the markings for this beautiful looking
is here with his 1/48 Lindberg Gloster Gladiator.
This is an older kit but in Richard's capable hands it turned out
extremely well. Richard tells the story of this particular
aircraft defending Malta during the summer of 1940 when the BOB was
in full swing in back home in the UK.
Namibia Independence Day
Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force
Man oh man it sure is good
to be home and in my own bed. The US was great fun as it always is.
Douglas K. L. Chan
with Part 2 of his 2 part article on building, converting
and detailing his 1/32 Tamiya
Today Douglas shows you some cool detailing tricks for the big
for the first time today with his 1/48 Tamiya Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a.
I'm pleased to see Tate's excellent looking Me-262 on ARC and I look
forward to seeing more of his work on ARC in the future.
Welcome to ARC Tate!!!
has done a
marvelous job building and finishing his 1/48 Academy MiG-21MF.
I love the desert camo on this one.
us with his first article on ARC. I'm pleased to show you his
outstanding 1/48 Hobbycraft BF-109G-6.
Eugene chose to go with the markings
of Kroatian Ace which is different and quite
interesting. It's good to see Eugene's model on the
homepage and I look forward to more of his work on ARC in the
Welcome to ARC Eugene!!!
Tunisia National Day
It's 10pm Thursday
night. I've just returned from a very long 5 day 2,200 mile
(3,600km) car trip to San Francisco with my 11 year old daughter.
the trip was to close the deal on a 1973 Triumph GT6 that I bought while
she was out from school on spring break. Although it is a tired 34
year old car.....it is mostly rust free and surprisingly original and will
make a good restoration project for us in the future. My daughter
and I plan to use it for attending local British car shows. I've
dreamed of owning a GT6 for 30 years......odd I never bought one
considering how cheap un-restored examples are.
Sadly my internet
connection at the various motels was non-existent most nights. The
last attempt at uploading an update only erased the home page before the
connection permanently crashed without permitting me to upload a new
homepage. My apologies for the confusion this must have caused
I'll upload an update
for Friday. The trip was a riot.....but it's good to be home.
Mar 19 2008
No update today.
Mar 18 2008
Douglas K. L. Chan
starts today with Part 1 of his two
part article on building the 1/32 Tamiya F-14B Tomcat.
Douglas REALLY went to town on this one......you have to check out
the cockpit detail and his other work. Amazing work.
has done an excellent job on his
baremetal 1/48 Tamiya P51D Mustang.
Jason chose the blue nosed kit markings for his sharp looking
has done up an outstanding
1/48 Hasegawa F-4G.
I think Greg has covered everything I'd want to consider when
building the F-4G and Greg explains it all very well in his
Serge Dompierre stopped
by with his 1/48 Promodeler TA-154.
Serge added PE seatbelt to his otherwise oob build. These radar
equipped aircraft always look great.
Ireland - St. Patrick's Day
I had problems with my
internet connection on Sunday and was unable to load the update. You
will find the Sunday update included below today's update.
Gonzalo D. Mendoza
week with his 1/48 Italeri F-15C.
The is the special White Dragon airshow bird used by the Japanese
SDF. Gonzalo used the decals from Twobobs and did a tiny bit
of scratch building to make his F-15 an F-15J. Man I love
these Japanese airshow birds. Looks very good Gonzalo.
Alan Williamson has
done a fine job detailing and finishing his
1/48 Hasegawa F-16C.
Alan added a resin cockpit from Blackbox and went with the very
amusing "how's My Driving?" decals from Twobobs. I
always get a kick out of seeing this jet in these markings and Alan
did her up right.
Rafi Ben-Shahar is
here with one of my favorites. This is his
1/72 Italeri Mistel I.
This is the Mistel with the Bf-109 on top and I always marvel at the
fact someone actually thought up this design. Rafi built it
out of the box in his usual very high quality. It's always a
treat to see Rafi's work on ARC.
joins us from Turkey with his first
model on ARC. This is Serhat's 1/72 Revell C-160 Transall
finished off in the ever attractive Turkish
Air Force makings. Serhat built his C-160 mostly out of the
box with very good results. Welcome to ARC Serhat!!!
has done an excellent job on the
1/32 Trumpeter A-7E Corsair.
This Corsair II was built mostly out of the box with some critical
detailing to move this high viz jet to a higher level. Nicely
is on a bit
of a bi-plane trend and this is his 1/72 Revell Swordfish.
He built this one partly as a trip down memory lane....it's an older
kit but I suspect this was very much part of the charm of building
it for Michel. Michel also did a bit of scratchbuilding to add
to the somewhat limited detail on this classic kit......with very
Mar 15 2008
with one of the sleekest looking Cold War Soviet jets I've
seen. this is his 1/72 Amodel Yakovlev Yak-28P Firebar.
