Homepage Text - June 2004

Wednesday,  June 30  2004      

I'm Baaaack!!!  The CD Classroom Yearbooks for my 2 daughters took most of my time during the past month....and especially the past week with me working 18 hours a day on them over the last 4 days.  The CD's were eagerly received by all the kids and parents....especially the families that got one last year. 

Stefan Szymanski begins our update today with his beautifully detailed and weathered 1/48 Academy Su-27 "Flanker".  Stefan has definite talent for weathering. 

Frank Dargies has gone hog wild with details sets on his 1/48 Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk. VI.   

Evgenij Dedigurov is here today with his 1/72 AMODEL  Sukhoi T-4 "Sotka".  This is a very interesting Cold War bomber design....with a great looking job on the bare metal finish. 

Mark Davies has dropped by with his 1/72 Italeri Henschel Hs 128 B-1 which he gave one of those complicated Luftwaffe paint schemes.  Beautifully done.

I have a preview of the new 1/72F/A-18F VFA-154 Black Knights decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics If you like F-18's or Knights....this sheet is for you.

Friday,  June 25  2004      Mozambique Independence Day   

  Croatia Independence Day                Slovenia National Day 

J.C. Bahr begins today's update with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-16C Block 52 "Apollyon".  J.C. made his own conformal fuel tanks and he details this process in his article.  Then he finished off his F-16 in Greek markings.....beauty!!  

David M. Reinecke is here with his first article on ARC.  This is David's 1/48 Tamiya Dornier Do-335A that he weathered to add realism.  A very nice example of this famous 2 engined fighter.....welcome to ARC David.

Mark Davies joins us from New Zealand with his colourful 1/72 Airfix Fouga MagisterMark finished his Fouga Magister in the marking of an New Zealand jet.  Definately colourful markings...nice one Mark. 

Thursday,  June 24  2004           Order of Malta --  St. John's Day  

No update today....but after 19 hours of work on Wednesday I did manage to finish a pre-production CD for the second class.  I now have completed the rough copies for each of the two classes.  I now hand these off to the teachers to get text telling about each field trip and classroom event.  I now have to learn how to use a new device and program I bought for transferring hi-8 video to a computer file.  This will get added to the CD's next.   Regarding the second CD.....it measured in at a fat 1.6gig.....a CD only holds .7 gig max....so I had to compress the photos here and there to get things to fit.  I finally got it down to .652 gigs.  I'm not sure but I guessing the CD for this one class has 1200 to 1500 photos.  :-)  INSANE!!!  ;-)

Thanks for your understanding.....I do sadly miss doing the ARC updates.

Wednesday,  June 23  2004           Luxembourg  National Day  

I'm in the midst of the frantic time of the year as I create the Classroom Yearbook CD for each of my 2 young daughters elementary school classes.  All during the school year I have attended all fieldtrips and classroom parties and shot photos of those events as well as the kids artwork in the school hallway etc, etc.  On top of that I have shot video.  Now I am taking the 1500 photos (750 per class) and various clips of video and sorting through it all and creating a website on a CD.  Once finished, I will burn a copy for each child and hand them out on the last day of school next Tuesday.  On Monday I worked on this from 9am until 3am the following morning...19 hours....and this is why there was no update on Tuesday.  This is my little way to preserve some memories for my daughters and their classmates in these early years.  And the cost to the other parents......$4...which is the cost of the re-writable CD and a label.  Needless to say.....it is popular.

Hank Gruben is here with his beautifully done 1/48 Airfix Supermarine Seafire Fr.47.  Good grief.....I don't know what I like more......the folded wings of the stripes.  Sweet!!! 

Keith Money likes to build 1/32.  Then he decided to build a 1/72 ESCI A-7E Corsair II but detail it up like a 1/32 model.  His finished 1/72 A-7 is the fantastic results of his efforts. 

Anthony Manzoli is a master at building Bf-109's.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109G-6/R6 done up with his usual skill at airbrushing and weathering. 

Graham Symmonds is here with his very attractive 1/48 Sword T-38A Talon done up in Aggressor markings from Twobobs.  You've got to check out the seats in this one....great looking seatbelt detail.

Tuesday,  June 22  2004                 No update today.
Monday,  June 21  2004      

There will be a VNAF Model Aircraft Exhibition in Westminister California on Saturday July 3.  Click on the picture to the left of the text hyperlink for full details.

