Homepage Text - October 2003

Friday, Oct 31  2003

  Happy Halloween 

John Pearson is here with his first article on ARC.  This is John's big 1/32 Tamiya F-4J.  He's done some truly inspiring work on his Phantom and I know you'll enjoy it.  Welcome to ARC John. 

Marlon Guevara is here with a very special model.  This is Buttercup's  Spitfire featuring one of the characters from the popular childrens TV Cartoon....Power Puff Girls.  Way to go Marlon!!!

Sam Harvey has dropped by with his first model article on ARC today.  This is Sam's 1/48 Tamiya F-15C Eagle.  Sam choose some great decals to finish off his very nice F-15.  Welcome to ARC Sam.

Rodney Williams is here to shake things up a bit with his A Lavender Pink Cadillac Convertible.  Usually we don't have many car models on ARC.....but it's Halloween....so it's time to have a bit of fun and shake things up. 

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/32 F-15C Eglin Gorillas Decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics It seems the Twobobs have been listening to the 1/32 Eagle builders. 

I have a review of the 1/32 SJU-9/10 Ejection Seat with molded in seat belts and ejection handle from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  Now you guys building a non-US F-18 can get this seat and do your jet up right.

Eli at Albatros Modelworks has sent some preview images of his upcoming B-24 Liberator decals from Zotz Decals.

Thursday, Oct 30  2003 
No update today.  I have been busy tending to Halloween projects at home and at my kids school.

Wednesday, Oct 29  2003  

   Republic Day in Turkey 

Today the modellers from Turkey have a very special update for you to enjoy.  All the modeller's in today's update are from Turkey.

Rahmi Kocaman joins us with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/48 Rafale B done up in a "What if..." Tan Splinter Scheme with Turkish markings.  This is a fascinating plane and paint scheme....beautifully done model.  Welcome to ARC Rahmi!!! 

Ahmet Cagri Acikgoz has many models in today's update.  His first article is about his 1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter TF Mk.X.  Very nicely built and a treat to see. 

Kaan Gök has dropped by with his first of two models today.  This is his 1/32 Hasegawa F-16C finished off in Turkish markings.....as usual from Kaan.....this one is a  beauty. 

Ahmet Cagri Acikgoz is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G.  This particular F-104 is packed with detail....go slow and enjoy this photos. 

Ozkan Turker is here with his first article on ARC today.  this is his 1/18 MPM Me 262.  This is a very expensive kit and a very difficult kit to finish.  Ozkan is definitely a master modeller to finish this kit and to finish it so well.  Welcome to ARC Ozkan.  

Ahmet Cagri Acikgoz has a  second 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G for you to enjoy.  This is his bare metal Starfighter.  Very well done.

Kaan Gök has a second article today....this is his 1/72 Hasegawa X-29.  I love the design of this aircraft. 

Tamer Ozkan is here for the first time today.  This is his 1/48 Flashback Miles Magister Anti Malaria.  Tamer has provided some history on this little plane.  Welcome to ARC Tamer.

Tolga Ulgur has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk.1.  It's a treat to see this one....gotta' love those Typhoons. 

Ahmet Cagri Acikgoz did some converting to create his 1/48 Academy/Airwaves Spitfire PR Mk.XIX.  He also provides some history on this Spitfire. 

Kursad Albayraktar is here for the first time today.  He brought along his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop.  this is yet another fantastic example of the huge variety of aircraft flown by Turkey. 

Ahmet Cagri Acikgoz also has his 1/48 Testors Lysander Mk.II to show you today.....and this one is also finished in Turkish markings. 

Ufuk Aydıner has built a 1/32 Hasegawa Me-109 G6/R6.  I love the paint scheme on this one!!! 

H.Ufuk Aydıner has sent in some walkaround photos of a AH-1W  in Turkish Markings.

Tuesday, Oct 28  2003

    Czech Republic National Day    

        Greek National Day  

Wow....the ARC'ers in the Czech Republic have worked hard to provide you with a HUGE update today....13 models and a couple of reviews.  Well done everyone....enjoy your holiday!!!