J.C. put quite a bit of effort into this model
with excellent results and it show in the photos of the finished
Angelo M Picardo
is here with his beautifully done 1/48 Monogram B-17F.
Angelo tells about the local history in the area in the UK where
these bomber bases were located. Nicely done B-17 Angelo.
Mar 14 2008
had a grand time building this 1/48 Tamiya RAF Mustang III.
Although this Mustang is built out of the box, Michel shows much
skill in the painting and weathering job on this RAF Mustang.
very creative in kit bashing to create his
1/48 Monogawa F-104.
John combined the Monogram and Hasegawa kit along with resin and
photo etch goodies in the cockpit to create this Luftwaffe beauty.
Robert T. Rio
the almost impossible. He took the
1/48 Kitech-Zhengdefu F-111A
which is a very poor quality kit and
built it up into an impressive model. The scratchbuilding in
the cockpit is very impressive when you consider what Robert had to
starts things off
today with his article In Memory of Meteor Productions.
Tony includes quite a few photos of the insides of Meteor
Productions....including displays and shelves and shelves of
busy building his very nicely done 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18C.
Stefano finished his Hornet in "Chippy Ho" markings and
displayed it on a carrier deck diorama base. Looks good
from warm sunny Brazil with his 1/72 Academy P-40M.
Mario added extra detailing in the cockpit and finished off his P-40
in the markings of a Brazilian Warhawk complete with nose art.
A sharp looking model with finely done weathering.
is here with a seldom seen aircraft
model. This is Oliver's well done
1/72 KP Ilyushin IL10 / Avia B.33
finished off in North Korean markings from the Korean War.
Oliver provides some history on this particular aircraft. It's
good to see this one.
"Phantom" Weiler is
here with two of his 1/48
Trumpeter RF-5C Vigilante.
These are from a time when markings were more colourful and
Shawn did select some excellent markings for them.
Lyle Brown is
here with his Austrian Saab Draken Artwork.
Lyle is an accomplished artist and he does a variety of themes
is here to shock
the rivet counters and give the rest of us a darn good chuckle with
his Revell Spitfire.
I love it!!! Kevin article is a very amusing read as well.
has done a
marvelous job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Academy Mig-29UB.
Tyler used a variety of aftermarket items and then finished it off
with aftermarket decals which include sharks mouth. This is
one great looking Fulcrum.
is here with 3 excellent looking
1/48 Dragon Focke Wulf Fw-190A6/8/9-R/11.
These are the radar equipped night fighters with the delicate
antennas under the wings. These night fighters always look
good but Rafi took them to a new level.
is here with his
Revell/Esci F-5B that has an Ayrton Senna
added extra scratchbuilt details to bring this older kit up to
today's high standards of details. It's amazing how well these
older kits look with some of effort and
Serge Dompierre starts
your week with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Me-109G-10.
This is a late war 109 in quite the paint scheme. Nicely done
has done a fine job building his 1/48 Tamiya F-16CJ.
Bill built his Viper out of the box with some very fine
results......as we've come to expect from Bill.
has done a lovely job on his
1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk.IIc.
Burt built his Hurrie out of the box and finished it in a 2 tone
grey paint scheme with very good results. It's good to see it.
got the barematal finish looking just
right on his 1/48 Italeri Dassault Mirage III E.
Charlie chose to finish his Mirage in one of my favourite
markings......the jumping Roo national markings from Australia.
is here to show you his A6M2b artwork.
This particular plane was the A6M2b from the IJN carrier Akagi
piloted by Lt. Commander Shigeru Itaya, 2nd Squadron - 1st Section -
Aircraft #1 December 7, 1941
your Sunday update with the classic 1/48 Tamiya Nakajima Ki84-IA.
Rai chose a bare metal Ki-84 and finished it in a multi-shade bare
metal finish complete with chipped and peeling paint and
weathering including gun powder stains. Rai also added seatbelts
to enhance the cockpit detail.
Shawn "Phantom" Weiler
with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-18E CVW-8
Pt 21. Shawn has this kit
all figured out as you'll see by his high viz model in VFA-31
markings. You rock Shawn!!!
Mar 8 2008
Sam Chia fires
things off today with his flawless 1/48
Revell Monogram Republic F-105D Thud.
Sam chose to rescribe his 105 and add a True
Details resin cockpit and finish it off with Twobobs decals.
Sam's model shows just how fine this kit is in the hands of a skilled
Williamson joins us from Downunder with
Hasegawa F6F Hellcat.