Massimo Giugnoli is here from Italy with his first article on ARC.  This is Massimo's 1/48 Hasegawa Me-109 G6/U3  finished off in Italian markings.  The model and diorama base are beautifully done.  Welcome to ARC Massimo!!! 

Rui Morgado is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Rui's 1/48 Hasegawa SH-3H "SeaKing".  Rui put plenty of work into his SeaKing as you will see when you check out his article.  Great photos as well.  Welcome to ARC Rui!!! 

Sebastijan "Doctor Tomcat" Videc is here today with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat.  Sebastijan finished off his F-14 in markings for VF-103 Sluggers.  He used a resin cockpit and weathered his F-14....very nice indeed.

I have a review of the new 1/48 P-51D decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis decal sheet features some attractive bare metal Mustangs with noseart flown by Aces....including some nudie nose art..

I have a review of the new 1/48 and 1/72 B-24's Libby Gals #2  decal sheet  from Zotz Decals.  Two B-24's are featured....both include attractive nose art of attractive women. 

Gary Wickham is a master of Aircraft Panel Lines and today he's here with his Step-By-Step Guide to doing panel line weathering.  Well done Gary.

Sunday,  June 20  2004                        Happy Father's Day!!!

Nathan Slesinger begins today's update with his beautufully painted 1/72 Hasegawa Su-27.  Nathan used Cutting Edge Decals to finish his very striking Su-27.  It's great to see these complicated paint schemes.

J.C. Bahr is here with a very attractive 1/72 Hasegawa F4F-3.  JC goes into lovely detail about building one of these colorful pre-war Wildcats.  Very nice indeed.

Jojo B Cruz has dropped by with his Hasegawa Egg-16.  It seems this particular model impressed Jojo's wife.....gotta' love a wife that appreciates a model like this.....these Egg models are pretty cool. 

Saturday,  June 19  2004      

Polly Singh begins today's update with his 1/48 Tamiya Nakajima Ki 84 Hayate.  You have to check out the paint scheme on this one and read how Polly achieved his results....very interesting.     

Les Horvath has dropped by with his very nicely weathered 1/48 Monogram F-105G Wild Weasel.  Les has provided some very informative text in his article about how he did the weathered paint scheme on his Thud. 

Mark Davies is here with his 1/72 Super Model Savoia Marchetti SM 81.   This is an older kit, but Mark turned it into a beauty with a very attractive paint scheme.  

Friday,  June 18  2004      
My heart is heavy today with the passing of our friend Kent Kinal.  I'd like to share my story remembering Kent ....he helped so many people in a very positive way and he will always be remembered by me..

Tori is the daughter of an ARC regular.  today she presents her first article on ARC.  This is her 1/100th Testors F-15 Eagle for your enjoyment.  I quite enjoyed seeing Tori's F-15 and look forward to seeing her next model on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Tori.

Geoff Pereira is here with his 1/48 Academy P-47N.  Geoff finished his P-47 is a bare metal finish and used some aftermarket decals.  The P-47 is  a favourite aircraft from WW2 and it a pleasure to see Geoff's Jug on ARC today. 

Bob Aikens is here with 2 of his F-16's.  Here is Bob's 1/48 Italeri F-16C & F-16B/D with one finished in IDF markings and  a very aggressive looking camo scheme.  Nicely done F-16's Bob.

Erik Wauters has dropped by with his little brightly coloured 1/72 Revell Fokker Dr. I.  this Tri-plane is a popular choice for ww1 modellers and Erik did it justice. 

Igor Cernisevski has dropped by with his high altitude 1/72 Italeri Spitfire Mk.IX.  he calls his article "High Flyer" and in his article he includes some helpful info about these stripped down Spitfires.

Charles Wong is here with some F-16D RSAF walkaround photos. 

Thursday,  June 17  2004                         Iceland   

I got my computer back late Wednesday evening.  The problem was a cheap fix....CDN$65......it seems the little 'watch' battery in my P-3 was dead....this re-set all my monitor settings to default.....and since I have a special monitor set-up ....it caused my computer to appear very dead.  One of the 2 CPU fans was also making noise so they replaced that was well.  Updates begin Friday. I'd like to extend a very special thank-you for all your offers of support.......the ARC family was front in center offering much support.....thanks everyone!!!!   It looks like I can keep my trusty ol' P-3 for a few more years at least.  It does all I need it to do.  As a side note......I've been busy the last few days attending class events with my daughters and doing piles of woodworking......I'm making shelves etc to organize my new ARC work area in my cool basement.  