Jan Mikes has been very busy putting together his article featuring many of his Czech aircraft models.  Sit back and enjoy his 1/72 WW2 Czechoslovak Air Force: Single Engine Fighters....there is plenty of excellent aircraft in Jan's article. 

Petr Kacal is here with his first article on ARC.  Petr has 6 articles on ARC today.  The first one is his 1/72 MPM C-6 (Z-181).  An interesting little 2 seater.

Charles P. Kalina is a huge fan of the Czech Republic.  He's back again this year with his Second-Annual 1/72 Scale Tribute.  Here he features some of his Czech aircraft built during the past year specifically for this update on ARC.  Way to go Charles!! 

Petr Kacal is here with his little blue glider.  This is his 1/72 MiKu XLF-207 “Laminar“.  Looking good Petr!! 

Radim Schimmer is here with one of the more famous Czech aircraft.  This is his 1/72 Revell Avia S-99 (Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10).  A Czech update wouldn't be complete without at least one of these.  Nicely done article and model Radim. 

Petr Kacal is here with his 1/72 RS Models Avia B-35.02.  This aircraft almost has wings like a Spitfire but the landing gear is fixed. 

Marek Mincbergr has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasegawa Avia C-10 (Bf 109G-10).  This is Marek's first article on ARC.....and this is the perfect day to display a Avia C-10.  welcome Marek. 

Petr Kacal is here with his 1/72 RS Models Avia B-35.03.  This is another interesting pre-war Czech aircraft.  Good job on the baremetal finish and the wooden prop.

David Koktavı is here for the first time.  This is David's 1/72 Eduard L-39 C.  A beautiful job on this little trainer aircraft.  Welcome to ARC David. 

Petr Kacal is here with his 1/72 MH Vacu Be-550 “BIBI“.  Yet another interesting aircraft....well done Petr. 

Jaroslav Hajecek is here with his 1/72 Bílek (Italeri) Su-22M4.  This is one of the more classic Cold War fighters.  This is Jaroslav's first article on ARC as well.  Welcome to ARC Jaroslav. 

Petr Kacal has dropped by with his 1/72 Dubena Yak-17.  A very interesting aircraft.  It seems the Czech's flew a huge variety of aircraft. 

David Matusek has the 13th model today.  This is David's 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire I.  This isn't a Czech aircraft, but David is from the Czech Republic, so it's only fitting his Spitfire should go on ARC today. 

I have a review of the new F-16 A, B, MLU, C, D reference book from HT Model MagazineThis books was produced by Peter Novorol'nik and Jozef And'al and it features over 400 images of the F-16.....this is a fantastic reference for F-16 modellers.

I have a review of the 1/48 P-51D Mustang Mania Part 3 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet features 4 mustangs....all with nose art.

Monday, Oct 27  2003

  Turkmenistan National Day 

 Ecuadorian Airforce Day  
    Saint Vincent and the Grenaidines Independence Day  

James Douthwaite begins your week with his 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X.  This is James's first article on ARC and what a beauty it is.....enjoy.  Welcome to ARC James. 

Libor Jekl is here with his 1/72 Academy Kittyhawk Mk.III (P-40M).  This particular P-40 is finished in RAF markings.  As always....a Sharks mouth just makes any plane look better.  This is Libor's first model on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Libor. 

Tony Leger is also here with his first model on ARC.  Tony decided to send in his stunning 1/48 Ukraine Su-27 Flanker.  The Su-27 looks great in any paint scheme, but Tony's choice of paint scheme has produced a real eye catcher.  welcome to ARC Tony.  

Darius Aibara has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier FRS1.  Darius has finished off his Harrier with some very special looking markings.  

I have a review of the new 1/144 Space Shuttle decals from Cutting Edge Modelworks  This decal sheet includes Space Shuttle Markings for ALL Shuttles & Missions!

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/48 Ebony Talons T-38A Decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics  This sheet permits you to build 3 different T-38's!!!! 

I am very pleased to report that due to popular demand, Albatros Modelworks is reprinting their 1/48 B-25 decal sheet which permits you to build numerous B-25.  There are quite a few B-25's on this sheet with sexy nose art.

I am also very pleased to report that due to popular demand, Albatros Modelworks is reprinting their 1/48 Mirage F-1 decal sheet which permits you to build numerous Mirages.  There is a fantastic variety of paint schemes on this decal sheet.