Alan dressed up his Hellcat with the Aires
resin cockpit and finished it off with aftermarket decals that sport
a menacing looking sharks mouth.....good choice. Alan gave it
a careful weathering and added it to an aircraft carrier display
Mar 7 2008
I'm looking for an ARC'er
that lives in the Blaine
area of Washington state. I'm buying an old car from California and
I need a driveway close to the border to park the car for a few days.
is here with his fantastic super
detailed 1/35 Trumpeter MIL-4 Hound.
What can I say.....your jaw will drop when you see this one.
If you e-mail Oliver and ask him to send in a bigger article with
more photos.....we might be lucky enough to really see how he built
this detailed beauty.
Mark A. Sindiong joins
us from warm and sunny Hawaii with his very well done
1/48 Trumpeter RA-5C Vigilante.
Mark built this Vigi in Vietnam War markings to be presented to the
pilot of this particular aircraft. The pilot was a POW after
this aircraft was shot down. Read Mark's article for the full
story. Welcome to ARC Mark!!!
Jose Maria Martinez Fernandez
has been busy getting
the details right on this 1/48 Dragon Ju-188 diorama.
I love how well this Ju-188 looked in the end.
here with his 1/32 Hasegawa F-104A
off in the rare
paint scheme for an F-104 chase plane in the X-15 program. I
must admit the bright markings of these chase planes always look
good. Steve added extra scratch built detail and custom
markings to finish his Starfighter.
Ghana Independence Day
I was busy all day
Wednesday fixing the remaining links in the Model Gallery archives, so I
had little time for an update today. My apologies, but I'll get a
proper update ready for tomorrow.
with a very special 1/32 Williams Bros Gee Bee.
This particular Gee Bee is pink and covered in red hearts......a
gift for his special lady. Way to go!!! I'm sure she
joins us from
Germany with Franz's first article on ARC. This is a
combination of the
1/72 Hasegawa & Revell F-111B.
Franz put much effort into this sharp looking F-111 and finished it
off with long out of production decals.
has done a
marvelous job building and finishing the 1/72 Hasegawa Macchi Mc 202.
Michel used a very easy technique for the doing the 'smoke
rings' for the Italian camo scheme.
Vince Lucente has put quite a bit of
effort into building and finishing his 1/48 Fonderie Miniature Bell Aircraft X-2.
Vince tells the full story of this ill fated aircraft and it's final
sad flight. Vince did quite the job on his X-2.
Mar 4 2008
a heads up from Bob over at Twobobs.....The
new sheets are packaged up and going out in today's mail! The
best sellers of this group are 48-156 F-16C Wolfpack Bandits and the
two QF-4E Heritage sheets. The rest are selling very well also but
the three mentioned above sure are doing well.
starts things off
today with his first article on ARC. This is his 1/48 Italeri UH-1D
weathering and U.S ARMY 7/1ST Cavalry markings from 1970 during the
Vietnam War era. I'm pleased to see Charles send in photos of
his Huey and I look forward to seeing more of his work on ARC.
Welcome to ARC Charles!!!
has created a wonderful
1/18 CF-18 Hornet
for 425 Squadron in Bagotville, Quebec. This was originally one
of those big "toy" F-18's and Dan transformed it into a
CF-18 complete with Canadian markings. It's now proudly
displayed for the pilots to enjoy.
Serge Dompierre has done an
exceptionally nice job building and finishing his 1/48 Revell
Serge built this one out of the box and then dressed it up with some
extra care during the painting process.
joins us with
a well done 1/72 Heller Mirage IIIE.
This Mirage IIIE is in Brazilian markings and includes a story that
connects it to the Falklands war. Well done!!
I'm pleased to report the
gallery section rebuild is complete. This was a massive job
requiring much work to each individual article....one by one over many
many months. There are a few dead links that I will be fixing
over the next few days. All the gallery archiving is also complete
and up to date.
here from Thailand to get your week started with his
1/72 Hasegawa Jaguar.
You've got to check out the retirement scheme on this Jaguar.
Wow!!! I love it.
Helder "Luft46" Millani
is here with a very futuristic looking Luft46 aircraft. This
is the 1/48 Focke Wulf Fw-190 V19 Special.
I enjoy the designs of the Luft46 aircraft and I found this
particular aircraft to look very plausible. Helder did an
excellent job on this one.....I'm very impressed how well it looks.
busy enjoying adding detail and a beautifully done paint job to his
fine looking 1/48
Hobby Boss Rafale B.
Andy describes this kit very well and tells how he created his
in-flight Rafale. Check out his very realistic in-flight
photos. This is Andy's first article on ARC and I hope to see
more of his models on ARC in the future. welcome to ARC
Mar 2 2008
No update today.
Mar 1 2008
No updates this
weekend. I'm focusing on uploading files to the gallery section.