Monday,  June 14  2004        United Kingdom  

My main computer I use for ARC has died.  It appears to be either a fried CPU or motherboard.  I will be taking it into a Tech on Tuesday for assessment and then I'll probably begin the task of giving it some very serious upgrading.  I'm unable to update ARC because all the ARC files are stored on the dead machine's hard drives.....the data is safe....but a bit tied up.  It may be a few days before I get this sorted out.   My apologies.  Steve B.

Sunday,  June 13  2004      

Manuel J. Armas S. begins today's update with his 1/48 Italeri EF2000.  Manuel finished his very well done EF2000 in German markings.

Jon Ochoa joins us today with his 1/48 Revell Me-109G-10.  Jon dropped the flaps and custom painted his markings.  Nice one Jon.

Sam Harvey is here today with his 1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000C.  Sam used Twobobs decals to finish his great looking Mirage 2000. 

Saturday,  June 12  2004      Philippines Independence Day     Russia National Day

Today's update is a bit late.....I had some computer problems to deal with.

Jonjon Limjap joins us on this special day from IPMS-Philippines, Bert Anido Chapter.  This is Jonjon's 1/72 Kangnam Vought F-8E Crusader (modified to F-8H) and finished in Philippines Air Force markings.  Welcome To ARC Jonjon.

Edmond Dalida is also a member of the  IPMS-Philippines, Bert Anido Chapter and his model for this special day is his 1/72 Revell F-5B  in "Philippine Air Force" markings.

Mark Davies is here from New Zealand with his 1/72 Academy Vought Corsair IVMark finished his Corsair in the markings for British Fleet Air Arm.   Nice one Mark.......always interesting to see non-US markings on Corsairs.

Friday,  June 11  2004      

Haik Martirossian gets thing started today with a colourful selection of his airliner models.  This is his 1/144 Revell A330 and RJ-85.  Haik has a talent for airliner models.

Christian Curec  is here from Romania with his 1/48 Revell Me-109 G10 which he weathered to get that realistic look.  Christian did a very good job on the difficult Luftwaffe paint scheme.  

Thang Le is here with his latest.  This is Thang's 1/48 Monogram Crusader with darkened panel lines and weathering as well as an attractive paint scheme. 

Tolga Ulgur has been busy building his 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk XII which he converted from Tamiya Mk.V.  This one has a great looking cockpit and painting / weathering job done to it.  

Gareth Phua is here with a Tools n Tips article about building a Cheap & Portable Spraybooth.  This is very interesting.

I have a review of the new Libby Gals #1 1/48 and 1/72 B-24 decal sheet  from Zotz DecalsWarning....this decal sheet features sexy nude art.

Thursday,  June 10  2004               Portugal National Day   

Dave 'Merlin' Burrow is here to honour Portugal today with his 1/72 Italeri EH101 finished off in 'Portugese' markings.  Dave finished his good looking EH-101 in an attractive 3 colour camo scheme.  Nice one Dave.

Mike Wood is here for the first time today.  This is Mike's 1/48 Monogram F-100D in a bare metal finish.  Mike did a very impressive job on his BMF and the darkened area at the rear of the fuselage.  Welcome to ARC Mike. 

Marcius Cesar Costa is here from Brazil with his 1/72 Academy P-47 diorama.  Marcius has included vehicles and figures in his diorama.  Always good to see those Brazilian P-47's.

Gary Wickham kicks off today's update with his big article on his 1/48 Revell Rafale M.  Gary  has been busy on his Rafale and I think you'll all enjoy seeing how it turned out.

I have a review of the new 1/32 Fw-190A-7 and Fw-190F-8 decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet features 2 late war Fw-190's....one of which has quite the interesting set of fuselage numbers. 

I have a review of the new 1/48 and 1/72 F-16 Vivacious Vipers #1 decal sheet from Zotz DecalsThis sheet features over 24 F-16's from 7 different countries.....and piles of artwork on many of these jets.

Ted Taylor is here with a  review of the 1/72 and 1/48 Very Colourful Sabres decal sheet from Euro Decals.  This sheet features many colourful F-86's include a Japanese F-86. 

Wednesday,  June 9  2004      

IPMS St. Louis is having a Swap and Sell on June 19  Click here for more details.