Mike has sent in some info on how to find another of those "coffee mug warmers".  these are excellent for keeping a bowl of decal water warm during a decal session.  The new one costs 9.99 and can be seen here....at Amazon.com of all places

Sunday, Oct 26  2003

  Austria National Day  

Bernd Korte has dropped by from Germany to honour the folks in Austria.  This is Bernd's 1/72 Heller Fouga Magister.  He finished it is Austrian markings with decals from  with IPMS-Austria.  Well done Bernd!!

Randy Lutz is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Dewoitine D.520.  Randy has included some history behind the markings on this particular aircraft.  Looking great as usual Randy.

Hung Hsiang (Eric) Tso joins us from Taiwan with a selection of his YF-29 F-S Wing Fighter 3D Digital Artwork.  No doubt about it.....this sounds very difficult to create. 

Saturday, Oct 25  2003    

Alexander Sidharta, Andreas Pramaditya and Iwan Winarta are here with their joint effort building of the 1/48 Academy Su-27 Flanker.  They wanted to be the first to build a Su-27 in Indonesian markings.  Well done guys!!

Mike Van Schoonhoven is here with his first article on ARC.  this is Mike's 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Razorback.  It is beautifully weathered and finished....check it out and enjoy.  Welcome to ARC Mike. 

Friday, Oct 24  2003    

  Zambia Independence Day 

Concorde makes her final flight today 

Frank Crenshaw heads up today's update with his 1/32 Pro Modeler Meserschmitt Bf 109G-4.  Frank has detailed the interior as well as added weathering/paint chipping to the exterior.  Frank is a long time regular on ARC and it's good to see his first article on ARC today.  You rock Frank!!!

Manuel J. Armas S. has dropped by from Peru with his 1/48 Academy MIG-29 UB.  Manuel's MiG-29 is finished in the marking for Peru.  This is his first article on ARC and I hope to see many more of his models on ARC in the future.  Beautiful work!!!

Jeff Brundt is here with his 1/48 Monogram He-111H-6.  This particular He-111 is finished with a load of torpedoes.  Jeff has provided lots of photos of his beautifully finished He-111.  Very nicely done Jeff.  

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/48 A-10A Black Lightning Bolt II Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  this is a unique paint scheme with historical roots.  Finally you can build a unique A-10.

Dan Butcher can't let this special day go by without some pictures of the British Airways Concorde.  His Concorde photos mark today....the day of the final flight of the Concorde. 

Todd Pomerleau is here to mark the retirement of the Concorde with some photos of Concorde visiting Toronto.  I look forward to finally seeing the Concorde up close in the future in a  museum. 

Thursday, Oct 23  2003    

Scott Samo is here with his stunning 1/32 Hasegawa Hi Grade Fw-190 D9.  This is Scott's first article on ARC.  I wish I could build a Dora that looked this good.  Welcome to ARC Scott!!! 

Busolini Massimo is here with his beautifully weathered 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E CrusaderWell done Busolini....it looks perfect.  

Ted Taylor has dropped by with his 1/35 Italeri/Academy AH-1W Super Cobra.  Ted has included a resin set in his Cobra to keep things interesting and add some extra detail.  Very nice indeed Ted. 

I have a review of the new 1/72 Space Shuttle decals from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheets includes Space Shuttle Markings for ALL Shuttles & Missions!

Brian P is here with his story about his SuperHornet Simulator Experienced

Dave Hollingsworth is here with 44 excellent Avro Lancaster detail photo....including engine photos. 

Wednesday, Oct 22  2003   
No update today.....I've been working a pile of extra hours at my job the past 2 weeks.....time to rest for a day.

Tuesday, Oct 21  2003 

   Somalia National Day 

  Trafalgar Day (Royal Navy Anniversary)   

Lou Anatrella is first up today with his 1/72 Italeri H-19B.  This is Lou's first article on ARC.  I hope to see more of his work on ARC in the future.  His H-19 is done up in USAF markings.  I quite enjoyed seeing this one......very nice attention to detail.  Welcome to ARC Lou!!

Cyrus Tan is here with his 1/48 Monogram F-18C.  Cyrus took home a 2nd place at the 2002 US National with his F-18.  He has done everything from pre-shading to weathering etc.  Hard to believe this is the Monogram F-18C.  Welcome to ARC Cyrus!!

Pete L'Heureux is here with his first article today.  This is Pete's 1/48 and 1/72 Gallery of Builds.  He has included a variety of Prop aircraft for your enjoyment.  Welcome to ARC Pete!! 

Tom Weinel has sent in some MiG-21SMT walkaround photos.

Monday, Oct 20  2003  

A reminder....LuckyModel.com has a new sale....you get a 5% discount for orders over US$20 and 5% of all sales go to support ARC.  You must enter the promotion code: ARC10 for the 5% to go to ARC.  And to get your 5% discount you must press "Get Discount" button when "Checking out" to receive your 5% discount.  It's a Win-Win situation all around.  I'd like to thank LuckyModel.com for their support in this way.

David Matusek kicks off your week with his 1/48 Eduard Yak-3.  David weathered his Yak to give it that realistic look.  This looks like a sweet kit.

John Carmichael has dropped by with his first article for ARC today.  John built this very special 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C for his Dad as an upcoming surprise gift.....John's Dad was a pilot in this and many other planes during his career.  Welcome to ARC John!!

George Ting has built the 1/72 Airfix British Westland Lynx Army AH.  I was quite pleased to see George's Lynx.....always good to see another Helo on ARC.......variety is a good and positive thing. 

I have a review of the 1/72 Space Shuttle Tile Pattern Decals from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  Now you can have thousands (?) of tiny tiles on the bottom of your space shuttle model.

Daniel Butcher has dropped by to begin a series of articles on airshows.  With the winter weather beginning in for the northern hemisphere.....Daniel felt some airshow pics were in order.  Today we begin with Duxford Airshow 2003.  Enjoy!!! 

SCALE PUBLICATIONS  has an upcoming P-38 Reference CD to tell you about.  Included on it will be a variety of images from P-38 art to P-38 photos.

Emmanuel Banon has sent in some Super Etendard walkaround photos.

Jim Flagg has sent in some SB2U Vindicator walkaround photos.

Sunday, Oct 19  2003  

Alan Williamson is here with his 1/48 Eduard P-400 Airacobra.  Alan's P-400 is weathering and has paint chipping as well as nose art.

Darius Aibara has dropped by with his 1/48 Sukhoi Su 37.  It's good to see a model of this rare bird. 

Saturday, Oct 18  2003  

Felix Shnir begins your Update with his first article on ARC.  Felix has built the 1/48 Academy Su-27 using the Linden Hill Ukrainian Decals.   Welcome to ARC Felix....I look forward to seeing more of your models in the future.

David Fredericks is also here with his first article on ARC.  He has built two 1/72 Academy P-47D's.  These Thunderbolts are in SEAC Colours.  Welcome to ARC David....very nicely done Jugs. 

Friday, Oct 17  2003  

Jonathan Polyakov begins your update with his first article on ARC.  This is Jonathon's 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair.  He folded the wings which always looks very good on a USN bird.  Welcome to ARC Jonathon. 

Somchai "Blackeyes" is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B Prowler.  A very nice build with some excellent artwork on the tail......you'll enjoy. 

Laurens Steffers is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vb.  This particular Spitfire is in Aeronautica Cobelligerante Italiana markings which is interesting to say the least.  Laurens did a very nice job on this one and used quite a few detail sets from Eduard. 

I have a review of the 1/144 Luna 1/2/3 and R-7 Booster Resin model kit the "Lift Off Series"  from Cutting Edge ModelworksIt's good to see the variety of Space Race items that are available from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  

Thursday, Oct 16  2003  

Small update today, I'm catching up on archiving "Review" articles.

For those of you that like to use Stainless Steel tubing for gun barrels etc.....I have a new source.  They are called K-Tube and they might be a source of miniature stainless tubing. Their FAQ talks about quite large minimum orders, so I'm not 100% sure if they are a good source for the tiny quantities we need.  Check out their website.  www.k-tube.com  I've added this info to the Stainless Steel Tubing article in the ARC Tools 'n' Tips section, so you can find the info in the future when you need it.