David Fredericks is here with his 1/72 Academy/Minicraft RAAF Lockheed Ventura .  Yet another beauty from David from Down under. 

Praveen KS is here from India with his 1/48 Academy MiG-21 PF.  This is Praveen's second article on ARC and he  chose to do his MiG in Egyptian Air Force markings.  Good looking miG-21 Praveen. 

Chris Crowder is here today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Ju-88G6c.  The paint scheme on this one has to be seen to be believed....amazing skill. 

Manuel J. Armas S. is here with his nicely weathered 1/48 Revell Monogram F-4J Phantom IIThis is the famous MIG ACE from Vietnam called "Showtime 100".   Good to see this particular aircraft done so well.

Tuesday,  June 8  2004      

I'm pleased to welcome a new ARC sponsor to the home page today.  They are Hobbyeasy based out of Hong Kong.  They carry a large variety of model related items.  In the top left 

corner of their website, you can choose to display the prices on their website in any currency.  Welcome to ARC Hobbyeasy!!!  

Steve Dzurek is here with his first article on ARC.  You know him as <BARAK> on the ARC Discussion Forums and this is his 1/32 Revell Mosquito.  He added resin details to the inside and outside of his big Mosquito and finished it off with a beautiful looking camo scheme.  Welcome to ARC Steve!!! 

Marco A. Ortiz Rivera is here with his first article on ARC.  Today he shows us 4 of his profile images of A-4's from Argentina and Brazil.  Very nicely done Marco....welcome to ARC!!

Jorge Bonilla Alvarado has dropped by with his well done and realistically weathered 1/48 MiG-3.  This is a fine example of this famous WW2 aircraft. 

Polly Singh has dropped by with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Bf 109 E that he converted into G-2/F-4/TROP flown by the famous Luftwaffe pilot Marseille.  A fine conversion of a great look aircraft.

Ted Taylor is here with the most famous 1/48 Italeri/ESCI S-3A/B Viking to ever fly.  This is the NAVY 1 Sub Hunter aircraft flown by US President Bush.  Ted does this one justice. 

I have a review of the new 1/32 Fw-190A-8 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  Two different Fw-190A-8's are featured on this decal sheet......both with noseart.

Monday,  June 7  2004          US Carrier Yorktown sunk (1942)  
No update today......I'm taking a day off to rest.
Sunday,  June 6  2004        Sweden National Day          D-day 60th Anniversary   

Operation Overlord....the D-day landing happened 60 years ago today.  This was a massive operation.  Today's updates is massive to help you reflect on the scale of Operation Overlord.  Special thanks to today's contributors for making this possible.  First I'll begin with 2 models to honour Sweden on her special day.

Mark J Davies is here to honour Sweden with his 1/72 Heller Saab J 21.  This is an odd looking prop aircraft that reminds me very much of the twin boom jets used by the British and others. 

Mark Davies is here with his second Swedish aircraft model for today's update.  This is mark's 1/72 Heller Saab J 32 B Lansen and he goes into some good detail in his article about building his J-32 model. 

Tom Choy put so much work into this D-day update.....and I wanted to begin with his D-day article.  this is his 1/48 ICM Spitfire Mk.VII....very nicely done Tom....thanks for all your help. 

The Indonesian Scale Model Society (ISMS) has been busy with their D-Day groupbuild and today they present 13 different models to mark D-day.  Enjoy. 

Julien Haccoun is here with his stunning 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Diorama.  After seeing this diorama I am quite inspired. 

Douglas K. L. Chan is here to honour the B-17 crews with his 120mm Verlinden Productions Bandit 2 O'Clock B-17 Gunner.   Beautifully done and an excellent article. 

Marcelo Ribeiro is here with his C-47 Skytrain profile - D-Day markings.  Very well done Marcelo. 

Giuseppe Penna is here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47.  I love the checker board paint scheme. 

Joe Volz is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk. IX.  a d-day update wouldn't be complete with out Spitfires. 

Neil Burkill is here with his 1/48 Falcon Beaufighter.  This one is up to Neil's usual high standards. 

Bruce Bell is here with his dirty 1/48 Accurate Miniatures P-51A.  Look closely and you can see d-day stripes on the wings. 

Joe Youngerman is here with another of his gems.  This is Joe's 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk IX....very nice indeed. 

Ted Taylor is here with his 1/48 Monogram B-26 Marauder.  Quite the eye catcher Ted!! 