Kevin Jongen begins today's update with his first article on ARC.  this is Kevin's 1/48 Academy Spitfire FR.MK.XIVe.  Kevin gave his Spit subtle but very effective weathering.  Weathering sure does make the difference on a kit.....seems to bring them to life.  Welcome to ARC Kevin!!!  

Stewart Griffiths is here with his beautifully done 1/48 Airfix Red Arrow.  Stewart built this one for his Father-in-law.  I quite enjoyed seeing this one.

Randy Lutz is here with his 1/48 Nakajima Ki.27B "Nate".  Randy used a True Details resin cockpit and finished his model off with his usual impeccable attention to detail. 

Wednesday, Oct 15  2003  

LuckyModel.com has a new sale....you get a 5% discount for orders over US$20 and 5% of all sales go to support ARC.  You must enter the promotion code: ARC10 for the 5% to go to ARC.  And to get your 5% discount you must press "Get Discount" button when "Checking out" to receive your 5% discount.  It's a Win-Win situation all around.  I'd like to thank LuckyModel.com for their support in this way.  

Rodney Williams has dropped by today with his Oldsmobile Aerotech An Experimental Race Car.  Usually car models only appear on ARC during Silly Week....but what the heck.....exceptions to rules help to keep things interesting.  This car has the lines of an aircraft...almost.

Timothy Barnhart is here with the 1/48 Tamiya Me-262 A-1a.  This is Tim's first article on ARC and an excellent model and display base it is.  Welcome to ARC Tim!!!   

Feng Shi is here with the 1/100 Trumpeter An-12 (Y-8).  I thought today would be a good day for this article as China makes an attempt to launch a man into space.  Let's hope it all goes well.  Feng did a beautiful job on his AN-12 (Y-8).

Mike Yeo of Horizon ModelTech was recently able to Visit to the USS Nimitz (CVN-68).  Mike went with a bunch of friends and brought his camera along.  Good job Mike!!

I have a review of the 1/48 Bell X-1 GLAMOROUS GLENNIS from Cutting Edge Modelworks Your get markings for all the X-1 flights.

I have a review of the 1/48 B-1B Seek and Destroy Operation Iraqi Freedom from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  this decal sheet features the B-1 that tried to kill Saddam.....check out the cool noseart on this decal sheet.

Tuesday, Oct 14  2003  

John Moran is here with his 1/72 Gloster Javelin.  This has got to be one of the brighter paint schemes I've seen.  This is Johns first model on ARC and his 3rd model since re-entering the hobby.  Welcome to ARC John.

Michael Johnson is also a first time contributor today.  This is Michael's 1/48 Pro Modeller Dornier Do335-A1.  This one is also a beauty.  Welcome to ARC Michael. 

Mark McClellan has built a 1/65 Revell Chance Vought Regulus II.  This is one slick looking aircraft.  Nice one Mark. 

Josu Arévalo has dropped by with his 1/48 Italeri U2-R 'Senior Span'.  Josu ended up with a great looking U2 with interesting tail art from the movie "Who Shot Roger Rabbit".  This is Josu's first model on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Josu. 

I have a review of the new 1/48 Aggressive Scooters Pt.1 from Gekko Graphics (also available in 1/32 and 1/72).  this decal sheet features 4 different paint schemes for USN and USMC Adversary A-4's.  This one is sure to sell well.

I have a review of the 1/72 F-8F Bearcat  decal sheet featuring markings for the Royal Thai Air Force from Siam Scale Decals.  You get a choice of 3 different Thai Bearcats....all with artwork on the side of the fuselage. 

Monday, Oct 13  2003

  Thanksgiving Day in Canada  

Caz Dalton gets your week rolling with his 1/72 Roden Pfalz D.IIIa.  Once you see his 1/72 WW1 fighter I think you'll ponder buying one of the Roden kits and giving it a whirl.  It's always a treat to see Caz's models on ARC 

Kelly Quirk is back to treat you to his latest model.  this is Kelly's 1/48 AMT/Ertl (Italeri) S-3 Viking.  Kelly added  a resin Cockpit.....Paragon wingfolds and other work to this stunning Viking model.

Jorge Bonilla Alvarado has dropped by with his 1/48 Fujimi A6M3 Zero.  Jorge did an excellent job on the paint chipping on this Zero. 

Michael Keogh is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F9F-8 Cougar  done up in a colourful USN paint scheme.  Welcome to ARC Michael. 

I have a review of the 1/48 P-51D Mustang Mania Part 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis decal sheet contains 3 P-51's with nose art.......including nude noseart.

Barney Dunlevy is here with a couple of pics of his 1/1 scale Grumman Yankee.  Looks like fun Barney. 

Sunday, Oct 12  2003

  Bali Bombing 1 Year Anniversary 

  Spain National Day 

  Equatorial Guinea National Day  

Jerome Braure has dropped by with his big and very impressive Scratchbuilt 1/20th X-15.  This is the first time Jerome has scratch built a model.  I LIKE it!! 

Alan Williamson is here with his 1/48 Revell Junkers Ju 87 B-2 Stuka.  Alan chose the Snake paint scheme for his Ju-87, which is one of the more colourful paint schemes for the Stuka. 

Alessio Manca is here with an inbox preview of the 1/72 HighPlanes Models Bf-110 G4 Nightfigther.  This is a multi-media kit. 

Saturday, Oct 11  2003

Darius Aibara kicks off your weekend with his 1/48 Monogram A26-C Invader.  This particular Invader is sporting sexy nose art called "Dream Girl".  Darius has weathered his invader very effectively.....check out the exhaust stains on the engine cowls......beautifully done.

Chris Price & Joe McFeely  are sending in their first article to ARC.  Their article features two 1/48 Monogram  A-10 Hogs...one built by each of them.  Very nicely done set of Warthogs.  Welcome to ARC. 

I'm pleased to add Don Weixl's ARC'ers page to the ever gowing collection of ARC'ers pages.  Don has provided some great pics of his "drying Booth" and "Spray Booth".....not to mention his train layout and his modelling desk and more.

Matt Swan has done an Inbox preview of the new 1/48 Massi Models Resin Fiat RS.14....if you like float planes or seaplanes then you've got to check out this one.

Jörgen Toll has got another of his reviews.  Today it's the 1/48 Black Box  F-4E/F Resin Cockpit for the Hasegawa kit.  Ahhhh....where the heck were we before resin cockpits came on the market.  

Friday, Oct 10  2003

  Fiji National Day 

  Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day  

I will be attending the Vancouver B.C. model show on Saturday, but work commitments at my job mean I will have to leave the show around 1pm.  ARC meeting place will be 12 noon by aircraft models, I'll wear a white shirt. 

Fu Fong Chen (Thomas Fu) joins us from the Republic of China (Taiwan) with his 1/48 Monogram F-5F.  This is Thomas's first time on ARC.  He's an accomplished modeller and artist....you can see 2 of his oil painting further down in today's update.  Welcome Thomas.

Robert Keng has been working hard to get today's special update together.  Here is his 1/48 Monogram F-5F painted and finished in RoCAF Aggressor F-5F markings and paint scheme.  This is also Robert's first article on ARC.  Welcome Robert 

Fu Fong Chen (Thomas Fu) has 2 of his oil paintings for you to enjoy.  They both feature Taiwanese F-86's.  I hope you enjoy his Republic of China F-86's in battle F-86F air combat oil paintings as much as I did.  I've included larger images for folks that want to use these as wallpaper on their computer. 

Robert Keng is also here with a history article about Republic of China (Taiwan) F-86's in battle.  Americans will enjoy reading about the American connection in this story as well as the first kill by the sidewinder. 

My e-mail program deleted all e-mails received between Sept 22 and all the way up to and including Sept 29.  If you sent me an e-mail during those 8 days please resend them.  Sorry folks.

Andy Lee is here with his 1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000.  This special model is finished off with the Mirage 2000 Tiger decals by Twobobs. 

Alan Williamson has today's prop article....this is Alan's 1/48 Pro Modeler Focke Wulf Fw 190G-2/-3.  Alan's article contains history on the Fw-190 and the construction of his model which Alan finished off with some weathering. 