Jim Barnett is here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt.  Jim got excellent results from this very well done kit. 

Ed Barthelmes has sent in his 1/72 Italeri A-6E in a  special D-day paint scheme.  A treat to see Ed.

Don Russell is here with his 1/72 Italeri C-47.  this aircraft was critical in Operation Overlord.  Beautifully Done Don. 

James Kelley is here with his 1/72 Tamiya P-47D done up in artwork he calls Normandy Dawn.  James has included 2 of his images. 

Bill Dedig is here with another D-day Spitfire.  This is Bill's 1/48 Hasagawa Spitfire IXc.  A very well done model. 

Shekar K Rao is here with his 1/72 Academy P-51B Mustang 'Old Crow', flown by Capt. Clarence E. 'Bud' Anderson, D-Day 6th June 1944.  Another famous aircraft.

Jamie Cheslo has sent in his checkerboard 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop.  Nice one Jamie. 

Leander Niederhauser is here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt.  Leander gave it a bare metal finish, weathering and chipped paint on the anti glare panel.  A very realistic looking P-47.

Ted Taylor is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter TF.X.  Beautifully done as usual Ted. 

Greg Wise is here with his Hasegawa P-51D Mustang.  This Mustang is masterfully done......but the photos are fantastic. 

Iwan Winarta joins us with his 1/72 Revell P-47D Thunderbolt.  This one includes a bare metal finish and weathering. 

Jim Barnett is here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.  jim gave this one some great markings. 

Ted Taylor is here with his AMT A-20J Havoc in D-day markings.  Another beauty Ted. 

Leander Niederhauser is also here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.  Leander has a definite talent for realism. 

Mike Boyd is here with some C-47A walkaround photos in D-Day markings.

Saturday,  June 5  2004              Denmark Constitutional Day   

  Seychelles Liberation Day            

Timothy Pham is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Timothy's 1/72 Italeri VNAF AC-119K Gunship which he weathered very nicely to give it that well used look.  Nice one Timothy....welcome to ARC. 

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his beautifully built and realistically weathered 1/48 Revell F-4E Phantom II.  Excellent work.  

Mark Davies is here with an odd looking little aircraft.  This is his 1/72 ICM Polikarpov I-1 (Il-400b)  which is a Soviet fighter from the 1920's.  Mark built it in a couple of days and even scratch built some detail items for it.  An interesting and well done model to be sure.

Craig Sargent is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire IXc  which he finished as  Israel's First Spitfire.  Craig has provided some history behind this very interesting and historically important Spitfire.  It is a treat to see this spitfire on ARC.

Emad F.Tabsh has sent in a review of the 1/32 GBU-31 from Black Box.  Emad's review includes 3 images. 

Friday,  June 4  2004                    Battle of Midway (1942)  
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David Fredericks joins us today with his 1/72 Special Hobby RAAF Vultee Vengeance.  This is a limited run kit and was an aircraft use by the RAAF during WW2.  Dave has created a beautiful example and you must have a look at the nose art.......quite funny.

Steve Filak, Sr.....one of the original creators of ARC......is here today with his 1/48 Academy F-14A.  Steve finished his Tomcat in  VF-84 Jolly Rogers (Early TPS Scheme).  but you have to check out his patchy paint scheme....this is exactly what USN aircraft look like. 

Bobby McElroy is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki “Tojo”.  Bobby has a talent for weathering and paint chipping as you'll see on his Ki-44.  Bobby is a teacher and has set up a scale modeling club at his school for the students.  Well done Bobby!!! 

Juan Ramon Garcia Martin has dropped by from Spain with his latest model.  This is Juan's 1/72 Revell Tornado in Royal Saudi Air Force markings.  The camo scheme and weathering are amazingly well done......remember this is 1/72!!! 

I have a preview of the new 1/48 Hellcat Engine Cowl from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis set is due to be released in the near future and will be a definite enhancement for anyone building the Hasegawa Hellcat.

I have a review of the new 1/72 Shuttle Orbiter Nozzles from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  These nozzles replace the kit nozzles in the HUGE 1/72 Space shuttle kit.

I have a review of the new 1/32 F-15E Saddam Hunters!! decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet contains some of the most interesting noseart ever painted on an F-15.

A reminder.....Ming Ho has created and loaded the June 2004 Calendar images.  This months calendar image is a French Mirage photo taken by ARC regular Bill Bulek at the recent Maple Flag in Canada.  