Thursday, Oct 9  2003 

  Uganda Independence Day 

First off....I'm pleased to report all model articles and walkarounds are now archived.  If your article is missing, send me an e-mail.  I will be archiving the review articles next.   Future articles will be archived within days of going on ARC

Juan Ramon Garcia Martin begins today's update with his 1/72 Italeri IAF Spitfire.  This particular plane has some interesting history behind it.  Juan added exhaust stains and other weathering to his Spitfire.  

Lyle 'Tilt' Katchur has finished his 1/48 Hasegawa CF-18  "Balkan Rat".  Lyle finished his CF-18 with Leading Edge decalsHis in-flight display is quite effective looking.  Enjoy!!  

Mark Bloyd is here with his 1/48 Tamiya A-1H Skyraider.  Mark used a Cutting Edge resin cockpit and some photoetch detail items to finish his Skyraider.  I quite liked the markings on this one.  

Mark McClellan has been inspired by Alvis to build his own flying wing.  Here is Mark's 1/72 AMT/Ertl PS-2 Boomerang .......finished in Aussie markings.  You'll be amused by the special markings on the underside. 

I have a review of the recently released 1/48 A-10A Killer Chick 75th Fighter Squadron Sharks decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics The 3 planes on this decal sheet were involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Wednesday, Oct 8  2003   

Marv Mays begins your Wednesday update with his 1/48 Monogram EA-6B Prowler.    Marv built his Prowler as a CAG bird.  His article include lots of pictures and info on the many modifications he did to his Prowler.

Ted Taylor is here with his recently completed 1/48 Dynavector De Havilland NF21/F20 Sea HornetTed has provided a feature article with inprogress photos for you all to enjoy. 

Fernando Azurdia is here from Guatemala with his 1/72 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a.  I quite enjoyed the level of details on this one.....including the PE seatbelts. 

Randy Lutz has built the 1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima Ki.27B "Nate".  Randy did his usual superb job on this one. 

Jeff Brundt is here with a nice selection of pics of His office/work area.  Lookin' great Jeff!!! 

I have a review of the new 1/32 Fw 190D-9  Part 1 decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet features 2 Dora's and one of those has noseart.

Tuesday, Oct 7  2003   

No update today......I had many family activities to tend to and this left no time to prepare an update.  

Monday, Oct 6  2003   

Anthony Manzoli has built the 1/32 Revell Bf-109G-4.  For markings Anthony built his 109 as Gunther Rall's Bf109G-2.  Excellent workmanship on this one. 

Andy Frill has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasagawa A-7 Corsair.  Andy went to extra effort to detail this one.....sit back and enjoy his article over your morning tea/coffee. 

Sean 'beagle' Chua is here with his 1/100 Trumpeter AN-12.  Sean's plane is finished off in Chinese markings.  Interesting plane.......good job Sean.

Alan Williamson is here with his 1/48 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet Alan was not fully pleased about this kit, but the finished model came out looking pretty good.

I have a review of a new 1/48 F-86A/E Sabres Part 1 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  this sheet features 3 Sabres...one has nude nose art, another is a jet that did the fly past for President Eisenhower's inauguration.  All 3 Sabres feature some sort of nose art.

Sunday, Oct 5  2003 

Small update today, I'm catching up on archiving articles.

Saturday, Oct 4  2003      

  Lesotho National Day  

David Horn starts today's update with his 1/48 Hasagawa F-15C Eagle.  It's always a treat to see David's work on ARC. 

Ivan Kuzmenko joins us with his first article on ARC.  This is Ivan's 1/72 Italeri Heinkel He-111 H6.  Ivan did up his Heinkel in the desert paint scheme and then added some paint chipping.  Welcome to ARC Ivan.  Your Heinkel looks very nice.

Marko Skukan is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya Me 262A-1A with plenty of detail added including an exposed engine and other resin and PE detail parts.  Welcome to ARC Marko. 

I have a Preview of 5 new Bf-109 decal sheets from  Cutting Edge Modelworks in 1/24 and 1/48 scale.  Lots of good variety in paint schemes here.

Chris McArthur has some pictures and scans of the 1/48 Verlinden A-6E update set.  Thanks Chris!!! 