Thursday,  June 3  2004       

Marcius Cesar Costa begins today's update with his 1/72 GIIC Models EMB 111 in Brazilian markings.  This is a very well done model of this resin kit. 

Haik Martirossian has been busy.  He is here today with his 1/144 Revell Airbus A321 which he added functioning lights to.  Haik has a talent for lighting up his small airliners.  And yes....the light that are supposed to flash do indeed flash. 

Mike Lepek has dropped by with his 1/72 Italeri H-21C SHAWNEE  “THE FLYING GRASSHOPPER”.  Mike has included some history behind this chopper which he did a stunning weathering job on. 

Daniel PerezVertti has been busy creating his 1/72 Italeri F-5E Tunisian Tiger.  Daniel did some modifications to his F-5 to get thing correct for his Tunisian F-5, then finished it off with a quite interesting camo scheme.   

I have a review of the new 1/48 F-4E South East Asia Heroes decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features 2 different F-4's from the Vietnam War.

I have a review of the new 1/144 Columbia Fin Tip Camera Pod from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  You'll need this item if you are intent on building the later configuration of the space shuttle Columbia.

I have a review of the new 1/48 Harrier Extended In-flight refueling Probe  from AMRAAM Line.

Wednesday,  June 2  2004                Italy National Day   

Gianni Chirico is here from Italy to mark Italy's National Day in 2004 with his 1/72 Hasegawa P-47D.  Gianni did a excellent job on his bare metal finish and weathering on his P-47. 

Giuseppe Penna is here from Italy to mark Italy's National Day in 2004 with his 1/48 P-39 Airacobra.  Giuseppe finished his P-39 in Yellow cab NYC markings. 

Andrew George is here with his 1/48 Italeri Bell 206B / OH-58A Kiowa in Australian markings.  This particular Aussie chopper served in Vietnam.  Andrew did a great job detailing and finishing this model. 

Manuel J. Armas S. has dropped by from Lima Peru  with his 1/48 Academy F-15E Strike Eagle.  Manuel gave his Strike Eagle a full weapons load and finished it off with Twobobs decals.  Good looking F-15 Manuel.   

Neil Burkill (AKA Mr Paragon) is here with his 1/72 Tamiya Mosquito FB VI Neil finished off his Mosquito with a realistic weathering job.   Beautiful as always Neil.

Ming Ho is here with the June 2004 Calendar images.  This months calendar image is a French Mirage photo taken by ARC regular Bill Bulek at the recent Maple Flag in Canada.  

I have a review of the new 1/24 Spitfire Mk I/II/V pilots seat from Cutting Edge Modelworks This resin seat is designed for the Trumpeter and Airfix 1/24 Spitfires. 

I have a review of the new 1/72 CL-215 Fire bomber decal sheet in Province of Newfoundland markings from Leading Edge ModelsThis very colourful water bomber is the latest offering from Leading Edge models.

Tuesday,  June 1  2004       Western Samoa Independence Celebration Day

James Griffiths begins today's update with his first article on ARC.  this is Jim's 1/48 Revell F-14D Tomcat which he put much effort into and ended up with a splendid looking Tomcat.  Check out his weathering job.  Welcome to ARC Jim.

H.Ufuk Aydiner has dropped by with another of his WW2 Luftwaffe beauties.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya Dornier 335 "Anteater".  This one is very well done and he built it in only 7 hours.

Jim Sullivan is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is Jim's neat looking 1/72 Heller SAAB J-21R.  I must confess I've never heard of this older SAAB and it's a treat to see it......especially in Swedish marking.  welcome to ARC Jim. 

Paulo Guimarães has dropped by with an article that is sure to make the Chopper crowd grin.  This is his 1/72 Italeri UH-1C Gunship and Paulo includes some history of his SEA chopper.  Always good to see Helo's on ARC.

I have a preview of the new 1/72 F-16C Shaw Vipers decal sheet from  Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 4 different F-16C's.  One of the F-16's on this sheet destroyed the Apache that was downed by Iraqi AAA.

I have the 4th and final F-4 seamless intake set from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis set contains 1/48 F-4K/M Seamless intakes and is sure to be popular with F-4 builders.

A quick note on the archiving on ARC.  Last weekend went well and I've managed to archive most of the review articles and all of the walkarounds....which was about 1/3rd of the backlogged archiving.  I'll continue to poke away at it.