Friday, Oct 3  2003

  Germany National Day 

I'd like to begin by wishing all my friends in Germany a very Happy Holiday.

Darius Aibara is here to honor the German National Day with his 1/48 Monogram F-104G Starfighter in German markings.  Always good to see these modern German jets.

Todd Wheaton is here for the first time with his 1/144 Minicraft MD-80.  I quite enjoyed reading Todd's article on his MD-80........especially the problems he had decaling his jetliner.  Welcome to ARC Todd.

Rick Bellanger starts off today with his very colourful 1/32 Revell MiG 29 UB.  Rick chose the markings for the  Russian Demo Team "Swift's".  After seeing Rick's article, I have an urge to see this demo team at an airshow.....must be quite the sight. 

I have a preview of the 1/72 F-14D "Felix in the Fight" decal sheet.  This sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics includes markings for quite a few Tomcats from VF-31 Tomcatters with plenty of mission markings. 

I have a review of the 1/32 F/A-18C Super Detailed Cockpit (early configuration)  Cutting Edge ModelworksThis is one sweet set.

Thursday, Oct 2  2003

  Guinea Independence Day   

Ray Seppala is here with his 1/144 Airfix 'Pepsi' Concorde.  This is without a doubt one of the more interesting Concorde paint schemes.  Too Cool Ray!!

Jamie Cheslo is here today with his first article on ARC.  this is Jamie's 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk. IIc.  Jamie added some PE seatbelt but  mostly built this great looking Hurricane straight from the box.  welcome to ARC Jamie!!

Eric Bade has sent in a double header.  This is his 1/72 Fujimi NA F-86F-40 Sabre and 1/72 Hasegawa NA F-86D Sabre Dog. One of his Sabres is in Portuguese markings and the other is in US markings.  Looking good Eric!!!  I love the weathering on the Portuguese F-86F.

Mirko Meier is here from Peru with his 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190 D-9.   Mirko enjoyed build his Dora and he did a very nice job on the paint scheme.

You all know Joe Youngerman by his models on ARC....well today you get to see Joe Youngerman's ARC'ers page.  It's always interesting to see other modellers work areas and to put a face to the name.  Joe also included a funny pic of his humble home.

I have a review of the 1/32 F-105 Fancy Girls Part 2 decal sheet Cutting Edge ModelworksThis one contains some quite nice Nudie noseart.  Two Thuds are included on this decal sheet.

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/72 A-10A "Shark Bait" decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis is the sheet that featured KC Campbell.....1/72 Hog builder rejoice!!!

Sidney Nijeboer has sent in 45 photos from the recent Royal Dutch Air Force Open House.  Sidney has included plenty of "colour birds" from various air forces around Europe and North America.  

Eli at Albatros Modelworks has sent a sneak peek image of some coming releases from Albatros sister co. ZOTZ.  WOW.....you're going to love the tail art on these ones!!!  These decals will be available in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32.

Wednesday, Oct  1  2003

  Cyprus Independence Day 

  People's Republic of China National Day 

Busolini Massimo has mastered the art of airbrushing.  His 1/48 "FREMS" Aermacchi MB-339A is perfect in my book.  Heck he even airbrushed faded orange on the wing tips to simulate sun fading.  His panel line shading has the look of a full sized jet. 

Yuval Kizner has built the 1/48 Monogram Mi-24 Hind and displayed it opened up.  Very well done.  Good to see a Hind on ARC. 

Darren McGuinness is here with a wonderful 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat in the markings of VF-111 Sundowners.  I don't know about the other Tomcat fans......but a Sharks mouth on a  Naval jet just looks so.....PERFECT!!! 

Randy Lutz is here with one of his OOB beauties.  This is Randy's 1/48 Tamiya Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat which he gave his usual expert attention to detail. 

I have a review of the 1/32 X-1E Conversion set for Revell kit Cutting Edge ModelworksThis set will permit you to take the X-1 Revell kit and turn it into an X-1E.

I have a preview of the 1/72 B-1B "Seek and Destroy" decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheets features 3 different B-1B's including the one that tried to kill Saddam Hussien.

Mike Oulie has sent me some info about his business....Mikes Custom Plastic Supplies which supplies plastic sheet for vacu-formers and scratchbuilders.